When Shenendehowa and Bethlehem met in the Suburban Council this season the Plainsmen took an 8-7 win.
Whether or not today’s Section II Class AA softball championship game follows the same script is anyone’s guess.
“I’m just ecstatic to play in the final. As soon as I found out Bethlehem won, I was ready to play them,” said Shenendehowa shortstop Marlin Solano. “They have a lot of great hitters, but so do we.”
“We got behind, 8-3, and we made five errors,” said Bethlehem coach Karen Gentile of the regular-season meeting of the finalists. “It wasn’t one of our better games.”
The Class AA title game is one of five being contested today at Clifton Common, all with scheduled 5 p.m. starts.
Top-seeded Shenendehowa won the SC North Division title and the overall championship. Bethlehem, the third seed, shared the SC South crown with 2010 champ Colonie, then beat the Garnet Raiders in the semis, a rematch from last year’s ‘AA’ final.
Duanesburg will be going after its seventh consecutive Class C title when it takes the field against Greenwich in another rematch from last season.
“They’re a good team. They play in a good league,” said Duanesburg coach John Conway of the 15-8 Witches. “They’ve got some good players, like Dani DeGregory.”
The 21-2 Eagles have some talent of their own, starting with junior pitcher Dani Hennel, who has thrown six no-hitters this season.
Mechanicville also has a strong postseason history under coach Don Arceneaux. The Red Raiders, who have won six state titles, play Hoosick Falls in the Class B title game.