LP boys, girls claim diamond wins
The Lake Placid baseball and softball teams started their seasons with victories on the road Monday.
Despite picking up just two hits, the Blue Bombers boys came through with a 4-3 win over Northern Adirondack in a matchup that saw Lake Placid rally with two runs in the top of the seventh and then hold off a Bobcats’ threat in the bottom of the inning.
In a game where pitchers on both teams combined to fan 30 batters, Foster Wood belted the big hit for the winners with a two-run single in the top of the seventh. Trailing 4-3, NAC got a runner to second base in its final at bat but he was left stranded.
Lake Placid utilized three pitchers who combined for 14 strikeouts. Matt Brandes started the game, Pj Colby entered the contest in the third inning and Schyler Jordon finished the job, throwing the final two innings to earn the win.
Cody Lambert was the Bobcats starting pitcher and worked until the fifth inning. He also led NAC’s six-hit effort with three hits, including a double.
The Blue Bombers are next slated to play at home Thursday against Moriah starting at 4:30 p.m.
Lake Placid 17, Moriah 12
The Lake Placid softball team rode a 17-hit attack and error-free defense to a 17-12 victory over Moriah on Monday in Port Henry.
Chelsea Moore paced the Blue Bombers offense with four hits, Dariana Patterson followed with three hits and Danaya Patterson and Grace Crawford added two apiece in the win.
Crawford also took over in the pitcher’s circle in the fifth inning and came through with the win.
The Vikings grabbed a 6-0 lead two innings into the game, but Lake Placid rallied with a seven-run top of the third and led the rest of the way.
The Blue Bombers are scheduled to play their home-opener today against Ticonderoga at the Lake Placid Show Grounds starting at 4:30 p.m.
Northern Adirondack 15,
Saranac Lake 0
The Saranac Lake softball team was blanked 15-0 on the road Monday at Northern Adirondack.
The Red Storm was able to muster just one hit, which came off the bat of Tailor Whitson.
Anika Knight and Emily Vanvalkenburg paced the Bobcats’ offense with three hits each.
Saranac Lake’s girls are back in action today, hosting AuSable Valley at Rotary Field starting at 4:30 p.m.
Saranac Central 5, Saranac Lake 1
Saranac Lake’s golf team dropped its first match of the season, falling 5-1 to Saranac Central on Monday at the Barracks Golf Club in Plattsburgh.
Nik Hamel led the Chiefs to victory, firing a medalist round 39 playing in the first position.
Evan Hochwald earned the Red Storm’s lone point, edging Saranac’s Keegan Brown 48-50 competing in the third spot.
Saranac Lake will play its first home match today, hosting rival Lake Placid at the Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook starting at 3:30 p.m.
Salmon River 18, Saranac Lake 5
The combined Saranac Lake-Lake Placid girls lacrosse team dropped an 18-5 decision Monday against a skilled Salmon River squad.
Olivia Ferebee paced Saranac Lake with three goals, and Rylee Preston and Sydney Dann added a goal each in the setback. First year goaltender Emma Wood recorded 12 saves in the loss.
The Shamrocks led 11-3 at halftime.
“Salmon River is a talented team. They can catch every ball thrown to them and they are competitive,” Saranac Lake coach Jeff Denkenberger said. “We don’t have a lot of depth, we have first-year players on the field the whole game, but I love that this team never gives up. We’ve had some lopsided scores, but these girls have heart, they have the willingness to keep going, they never get flustered and they have fun.”
The combined team, which dropped to 0-3, will have a busy run with three games in four days starting with a road matchup Thursday at Potsdam. The team will then play twice over the weekend on its home field at the North Elba Athletic Fields in Lake Placid, hosting Massena on Saturday and Plattsburgh Sunday. Both contests are slated to start at 11 a.m.