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The Times
  • SCHOLASTIC SOFTBALL: Dramatic win gives Mounties league title

  • MAY 6 SCHOLASTIC SOFTBALL



    A perfect start for West Canada Valley faded into a perfect ending for the Little Falls Mounties who won the Center State Conference’s Division II championship with a 3-2 walk-off win at Veterans Memorial Park Monday.

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  • LITTLE FALLS 3, WEST CANADA VALLEY 2
    A perfect start for West Canada Valley faded into a perfect ending for the Little Falls Mounties who won the Center State Conference’s Division II championship with a 3-2 walk-off win at Veterans Memorial Park Monday.
    West Canada Valley’s Shania McEvoy struck out seven of the first nine Little Falls batters and retired 17 in a row to start the game. A pop fly hit by Hannah Rasch dropped just outside the circle for a hit and gave Little Falls its first base-runner with two outs in the sixth inning.
    “We just didn’t get the bat on the ball for a few innings,” Little Falls coach Cristi Paragi said. “We needed to make contact. When we put the ball in play good things happen.”
    An error and an infield hit by Katelyn Duesler filled the bases with Mounties with two outs. Gen Schoff then hit a sinking line drive that fell in front of diving center fielder Kalli Warmingham for a game-tying two-run single.
    The Indians had scored twice in the top of the fifth inning but Little Falls pitcher Amy Hart retired their final eight batters. Following a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, Little Falls won the game in the bottom of the inning. Hart was hit by a pitch on the bounce with one out and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. McEvoy notched the last of her eight strikeouts for the second out before Lauren Bennett doubled to drive home the winning run.
    The win gives Little Falls its third league title in five years. Reigning Division II champion Herkimer had beaten Frankfort-Schuyler 16-3 earlier in the day and needed a West Canada Valley victory to tie Little Falls. The Mounties won back-to-back Division I titles in 2009 and 2010.
    West Canada Valley had broken a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. An error and two bunts loaded the bases for Kalli Warmingham whose blooper dropped in for a hit in left-center and sent Hayley Yager home. Carissa Tasovac followed with a sacrifice fly and the Indians held a 2-0 lead.
    Warmingham had two of West Canada Valley’s four hits; Shania and Sydney McEvoy had the others.
    Hart struck out five batters for the Mounties (10-1, 9-1 CSC-II) who have won seven games in a row and have allowed 20 runs in 11 games overall. The win streak includes a 12-0 shutout of the Indians in Newport April 24; West Canada Valley had not been beaten since that game.
    LITTLE FALLS MOUNTIES 3, WEST CANADA VALLEY INDIANS 2
    West Canada Valley    000 020 0 — 2  4  1
    Little Falls    000 002 1 — 3  4  1
    Shania McEvoy and Carissa Tasovac. Amy Hart and Katelyn Duesler. W — Hart. L — Sh.McEvoy. 2B — Little Falls, Lauren Bennett. Records — West Canada Valley 8-5, 6-4 CSC-II; Little Falls 10-1, 9-1 CSC-II.
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