SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Adirondack Chill 16-and-under softball team traveled to Saratoga Springs last weekend for the 16-team Thunder Invitational. The Chill won three of five games for a fifth-place finish.
The Chill opened with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Lady Bombers '96. Olivia Jaques got the pitching win after allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Nicole Viscardo picked up the save after pitching the seventh inning.
The Chill took advantage of two walks and an error to load the bases in the first inning before Serina Hayes cleared them with a triple. Hayes then scored on a sacrifice by Haley Brandes.
Photo by Alicia Brandes
Adirondack Chill catcher Jen McGuoirk brings down a high throw in time to tag out a Potsdam baserunner at the plate Thursday, July 19 in Lake Placid. The Chill used the game as a tune-up for the Thunder Invitational over the weekend. Adirondack won the game 5-4, then took fifth in the tournament.
Jordy McDougall had the only other Chill hit in the game.
Adirondack started slow in its second game against the Miss Shen Slammers and had to settle for an 8-4 defeat. The Slammers raced out to a 7-0 lead and held off the Chill to secure the win.
Emma Gray took the loss, giving up five runs on four hits while walking three over two innings of work.
McDougall and Hayes had the hot bats again. McDougall went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Hayes was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Viscardo also had two hits in the game, while Sydney Battistoni had a strong game defensively.
In the final seeding game of the day, the Chill broke open a 2-2 game with two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to defeat the Colonie Crush 7-2. McDougall picked up the win in relief of Viscardo. McDougall gave up one run on four hits and struck out two and walked two.
Battistoni and Brittany Woodruff each went 2-for-3 at bat, while Hayes went 1-for-2 with two sacrifices and had four RBIs. McDougall, Viscardo, Gray and Jen McGuoirk added one hit apiece.
After all the tiebreakers had been determined, the Chill ended up as the seventh seed heading into single elimination play Sunday. Facing the 10th-seeded Hoosic Valley Indians, Jaques again had a strong outing, allowing just two runs on six hits while walking four and striking out two in a 3-2 Chill victory.
Battistoni and McDougall had 2 hits apiece and Viscardo had the only other hit for the Chill.
Next up was the undefeated Lansingburgh Royals who were seeded No. 2 and ousted Adirondack with a 6-2 victory.
Viscardo took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk against a strong hitting Royals team. Hayes led the Chill offensively and defensively, going 3-for-4 at bat and pulling off two unassisted double plays.
Viscardo also had two hits in the game while McDougall, Carissa Kennedy, McGuoirk and Woodruff added one hit apiece.
The Chill are scheduled to play the Northern Devils 18U team Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Jim Kordziel Athletic Fields in Lake Placid before traveling to Clifton Park on Friday to compete in the Miss Shen Invitational.