Adirondack Shortstop Abby Philbrick makes a great catch in left field early in the ball game.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
MHTS Summer Fun Tour
The My Hometown Sports Summer Fun Tour pulled into the Washington Mills Athletic Park this evening. Three games were going on at once at this beautiful complex, which is part of the Town of New Hartford Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Girls Summer League Softball league is made up of six, high school age teams from New Hartford, Whitesboro, Adirondack, Oneonta, Sherburne-Earlville and Hamilton.
Each team plays a double header every Tuesday night, from the first week in July through the first week in August.
The purpose of the league is mainly to develop younger players coming up into the ranks of high school softball, according to League Commissioner John Cunningham, who also coaches the New Hartford squad.
Tonight, Whitesboro took on Oneonta, Hamilton squared off against Sherburne- Earlville and New Hartford faced Adirondack.
We focused our attention on the New Hartford / Adirondack tilt. Our reasoning in choosing this game had nothing to due with the fact that it was closest to the concession stand. I promise!
Alysa Keady stepped into the pitching circle for the Lady Spartans, while Marissa McIntyre handled the throwing duties for the Lady Wildcats.
Each team had a runner in scoring position in the first inning, but neither was able to plate a run.
New Hartford had the better opportunity in the first inning, when Christine D’Ambro reached third base, after drawing a leadoff walk.
Mackenzie Holbert’s fly ball to fairly deep center field looked as though it would be deep enough to score D’Ambro, but Adirondack center fielder, Lexi Charboneau, came up throwing after the catch and gunned down D’Ambro with a perfect throw to home, to end the inning.
Adirondack grabbed the lead in the top of the second, when Abby Philbrick singled to left and quickly stole second base.
A fielder’s choice by Marissa McIntyre sent Philbrick to third. She then scored on an RBI single by Danielle Mashoccio, to give the Lady Cats a 1-0 lead.
New Hartford tied things up in the bottom of the second on an RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of Marissa Dorn, which scored Stephanie Smith, evening the game at 1-1.
The seesaw battle continued in the top of the third, as Adirondack took back the lead.
Lexi Charboneau lined a two out double and came in to score one batter later, as Sara Dohrn drilled an RBI single to right field, making the score 3-2, in favor of the kids in green.
New Hartford answered the bell in the bottom of the third, as Coach Cunningham successfully resorted to some small ball tactics.
Christine D’Ambro led things off with a perfectly placed bunt single, followed by an almost identical bunt single off the bat of Alysa Keady, putting runners at first and second with nobody out.
Then, with one away, MacKenzie Holbert’s ground ball to second resulted in Adirondack second baseman, Aliza Mathis, coming up throwing to third to try to get D’Ambro.
The ball instead sailed over the head of third baseman, Abby Crofoot, allowing D’Ambro to score and tie things up at 3-3, which is the way the game would come to a close.
The Girl’s Summer Softball League games do sometimes, end in ties. The teams ended this contest after six innings of play and immediately got prepared to play a second game.
Wins and losses do not mean nearly as much in this developmental lead as learning and repetition, which is why both teams were perfectly content with finishing the game in a dead heat, so to speak.
Alysa Keady worked six complete innings, scattering three runs, on eight hits, striking out one and walking one.
Marissa MacIntyre went the distance as well for Adirondack, allowing two earned runs, on six hits, walking four and striking out one.
Keady and MacKenzie Holbert each had two hits for New Hartford.
Abby Crofoot had two hits for Adirondack.
Thanks to Coach Cunningham for the hospitality and congratulations on operating such a fine developmental softball league for the kids!
New Hartford 3 Adirondack 3
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Adirondack 0 1 2 0 0 0 3
New Hartford 0 1 2 0 0 0 3