SARANAC LAKE - After knocking off the only undefeated team in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference on Thursday, Saranac Lake softball coach Diana Schwartz said she was ready and excited to take on the squad with the league's next best record on Friday.
But a day after Saranac Lake plated five runs in the first inning while handing Saranac Central its first loss of the season, the Red Storm players didn't appear to have the same jump against Peru.
This time, Peru was the team that got off to a fast start, scoring eight times in the first two innings in a 12-3 victory over Saranac Lake. The setback marked the end of a long week for the Red Storm, who went 2-2 in four division games played over a five-day stretch.
Saranac Lake’s Megan Moody connects on a single in the bottom of the sixth inning during Friday’s home game against Peru.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
"I was certainly pumped for this game," Schwartz said after the loss. "We just beat Saranac and we had an opportunity to keep it going against the second-place team. Our kids were flat.
"It's been a tough week and they may have been tired after playing four games in five days, or they may have been a little deflated the day after a big emotional win," Schwartz continued. "I do know that we were playing a really good team. They beat us 10-2 last time. I think we had our bats going a little more in this game."
Peru's offense produced right from the start, as the Indians sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and got four runs on six singles off of Saranac Lake starting pitcher Brittany Tschirhart. In the second inning, Peru took advantage of three Red Storm errors, a wild pitch and two hits, including a double by Sam Fletcher to score four more runs for an 8-0 advantage.
The Indians then put the game out of reach with two more runs in the top of the fourth and sixth innings to lead 12-0. Saranac Lake averted the shutout by scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth.
"We came out and hit the ball really well, and we were really aggressive running the bases," said Peru head coach Jason Brown. "We knew Saranac Lake would be up after beating Saranac, and we wanted to get on them early and never let up. We played well today."
Tschirhart pitched the first three frames for Saranac Lake and was replaced by Nicole Viscardo, who struck out four in four innings of work. Dani Dayton, who Schwartz described as the best pitcher in the CVAC, went the distance and struck out three batters while earning the win for Peru, which improved to 9-2 in the CVAC with the victory.
Each team finished with 10 hits. Sydney Battistoni and Chelsea LaFountain led the Red Storm offense, both going 2-for-4 with a double each. Battistoni also had two RBI.
Fletcher went 2-for-4 at the plate. Also for the Indians, Taylor Rock and Shannon Bombard had two singles apiece in three at-bats and Brianna Padron went 2-for-4.
Saranac Lake fell to 7-5 with the loss.
Saranac Lake's players were playing a fundraiser game Friday to fight cancer and wore pink jerseys and socks.
The Red Storm will next host Plattsburgh on Tuesday in another key division matchup starting at 4:30 p.m. Peru's next game will be at Northern Adirondack on Monday.
Peru 12, Saranac Lake 3
Dayton and Martineau. Tschirhart, Viscardo (4) Rabideau and McGuoirk. WP - Dayton. LP - Tschirhart. 2B - Fletcher (P), Battistoni (SL), LaFountain (SL).