Last year the Hoosic Valley softball team went on a post season run that took them all the way to the state semifinals. The 2016 version of the Valley has most of the same names from last season up and down their line-up, and Friday afternoon that line-up paid a visit to Granville to take on the Golden Horde.
On this day, the Valley used a five run second, and the dominate work of Camille Coyne from the circle to post a comfortable 10-3 victory over a pesky Granville squad.
The Horde at times showed signs, and actually took a brief lead in this one. Bri Greenough led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second, and scored on a fielder’s choice giving Granville the 1-0 lead. It didn’t last long.
In the top of the second the visitors from Schaghticoke parlayed three hits, and four walks into a five spot with Coyne, Katrina Dean, and Cierra Casale all picking up RBI’s in the frame.
The 5-1 cushion was more than enough for Coyne, as the tall right-hander went to work setting down 12 of the next 13 batters she faced retiring 8 on strikes.
The Indians added three runs in the fourth, with Casale delivering the big blow in the inning, a two-run double scoring Coyne and Dean, and at frame’s end, the Valley held an 8-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth Granville showed some fight when Greenough, Gabby Hunt, and Alexis Carroll all ripped singles to start the inning, the latter two run producers, trimming the lead to 9-3 with the heart of the Horde order coming to the plate.
But the rally ended as quickly as it started with Coyne inducing a fly out, a come backer, and ending the frame with her 11th strikeout of the afternoon.
For the Indians Casale enjoyed a three hit day with four RBI’s, while Dean and Coyne combined for four hits and four runs scored in the contest. From the circle Coyne allowed four singles, no free passes and fanned 13 in picking up the “W”.
Greenough led the Granville attack with a pair of singles, and sophomore pitcher Amber Stewart fanned 8 in going the distance for the Horde.
While it’s just mid-April, a time when many teams are trying figure out what they’re all about, this Valley squad is all about quality pitching, solid defense and a line-up that can hurt you 1-9. Add to that the experience of a final four run just a year ago, and you can see why this year they can, and will enjoy another special softball spring in Schaghticoke.