MONTREAL - The Adirondack Chill 18U softball team finished with a 3-4 record in the Montreal International Fastpitch Challenge the first weekend in July.
The Chill, a team that is made up of players from Saranac Lake, Bloomingdale, Lake Clear, Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, won three of its six games in pool play, before falling to third-seeded Prince Edward Island in the single-elimination round on July 7.
Adirondack opened the tournament with a 4-0 loss to that same Prince Edward Island team. Nicole Viscardo got the lone hit in the game and was the losing pitcher after striking out five and allowing just three hits.
The Adirondack Chill 19-and-under softball team poses for a picture during the Montreal International Fastpitch Challenge that took place July 4-7 in Montreal. Back row, from left: coach David Balestrini, Dani Balestrini, Jordy McDougall, coach Brian Brandes, Nicole Viscardo, Sydney Battistoni and coach Brian Battistoni. Middle row: Sam Sanford, Gabby Lewis, Haley Brandes, Megan Moody, Melissa Moody and Serina Hayes. Front row: coach Greg Hayes, “Chilly” and Whitney Battistoni.
(Photo — Alicia Brandes)
The Chill came back to win their second game with a 4-3 victory over Laval Extreme from Quebec. Viscardo again had the hot bat and went 3-for-3 at the plate. Jordy McDougall, Serina Hayes and Megan Moody each had one hit in the game. Hayes was the winning pitcher, striking out four and surrendering five hits.
On Friday morning, the Chill gave the eventual tournament champion Quebec Rebelles a scare taking an early 3-1 lead before the Rebelles rebounded to win 9-3. Dani Balestrini went 3-for-4 to lead the offense. Hayes had two hits and Moody and Gabby Lewis added one hit each. McDougall took the loss after striking out two and giving up six hits before being relieved.
Adirondack once again followed a loss with a win by defeating the Newfoundland/Labrador Selects 9-3. A seven-run second inning blew open the game for the Chill. Viscardo's bat remained hot as she had three hits. Hayes collected a single and double, while Balestrini had two singles. Moody and Sydney Battistoni had the other hits. Hayes struck out four and allowed four hits to record her second win of the tournament.
The Mississauga Hurricanes from Ontario handed the Chill their third loss with a 6-3 win. Hayes, Balestrini and Battistoni led the Chill offense with two hits apiece. Balestrini had a triple. Moody, Sam Sanford, Lewis and Haley Brandes added one hit each, while Viscardo took the pitching loss.
In the final seeding game, the Chill jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to an 11-5 victory over the Nova Scotia Selects. Balestrini and Battistoni had three hits apiece. Hayes, McDougall and Sanford added two hits and Viscardo, Moody and Lewis each had one. Hayes once again got the win, striking out five and allowing just four hits. Sanford picked up the save in relief.
Seeded sixth entering the single-elimination phase of the tournament on July 7, the Chill once again drew the Prince Edward Island Bandits, the No. 3 seed. The Bandits' pitching again overpowered the Chill, resulting in an 8-0 win. McDougall and Lewis had the only hits for the Chill. Hayes took her first loss of the tournament after striking out one and giving up four hits before being relieved.
Members of the team include Dani Balestrini, Jordy McDougall, Nicole Viscardo, Serina Hayes, Sydney Battistoni, Megan Moody, Sam Sanford, Gabby Lewis, Haley Brandes and Melissa Moody.