SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Chaos fare well in tourney; Chatham 8-10s roll

Photo contributed The Northern Columbia Chaos 14U travel softball team recently finished as runners-up in the Niskayuna Warrior Walk Off Tournament. Pictured with their medals and the runner-up trophy are: Front row (from left): Hailey Armold, Lainey Morrison, Skylar Konkle, Julia Grounds, Riley Strobel, Hannah Ferrer. Back row: Coach Rich Grounds, Angelina VanSlyke, Leigha Wiley, Emma Holmberg, Aurora Anderson, Rose Holliday, Ava Edmond, Kasey Purdy, Manager Matt Konkle.

NISKAYUNA — The Northern Columbia Chaos 14U travel softball team participated in the Niskayuna Warrior Walk-Off Tournament, finishing in second place this past weekend.

After a blowout victory over the Brunswick Blitz, 12-1, and another against the Glens Falls Titans, 10-1, the Chaos went on to play the Adirondack Force. After jumping to a 3-0 lead through two innings, the game was called because of rain.

After going undefeated in pool play, only giving up two runs, the Chaos earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye.

The Chaos went on to face the No. 8 seed Adirondack Impact. After a slow start, Chaos went on a hit attack, cruising to a 10-2 victory and advancing into the semifinals against the Brunswick Blitz, who had knocked off the No. 4 seed in an extra inning affair.

Northern Columbia jumped on the Blitz early, scoring nine runs in the first two innings. The Blitz could only muster one run in the fourth and the Chaos took the game, 9-1, advancing to the championship game against No. 3 seed Guilderland Riptide.

The game remained tight through four innings with neither team being able to score any runs, in large part to some excellent defense. In the top of the fifth, Guilderland was able to get some timely hits and jumped on top, 5-0.

The Chaos tried to claw back, scoring one in the bottom of the fifth but in the end, couldn’t get the bats going. Guilderland went on to score four more runs, winning the title 9-1.

Pitcher Riley Strobel and shortstop Emma Holmberg both received Most Valuable Opponent Honors.

Ava Edmond led the Chaos in the tournament, collecting two home runs, a triple, five singles, seven RBI and eight runs. Riley Strobel had nine singles, two RBI and scored six runs; Kasey Purdy had four doubles, three singles, eight RBI and scord six runs; Emma Holmberg had a triple, two doubles, for singles, four RBI, scored three runs and stole a base; Leigha Wiley had two singles, an RBI and a walk.

Also, Julia Grounds had six singles, four RBI and scored four runs; Rose Holliday had five singles, two RBI and scored six runs; Lainey Morrison had five singles, an RBI and scored four runs; Hailey Arnold had four singles, three RBI and scored two runs; Aurora Anderson had four single, three RBI and scored two runs; Angelina Van Slyke had a single; Hannah Ferrer had an RBI and scored a run; and Skylar Konkle drew a walk.

In the pitching department, Riley Strobel threw 26 innings, allowing 37 hits and 14 runs (12 earned) with 14 strikeouts and five walks. Leigha Wiley struck out one, walked one and allowed two hits in two innings.



Chatham 16, Brighton 1

ROCHESTER — Chatham plated six runs in the first inning and 10 more in the second and went on to defeat Brighton, 16-1, in the New York State Little League Softball 8-10 year-old Tournament on Wednesday.

The game was stopped in the third inning because of the 15-run rule.

Chatham pitcher Laney Steltz allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts.

Zoey Ewers belted a two-run double for Chatham. Lola Lezama had an RBI triple, Abigail Scheriff and Riley Pulver each had an RBI double, Steltz had an RBI single and Stella Zigon singled.

Chatham returns to pool play action on Friday at 4 p.m. against Mid Island, before taking on Fredonia on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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