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High schools: Benamati’s two HRs power BHBL softball past Shaker (with BHBL photo gallery)

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Cianna Benamati swings at a pitch during Wednesday’s Suburban Council softball game against Shaker. Benamati had two home runs and a double in the Spartans’ 10-9 win.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Cianna Benamati swings at a pitch during Wednesday’s Suburban Council softball game against Shaker. Benamati had two home runs and a double in the Spartans’ 10-9 win.

HIGH SCHOOLS Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake earned a 10-9 Suburban Council win over Shaker Wednesday as Cianna Benamati hit two home runs and a double in the win. Jess DeLaFluer helped herself with her own home run in the contest and earned the win going all seven innings for the win.

Izabelle Ratcliffe hit a pair of home runs for Shaker and Sarah Syden added her own solo homer in the loss.

In other league action, Shenendehowa defeated Averill Park 10-3. Kelsey Higgins had a home run, triple and double, plus two RBIs and two runs scored, in the win. Also for Shenendehowa, Emily Baumes and Natalia Colone each had two hits and two RBIs.

Saratoga Springs pitcher Jackie Cutting scattered seven hits and struck out 11 as the Blue Streaks blanked Albany, 5-0. Sarah Decker went 2 for 3 with a double and Karlie Austin went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in the win. Ellie Ripchik scored twice for the Blue Streaks.

[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”32″ display=”basic_imagebrowser”]Columbia won 3-1 against Colonie. Olivia Urquhart struck out three batters in the complete-game win, while teammate Kellie LaPointe had a double and two RBIs, and Teagan Kreshik had a hit and scored a run. For Colonie, Taylor Quinn hit a home run.

With the score tied 1-1 through six innings, Troy’s Katie Pryor hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning as the Flying Horses defeated Ballston Spa 3-1. Allison Piscitelli delivered the lone Scotties run with a solo home run in the sixth. Troy’s Olivia Decitise struck out 14 in the complete game win, her counterpart, Livia Wiltsie struck out 16 in the loss.

A four-run sixth inning led Glens Falls past Scotia-Glenville 4-0. Glens Falls was led by Jae Graham who went 2 for 3 with Giann Endieveri earning the win, striking out nine and walking two. Tartans lead-off batter Keeley Kristel went 2 for 3 in the loss.

South Glens Falls defeated Schuylerville 14-0 in six innings in a Foothills Council matchup. Tori Young struck out six batters in six scoreless innings. Recording multiple hits and RBIs in the contest were Young, Kayden Craft and Emma Martens. 

Emma Sponzo went 4 for 4, including a triple and scoring three runs in Queensbury’s 16-1 win over Hudson Falls. Alexis Rogers went 3 for 4 in the clean-up spot, scoring three runs and adding an RBI.

Albany Academy for Girls tallied 17 hits in a 10-2 against Lansingburgh in Colonial Council action. Kyra VanDenburgh went 3 for 3 with two runs scored and a home run, knocking in four runs on the day.

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Shenendehowa exploded for 10 runs in the fourth inning propelling the Plainsmen to an 11-5 win over Averill Park in Suburban Council action. Nick Barrese went 2 for 2 with two runs scored for Shenendehowa. Nick Jos earned the win, going five innings, giving up four runs, walking two and striking out seven.

Guilderland used a two-run third inning to get past Niskayuna 4-2. Ty Santabarbara doubled in a run prior to Evan Schreivogl’s RBI single for the lead. Dan Keaney picked up the win, going five innings, striking out four for the Dutchmen. Niskayuna’s Dan Quinn and Duncan Munro both went 2 for 3 on the day.

Shaker starter Ryan Bates struck out 14 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake batters over his six innings, allowing just one hit in the Bison’s 11-1 win. Shaker’s Jack Montalto went 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Timothy Venditti and Luke Haluska were the only two Spartans to rap out hits in the loss.  

A lone run by Colonie’s Tyler Figueroa was all starter Tyler Sausville needed, striking out 11 in a 1-0 win over Columbia. Sausville allowed two hits over seven innings, walking just one batter. Columbia’s Jacob Skarlis gave up three hits, one run, striking out 10 and walking two in the loss.

Joe Gold pitched five shutout innings, giving up one hit as CBA topped Bethlehem 6-2. Lead-off batter Ryan Bilka went 2 for 2 with two runs scored for CBA. Michael O’Shaughnessy went 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs with Luke Szepek followed, going 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Andrew Wilson struck out 14 and allowed one hit in five innings of work as Scotia-Glenville beat Johnstown 9-0 in the Foothills Council. Zach Place had a double and single for the Tartans. Ryan Allen, Aiden Streeter and Patrick Baum each had a double.

A six-run fifth inning pushed Broadalbin-Perth past Hudson Falls 14-4 as Luke Tambasco went 2 for 5 with a triple and four runs scored for the Patriots. Sean Helferich went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs for Broadalbin-Perth. 

Aviv Drucker was the winning pitcher as Albany Academy outlasted Lansingburgh 17-14, in Colonial Council action. Geneo Savoca went 3 for 4 with four RBIs for Albany Academy.

Cohoes held off Ichabod Crane, 7-5 as Austin Smith went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in the win. Ichabod Crane’s Gunnar Grether-McLaughlin went 1 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs.

Luke Cassin went 3 for 3 with an RBI as Waterford-Halfmoon defeated Tamarac 3-1, in Wasaren League action. Fordian pitcher Werkie Hayes went the distance, giving up a run on six hits. He struck out nine and walked one. 

Hoosic Valley rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, earning a 7-5 win over Hoosick Falls. Michael Lancaster went 2 for 2 with a double for Hoosic Valley. Tucker Thayne went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and three RBI for Hoosick Falls.


Niskayuna boys’ lacrosse withstood a five-goal fourth quarter rally from Guilderland, holding on for a 14-12 Suburban Council win. Niskayuna had a 14-7 lead through the first three quarters. Lucas Klokiw led the Silver Warriors with three goals and two assists, Davey Carroll had three goals and an assist. Tyler Carroll had 13 saves in the win. Tommy Tysinski led the Dutchmen with three goals and an assist. Mitchell Mackissock had three goals.


Mary Kate Cestaro registered five goals and an assist in the Niskayuna girls’ lacrosse team’s 13-9 Suburban Council win over Guilderland. Ava Roemer had three goals and Ashlyn McPartlon had two. Sophia German scored three times and had two assists for Guilderland. Elizabeth Schafer had three goals and an assist. 

Abby Mesick scored five goals in Colonie’s 21-3 win over Columbia. Shannon Coyle tallied four goals and four assists with Katherine Boardman added three goals and six assists.

Shaker lost to Elizabeth Seton 12-11 in non-league action on the road in Washington, D.C. Lauren McCulloch tallied three goals and an assist for the Bison, with Lauren O’Hagan and Lindsey McCulloch each adding two goals and an assist. 


Saratoga Springs defeated Albany 7-2 in a Suburban Council boys’ tennis match-up with Ian Hill, Declan Ladd, Kevin Rosas and Toby Webber earning singles victories. Doubles partners Hutton Snyder and Sawyer Oppenneer, Schuyler Tetu and Quinn Ragan along with Zach Fuchs and Kyle Holmes were doubles winners.

Shaker swept Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 9-0 in Suburban Council action. Roshan Mehta, Markus Rankins, Sreeram Vudayagiri, Devraj Singh, Abhinav Thati and Renat Gosmanov were all singles winners for Shaker.

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