Queensbury powers past Scotia-Glenville softball

STAN HUDY/THE DAILY GAZETTEAyanna Ortiz-Nicklas gets around on a pitch against Queensbury Friday afternoon in Foothills Council action at Scotia-Glenville Middle School softball fields. May 21, 2021.
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Ayanna Ortiz-Nicklas gets around on a pitch against Queensbury Friday afternoon in Foothills Council action at Scotia-Glenville Middle School softball fields. May 21, 2021.

GLENVILLE — For the second consecutive contest, another squad from the northern half of the Foothills Council got the best of Scotia-Glenville.

Queensbury handed the Tartans a 13-5 loss Friday afternoon, which followed up Scotia-Glenville’s 4-2 loss to South Glens Falls on the road earlier in the week.

“You get one look at them and that’s it,” Scotia-Glenville coach Eric McNulty said. “We just play them once, unfortunately you don’t get that second opportunity to try and get them back. These games count up north, you really need them.”

The Tartans led 5-4 through three innings before Queensbury broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning and extended the lead in the sixth and seventh inning.

“The problem with us was that we were hitting the ball, getting people on and even capitalizing on their mistakes, but we couldn’t get them around when they got on,” McNulty said. “That’s the difference . . . and they did.”

The Spartans (6-2) watershed fourth inning was assisted by Scotia-Glenville’s three errors, leading to five unearned runs.

“Today was a little bit unusual, but when you’re playing a good team, the pressure is on,” Scotia senior captain Emma Schaub said. “When you’re young, you’re not used to it, the pressure can be hard to deal with. Errors are going to happen; it’s just how you bounce back from them.”

The five-run fourth took its toll on Tartans starter Gina Cassaro, lifted for Schaub to start the sixth.

“I could see it in [her] face in the third, fourth inning, she was getting flush and red,” McNulty said. “She’s pitched every game, every other day for us. It’s a lot of innings to put in, a lot to ask of one pitcher.”

Queensbury pitcher Alexis Rogers was sharper the second time though the Scotia-Glenville lineup. She limited the Tartans to two walks and a pinch-hit single by Morgan Ebert in the sixth inning.

Rogers helped her own cause at the plate Friday, going 3-for-4 including an inside-the-park home run in the seventh on a blast into the gap that rolled all the way to the outfield fence.

With its four of its five northern foes out of the way, Scotia-Glenville hopes to start another winning streak.

“The one thing that you need to do when you have two losses, you need to learn from that and work on what didn’t happen in those games,” Schaub said. “Now we’re just going to go back to practice, work on hitting, work on some of those tricky plays and we’ll be ready for the next one.”

Queensbury       112 503 1 — 13 16 3

Scotia-Glenville 212 000 0 — 5  4 3

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