By DAVE SHEA
HEUVELTON - Heuvelton Central Softball Coach Josie Cole talked to her team at great length about the challenge of beating neighboring rival Lisbon a third time in Thursday’s Section 10 Class D semi-final game.
The 19-0 and number four state-ranked Lady Bulldogs met the challenge with the same skilled intensity they have shown all season and posted a 14-1 victory to earn the right to defend their Section 10 Class d crown with a 3-1 win over 12-4 and 15th ranked Colton-Pierrepont on Saturday at SUNY Potsdam.
C-P advanced with a 15-0 win over Hammond.
“Lisbon is a good team and they came ready to play. They hit the ball pretty well,” said Cole.
“We played very well once again.”
The Bulldogs made all the plays in the field and collected 15 hits to back a combined seven-strikeout two-hitter by Alexis Weidner and Paige McCormick.
Weidner went five innings to pick up the win and McCormick closed with two innings of scoreless relief.
Weidner also delivered a double, two singles and a sacrifice bunt in the winning offense which was headed by Alexis Sawyer’s four singles.
Hannah Thornhill lined three singles, Shelby Williams tripled and singled, Kristi Donnelly singled twice and Logan Tallman doubled.
Alysha Murray pitched a complete game for Lisbon and doubled and Nicole Neadom stroked a single.
C-P BLANKS DEVILS
SOUTH COLTON - Colton-Pierrepont advanced to its second Section 10 Class D championship game in three years with a convincing 15-0 five-inning win over Hammond Central.
The Lady Colts (13-3) took control of the game with a five-run surge in the bottom of the second inning. They added four more runs in the fourth before pushing across seven in the fifth.
Sabrina Johnson went the distance for the win, striking out seven and walking three while allowing just three hits. Mikayla Horton was saddled with the loss as C-P took advantage of 12 errors to score the majority of their runs.
Morgan Burns continued to swing a productive bat in the winning effort going 4-4 with six RBI and two runs scored. Eve Whalen had two hits and three runs scored.
Morgan Doyle (triple) and Haylee Hennessy both connected for a pair of hits and came around to score twice.
Andrea Aldous singled and scored three times. Kathryn Miller and Johnson both singled and scored solo runs. Hannah Hogle had the other run scored.
Paige Frisina struck for two of the three Hammond hits while Horton notched the other.