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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Can Burnt Hills and Saratoga Springs play softball more often?

Saratoga Springs' Sydney Vishneowski
Sometimes evenly matched teams bring out the best in each other. That may be the case for Saratoga Springs and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake  after the Suburban Council rivals played two of the most exciting softball games in Section II this season.
Both games went extra innings, both games featured clutch hitting from and — in each case — the home team rallied from one run down in the final inning to win the game.
Here's the full story from the first game, a 3-2 Blue Streaks win that went eight innings.
Kristi Burgess had the winning hit in that one. Here's the box score from that contest:

BH-BL   000 010 01  —  2-10-1
Saratoga 010 000 02  —  3-6-2
Erica Varsames (W) and Sara Willner-Giwerc; Ashley Agan (L) and Meg Heck.
2B: Bailey Motala (SS), Megan Cullen (BH), Kristen Parker (BH).
Records: BH-BL 1-1, 1-1; Saratoga Springs 1-2, 1-3.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 3B Courtney Haff (left)
The second game between the teams featured a similar narrative, but with the result switched. This time Saratoga Springs tied the game late, then took the lead on Madison Livingston's RBI-hit in the top of the 10th. However, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake rallied to tie before Courtney Haff delivered a walk-off hit for a 5-4 victory.

Here's the box score from the second game:

Saratoga 000 020 1 001 — 4 8 1
BH - BL 201 000 0 002 — 5 9 2
Kristi Burgess (L) and Sara Willner-Giwerc; Emily Rutkey, Ashley Agan (W-6) and Meg Heck.

Because Saratoga Springs is Class AA and BH-BL is Class A, the teams can't meet in sectionals, but if they did, past results suggest it would be to to see.


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