Eight softball players named Section VII all-stars
SARANAC LAKE — Eight softball players from the Lake Placid and Saranac Lake school districts combined were recognized for their efforts on the diamond this season after being named to their respective Section VII athletic conference’s all-star teams.
Five Blue Bombers were named to the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference all-star squad, while the Red Storm had three players recognized in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference.
Megan Quinn and Brooklyn Huffman were named Division I all-stars for Lake Placid and Kylee Meyer and Karlie Goetz were named Division II all-stars for Saranac Lake.
The Blue Bombers’ Emma Adragna, Danaya Patterson and Dariana Patterson were named honorable mentions, as well as the Red Storm’s Tailor Whitson.
The Saranac Lake trio earned the program’s first playoff win since 2019 while finishing with a bittersweet 3-9 record.
Meyer, a first baseman, played a pivotal role in the Red Storm’s lone playoff win over Saranac Central Chiefs. Meyer hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to help Saranac Lake stun the Chiefs 5-3. Meyer, a sophomore, also had a home run against Moriah in the Red Storm’s second win of the season.
Goetz, a senior, was Saranac Lake’s top pitcher. During the playoff quarterfinals, Goetz earned the win by pitching a complete game and striking out nine batters. Despite earning the loss in the semifinal round, Goetz struck out eight Plattsburgh batters.
Whitson, a senior, was the lone Red Storm player to earn an honorable mention. During a regular-season game against Moriah, Whitson had a home run and recorded four hits. In the team’s playoff win over Saranac Central, she led the team with three hits.
The five Lake Placid players, who are all seniors, helped guide the team to a record of 8-5 on the season while reaching the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Class C championship game for the first time since 2014.
Huffman led the Blue Bombers’ on the mound this season, while Quinn was the team’s first baseman.
During the playoffs, Huffman recorded two wins while striking out 11 total batters in the three games the team played. In the regular season, Huffman put together one of her best outings against Johnsburg/Minerva when she struck out 10 batters.
Quinn was dominant during the playoffs for Lake Placid. From the plate, she picked up five hits, including a walk-off single in the quarterfinal matchup against Moriah and batting four-for-four against Northern Adirondack in the semifinals.
Adragna, who played catcher for Lake Placid, caught fire during the postseason, recording back-to-back two-hit games in the quarterfinals and semifinal games. During the semifinal matchup against an undefeated Northern Adirondack team, Adragna hit a two-run home run to help the squad secure the upset victory.
Just like Adragna, Danaya Patterson hit a home run in the team’s playoff run. Patterson, who has played on the varsity team since 2019, hit a home run during the quarterfinal game against Moriah and almost before the opposing team made a great defensive play that was able to tag her out at home plate.
Her twin sister Dariana Patterson, who played shortstop for Lake Placid, was honored as well. After falling to Johnsburg/Minerva during the regular season, Dariana had one of her best games of the season a week later with three hits against the same Johnsburg/Minerva squad.