Ballston Spa, Fort Plain, Schalmont athletes shine

Sectional numbers of note
Johnstown lacrosse star Taryn Ringer scored 10 goals in a sectional game.
Johnstown lacrosse star Taryn Ringer scored 10 goals in a sectional game.

The just-concluded Section II playoffs provided a vast quantity of noteworthy performances in a variety of sports. Here is a look at a number of them.


Strikeouts registered by Ballston Spa junior Lauren Kersch during a perfect pitching performance when the Scotties beat Scotia-Glenville 13-0 in a six-inning Class A softball semifinal that included two homers from Alison Sgambati. Kersch also fanned 15 in a 7-0 quarterfinal win against Amsterdam when Angelina Stile clubbed a grand slam.


Strikeouts chalked up by Fort Plain junior John Cortese in his five innings of work when the Hilltoppers beat Hoosick Falls 10-0 in the Class C baseball final. Cortese struck out the side in every inning but the second, and the only out recorded by the Fort Plain defense during his stint came on a stolen base attempt.


Points collected by Johnstown sophomore Taryn Ringer when the Lady Bills defeated Schuylerville 19-12 in a Section II Class D lacrosse semifinal. Ringer set school one-game records with her 10 goals and 12 points. The star midfielder scored four more goals when Johnstown beat Holy Names 16-10 and clinched its first area title since the 2006 season.


Innings pitched by Averill Park senior Avery Pascucci, of the 13 that were played, when the Warriors outlasted Amsterdam 3-2 in a Class A baseball semifinal game. Pascucci scattered 11 hits in his marathon effort and surrendered two earned runs before reaching the 125-pitch state limit. Averill Park broke a 2-2 tie on a squeeze bunt by Anthony Childrose in the top of the 13th inning.


Consecutive Section II Class D softball titles won by Fort Ann after the No. 3-seeded Cardinals topped No. 2 Salem 15-0 and then No. 1 and previously  unbeaten Whitehall 5-2. The Shenendehowa (Group 1) and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Group 2) girls’ track and field teams both  won sectional titles for the seventh year in a row, and the Saratoga Springs boys’ team (Group 1) prevailed for the sixth straight time. Burnt Hills also won its third straight Section II Class C girls’ lacrosse title.


Goals scored by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake sophomore Allie Connally, tying the school one-game record, in a 21-3 Class C lacrosse semifinal win over Glens Falls. Sophomore Carly Szczepaniak piled up two goals and seven assists in that game, and sophomore Izzy Adams collected five goals and two assists in a 13-5 title-game win over Averill Park.


Matches won by Chatham senior Keon Armstrong in the Section II individual tennis tournament, capped by a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Eric Schuman of Averill Park in the championship final. Armstrong beat Damian Bruce of Gloversville in the quarterfinals 6-2, 7-6 (5), and defeated top-seeded Nick Grasso of Saratoga Springs in the semifinals 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6). Armstrong later placed second in the consolation bracket at the state tournament.


Home runs hit by the Colonie softball team when it beat Bethlehem 17-4 for its first Section II Class AA title since the 2010 season. Chloe Vanburen belted two home runs, Jaclyn Dyer and Jen McCumber also homered, and the trio combined for 11 RBI. Vanburen and Myaisha Kelly homered in Colonie’s 4-3 semifinal win over Shenendehowa.


Events won by Schalmont junior Mia D’Ambrosio at the Group 2 track and field championships, when she swept the 100, 200 and 400 sprints. D’Ambrosio repeated the feat at the state meet Divison 2 qualifier, and set Section II records there in the 100 final with an 11.89 (Klarissa Ricks of Holy Names ran 11.93 in 2011) and with a 24.43 in the 200 prelims (Kyle Plante of Colonie ran 24.45 in 2012).


Number of times Shenendehowa junior Jake Reinisch drove in the game-winning run in the Section II Class AA baseball final four. His walk-off, seventh-inning single gave Shenendehowa a 3-2 semifinal win over Saratoga Springs. The Wake Forest-bound third baseman broke a 1-1 ninth-inning tie with an RBI triple, and the Plainsmen added five more runs, in a 7-1 title-game win over Niskayuna.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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