My Dad likes the harness races more so than the flat track, as he prefers two laps around the track for the money he puts down. With that thought in mind our Wasaren baseball and softball teams have just cruised by the grandstand having completed their first “lap” of the league schedule. This week teams begin the second trip around the Wasaren circuit in hopes of finishing strong and potentially capturing a league crown.
Before the season started we ran a poll asking who would win the softball and baseball league titles. Hoosic Valley topped both polls in the voting, no doubt due in part to the strong following of Wasaren Sportsnet we have from the Valley. None the less, both Indians squads are positioned nicely at this point of the races, as are the Witches of Greenwich, the Hoosick Falls boys, and the Cambridge girls.
Let’s take a look at the front runners for both races.
The Greenwich Witches showed their depth of talent this week, winning their own tournament with Bailey Winch and Carson Mosher picking up mound victories, both in relief appearances. Add Lukas Whitehouse, Jon Miller, and Carson McKinley and the Witches rotation has the depth and ability to dominate opposing lineups. The Witches order led by Whitehouse, and George Ostrowski can hurt you 1-9.
The Indians of Hoosic Valley a year removed from a state baseball crown sit just behind Greenwich with a 6-1 league mark. Their staff equally as deep with multiple players earning mound victories through the first half. Joe Duncan, Kolbie Snyder, Alex Carlo, and Dan Joslin lead a very good Valley lineup.
The Panthers of Hoosick Falls at 5-2 see Wyatt Whitman, and sophomore Andrew Stevens anchor a capable Falls pitching staff. Whitman, Noah Conety, and Connor McCart led a Panther attack that put 10 runs on the board in each of their last two league outings, the latter a 10-9 victory over the Valley.
Granville at 4-3 could be ready to challenge over the season’s second half. This week in non league contests the Horde put big runs on the board scoring 12, 11, and 20 in their last three games, all Granville “W’s”. Trace Bourn, Austin Buxton, Nick Sumner, Bailey Daigle, Zac Vanderminden, and Matt Fuller all had multiple hit games this week giving the Horde quality depth throughout the order.
On the softball side of things three teams have separated themselves from the pack in Greenwich 7-0, Hoosic Valley 6-1, and Cambridge 6-1.
Greenwich’s Rachel Hall may be the most dominant two way player in the league. The left-hander dominates from the circle while swinging a powerful bat from her cleanup position in the Witches lineup. Sabrina Whitehouse, Kaylee Ciccarone, Gabby VanDeWater, and Courtney Fraher all swing dangerous sticks for the undefeated Witches.
Hoosic Valley has a dominate ace of their own in junior Camille Coyne, and a defense that makes all the plays behind her. The tall right-hander who averages double digit strikeouts is supported by a lineup featuring Katrina Dean, Cierra Casale, Colleen Bemish, and Ashley Madigan. Let’s not forget the majority of the Valley roster is back from last season and their state semifinal run.
In Cambridge Miranda Seacord and Gabby Woods give the Indians a nice one, two tandem from the circle, both doing a nice job throughout the first half. Offensively Seacord, Rhiannon Darling, Victoria Dupius, and Kayla Giglio highlight a capable Indians attack. It will be interesting to see if Cambridge can keep pace with the Witches and the Valley over the second half of the league schedule.