PERU - A season that had plenty of bright spots came to an end for the Saranac?Lake softball team Wednesday, as Peru claimed a 9-1 victory over the Red Storm in a Section VII, Class B semifinal on the Indians diamond.
The win was Peru's third over Saranac Lake this season, and for the second time in the last two meetings between the teams, Peru's Dani Dayton showed why she is one of the top pitchers in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.
The Indians' ace allowed just two hits in the contest, with both coming off the bat of Saranac Lake third baseman Sydney Battistoni, who finished with a single and double while knocking in the lone Red Storm run in the top of the third.
Peru, which improved to 15-2, scored four runs in the first two innings for a 4-0 lead and then put the game away with five more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Indians had 10 hits in the game and were led by Shannon Bombard and Paige Moore, who each finished with two hits.
Junior Nicole Viscardo was the starter at pitcher for the Red Storm and was relieved by Brittany Tschirhart in the sixth inning.
Dayton struck out four and walked four while going the distance to earn the win for Peru, which is ranked 19th in Class B in the state.
Peru's lone two losses this season have been against Saranac Central, and the two teams will clash again today at SUNY Plattsburgh in the Class B championship game.
Saranac Lake ended the season with a 10-7 record. Seniors playing their final game for the Red Storm were Chelsea LaFountain, Gabby Lewis and Christina Rabideau.