Hudson Valley Sports Report

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Pine Plains Falls In State Softball Championship

GLENS FALLS – It’s never easy for a season to end.

Especially this way, in the last game, when you know the finish is near no matter what happens.

For the Pine Plains softball team, the journey reached its conclusion Saturday with some tears.

After winning a morning semifinal, the Bombers lost in the program’s first-ever appearance in the New York State Class C championship game, falling to Rochester’s Bishop Kearney, 4-3, at Moreau Recreation Park.

All the runs were scored in the first two innings. Pine Plains broke out to 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Jo Schmidt.

But the Kings came right back in the bottom of the inning, tying it up on pair of RBI singles.

In the bottom of the second, Bishop Kearney an error by the Bombers scored one run and another RBI single made it 4-2. In the midst of this, Pine Plains coach Les Funk made a pitching change and took out semifinal winner Alex McKenzie and brought in Schmidt.

Schmidt and BK starter Emily Phelan then started mowing down batters. Neither team scored until Cat Simmons laced an RBI single in the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-3, but that’s as close as Pine Plains would draw.

Pine Plains reached the program’s first state final with a 4-0 victory over Greenville in the semifinals earlier in the morning. In a taught, tense game, McKenzie and Spartans ace Ava Fitzmaurice hooked up in a tremendous pitchers’ duel, allowing just one hit each through five innings.

But the turning point came in the top of the sixth.

Greenville had avoided Pine Plains’ Simmons like the plague all game, so when she came to bat with McKenzie on first after a leadoff single, the Spartans took a huge gamble. Greenville unintentionally intentionally walked Simmons on four pitches, putting two runners on with none out.

Big gamble, big mistake.

Haley Strang came up and followed with a two-run double and suddenly the Bombers had a 2-0 lead. Moments later, an error led to another run and it was 3-0, and Simmons added an RBI double in the seventh for the final run.

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