AMSTERDAM — Shelby LaMont had a three-run house run within the third inning to assist fifth-seeded Amsterdam to a 4-2 victory over ninth-seeded Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in a Section II Class A semifinal contest Thursday at Shuttleworth Park.

“This is a great win for our program,” Amsterdam coach Brenden Cetnar mentioned. “This is a good group of women they usually’ve actually labored onerous to get to this level. It’s nice that they’ve an opportunity to play in a championship game collectively.

The Lady Rams final reached a sectional ultimate in 1982, shedding to Niskayuna. Amsterdam has by no means gained a sectional crown in softball, however this could possibly be the 12 months that the drought ends.

With house video games on this 12 months’s sectional event happening on the greater seeds, the Lady Rams obtained an sudden house game when Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (7-8 total) knocked off top-seeded Averill Park, 8-2, within the quarterfinals Wednesday.

“We took advantage of what was given to us,” Cetnar mentioned. “We got to play a semifinal game on our home field and not have to take a bus ride. It was nice to have a home game.”

Amsterdam additionally had a day of relaxation between its quarterfinal win over Mohonasen on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s semifinal contest.

“Burnt Hills was playing for the second day in a row and that’s alway tough to do,” Cetnar mentioned.

Natalie Flint had a double for the Lady Rams, whereas Gaby Maroto and Rosie Sculco every had singles. Nani Cintron added an RBI sacrifice fly for Amsterdam.

Szczepanik earned the win within the circle for the Lady Rams, hanging out 9 and permitting 9 hits over seven innings.

Lily Haluska had a house run, double and scored two runs for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, whereas Reeghan Neary had a double and two singles. Kaitlyn Ramos had a double for the Spartans, and Carlianna Ewing, Jessica De La Fleur and Ella Katz all had singles.

Amsterdam (12-4 total) advances to face top-seeded South Glens Falls (15-0 total) in Saturday’s Class A championship game at Moreau State Park at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs posted 7-2 victory over third-seeded Queensbury of their semifinal contest Thursday. Amsterdam misplaced its regular-season assembly at South Glens Falls, 6-0, on June 4.

“This is a great group of eight seniors,” Cetnar mentioned. “Win or lose Saturday’s game will be our last together and I’m going to miss them.”

Amsterdam 4, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 2

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 001 001 0 — 2 9 1

Amsterdam 003 100 x — 4 4 2

WP – Szczepanik; LP – Benamati.


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