LAKE?PLACID - Playing one of the toughest stretches of its schedule, the Lake Placid softball team has met the challenge head on as it approaches the final regular season games of the season.
The Blue Bombers, a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II team, knocked off two of the better Division I teams in the league - Saranac and Peru. Combined with a win over Division II foe Northern Adirondack on May 9, the Blue Bombers are riding a three-game winning streak with three regular season games remaining.
The biggest of those victories came Monday, May 13 under the lights on the Jim Kordziel fields when Lake Placid knocked off first-place Saranac 11-10 in dramatic fashion.
Photo by Alicia Brandes
The Lake Placid softball team congratulates Hanna Potter after she belted a game-winning, two-run double to deep left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Saranac under the lights on May 13.
The Blue Bombers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete the come-from-behind win. Hanna Potter delivered the game-winning, walk-off hit when she brought in two runs with a double to deep left field.
Potter went 2-for-4 from the plate in the game.
The Blue Bombers led 2-0 after the first inning, then took an 8-4 lead with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Chiefs responded with six runs in the top of the fifth for a 10-8 advantage.
Neither team was able to muster a run from there, until the Bombers came up with three with their backs against the wall in the bottom of the seventh. Serina Hayes led off the seventh-inning rally with a single. Lizzie Bimonte followed suit with a single of her own, before Kelsey Taylor brought in Hayes with another single. Bimonte and Taylor then came in on Potter's clutch double.
Hayes recorded the victory after entering in relief of Brooke Reid in the fifth inning. Hayes went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Saranac's starting pitcher Kourtnie Campbell pitched into the fourth inning before being chased by the Blue Bombers' offense. Campbell went 3-for-3 offensively.
Lake Placid outhit Saranac 10-6.
Saranac still leads the CVAC Division I with a 12-3 record. Lake Placid is 6-5 in CVAC games and 7-5 overall.
Lake?Placid's last loss came on May 6 at the hands of Ticonderoga. Hayes blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning of that game to send it to extra innings. The Sentinels escaped with the win after a sacrifice bunt brought in the winning run in the ninth.
Lake Placid 16, No. Adirondack 4
ELLENBURG - Lake Placid relied on abundant offense and strong pitching as the Blue Bombers downed Northern Adirondack 16-4.
Serina Hayes took care of the pitching duties, going the distance and striking out 10 in the process.
The Blue Bombers racked up 15 hits on the day to go along with no errors. Payton Barney accounted for three of those hits with two singles and a triple. Taylor Maiorca homered and singled, while Liz Bimonte, Adele Jessmer and Emily Godin each singled twice.
Taylor Dunn, Jillian Scott and Amanda Campbell each had two hits for Northern Adirondack.
Lake Placid 4, Peru 3
LAKE PLACID - The Blue Bombers scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and held on defensively in the seventh to secure a 4-3 victory over Peru on Wednesday.
Serina Hayes was the pitcher of record for Lake Placid, striking out seven and walking just one batter. She helped her own cause at the plate with two singles and two RBI.
Hanna Potter went 2-for-3 with a double and sophomore Taylor Maiorca collected two singles.
Lake Placid led 2-1 after the first inning, before Peru tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth.
Peru was 6-5 in league games through May 13.