On an afternoon where Hoosic Valley had missed out on some scoring chances the Indians Ashley Madigan wasn’t going to let that happen again. Madigan delivered a clutch single in the bottom of the seventh scoring Katrina Dean with the game winner, as Hoosic Valley prevailed 4-3 over Chatham in Class B quarterfinal softball action.
The Indians broke on top early in this one, plating a pair in the first. Bridget Ryan lead off with a bunt single, stole second and scored on a Cierra Casale double. Casale came home on a Madigan ground out and the Valley held the 2-0 advantage.
Chatham threatened in the third frame when Alyssa Seranni reached on a swinging bunt and was sacrificed to second by Sam Sitzer. The next batter, lead-off hitter Bailey Cox ripped a single to center and Serrani got the green light at third, but was cut down at the plate on a nice relay throw from shortstop Casale.
In the fourth Chatham wouldn’t be denied. Janna Skype first pitch swinging, singled to center and the next batter Jenna Ripple reached on an error putting runners on second and third with no outs.
Indians pitcher Camille Coyne induced pop-ups from the next to batters and it seemed the Valley was poised to escape the inning. But Megan Gilligan ripped a two-run double to left, and Serrani plated Gilligan with a single to right, as Chatham took the 3-2 lead.
The Valley used a two-out rally in the fifth to even things. Dean singled through the shortstop hole with two away, and Chatham wanting no part of Casale issued the”unintentional” base on balls on four pitches.
Madigan was next and promptly blooped a single to left scoring Dean and knotting the contest at 3-3.
In the next frame the Valley loaded the base with no outs and seemed ready to deliver the knockout punch. Chatham pitcher Skype and her defense had other ideas getting the next batter Coyne, to bounce into a 5-2-3 double play, and retiring Ryan on a pop-up to keep the Indians off the board.
In the top of the seventh Coyne worked around a two-out single by Cox to send it to the home half of the frame where the Valley claimed the “W”.
Dean, leading off, worked the count full and when the 3-2 pitch danced out of the strike zone it was just what the doctor ordered for the Indians.
Casale followed with a single to left setting the stage for Madigan’s heroics, who wasted little time in lining a single to center, scoring Dean, who got a good read on the ball and comfortably beat the throw to the plate.
Two sectional contests this week in which the Valley has posted come-from-behind victories. A trait I’m sure they’d rather not have to show, but it’s nice to be holding aces if and when all the chips are pushed to the center of the table.