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Johnstown vs. Queensbury: Big innings lift Lady Spartans

Johnstown vs. Queensbury: Big innings lift Lady Spartans

Johnstown softball coach Ron Savoie knew Queensbury would get its share of hits during Wednesday’s F
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Johnstown softball coach Ron Savoie knew Queensbury would get its share of hits during Wednesday’s Foothills Council game.

What he didn’t anticipate was the Lady Spartans jamming 13 of their 17 hits into the second and third innings, two at-bats that powered Queensbury to a 10-3 win.

“We went up Friday and watched them play [in a 6-4 loss to Hudson Falls], and knew that they were going to hit the ball. We had a scoring report,” said Savoie, whose team fell to 3-2 in the league after opening with three wins.

The Lady Spartans batted around in both the second and third innings, getting all of their runs in those two innings.

“We had been hitting, but we hadn’t been hitting into the holes. Today, we hit really well,” said first-year Queensbury head coach Jennifer Pike.

Right fielder Sarah Miele, batting ninth in the lineup, belted a three-run home run in Queensbury’s six-run second inning that also featured triples by Catherine Hand and Brooke Meader.

Queensbury strung together six straight singles in its four-run third inning to secure its first league win.

“We just went through the whole thing that hitting is contagious,” said Pike, whose 1-3 team had played well in losses to perennial league powers South Glens Falls and Hudson Falls, and had also knocked off Colonie in a non-league game.

“We had a tough part of the schedule early,” Pike said. “Today, our offense was great, our defense was great.”

While Pike was smiling because her hitters finally had some luck, Savoie was lamenting a few chances the Lady Bills missed.

“We hit the ball, but everything we hit that was solid was at them or it didn’t fall,” he said. “We just haven’t been able to get those timely hits.”

Johnstown was coming off a 5-2 loss to South Glens Falls, but Savoie didn’t feel that result had any bearing on Wednesday’s game.

“They’re high school girls. You try to keep them from looking ahead or looking back,” he said. “We just didn’t play to our capabilities the first three innings. We were flat.

“You have to bring it every day, every inning. We didn’t have that little extra punch that we were hoping for.”

Johnstown pitcher Alyssa LaLonde left some pitches up, most of which Queensbury hit hard.

“We don’t want to make excuses, but her knee was bothering her,” Savoie said. “She’s a competitor. She wanted to win really bad. She settled down after the first couple, three innings.”

Johnstown got a run back after Queensbury’s six-run second when first baseman Ellen Praught singled in catcher Brynn Hlozansky. Shortstop Lindsay Achzet singled home left fielder Morgan Colasanti in the Johnstown third.

Hlozansky’s triple in the sixth scored Achzet, but Queensbury pitcher Rachel Molloy got two consecutive strikeouts and a popup to end the inning, then retired the side in order in the seventh.

“The credit was that they played hard the rest of the way,” Savoie said of his team’s effort after falling behind. “They didn’t just go out there and go out 1-2-3, and go, ‘Woe is us.’ We got baserunners on

almost every inning. I told them I was proud that they didn’t give up.”

Every Queensbury batter had a hit, with Molloy, Hand and Meader all getting three. Hand also drove in three runs.

Achzet and Hlozansky both had two hits for Johnstown, which plays at Gloversville on Friday.

Queensbury 064 000 0 — 10 17 0

Johnstown 011 001 0 —  3  7  2

Molloy and Meader; LaLonde and Hloz­ansky.

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