Wasaren League Softball All-Stars 2023 

MVP:       Moira Collins, P, Sr, Tamarac

Section 2 All-Stars

  1. Riley Caiazza, Sr, 2B, Hoosic Valley
  2. Reese Autiello, Sr, 2B, Greenwich
  3. Reegan Mullen, Sr, P, Greenwich      

First Team

PMoira CollinsSrTamarac
2BReese AutielloSrGreenwich
PReegan MullenSrGreenwich
2BRiley CaiazzaSrHoosic Valley
P/SSLainey BochetteFrHoosic Valley
1BLila ChristensenJrMechanicville
SSAllie KenyonSrMechanicville
PKennedy BoisvertFrHoosick Falls
P/SSEden ReschSoStillwater
CMakenna Ashe8Tamarac
SSMihayl BlakeSoTamarac

Second Team

CElla WaldronFrHoosic Valley
CF/P/CMargarette HowlandJrEmma Willard
3BJenna TesorieroJrMechanicville
CBrianna BlakeJrMechanicville
PLauren ArchambeaultSrCambridge
CIzabella StefanovichFrHoosick Falls
RFSofia PerniciaroSoStillwater
3B/PToni Delorenzo8Tamarac
3BMorgan RandallSrGreenwich 
P/1BSophia BoiceJrGreenwich 

Honorable Mention

Berlin Lily GardellSoC
CambridgeEmily DeSouzaFrC
GreenwichKiley AllenJrC
Hoosic ValleyOlivia CappellanoJrP/INF
Hoosick FallsZoe JamesFrSS
MechanicvilleOlivia HoranSrOF
Spa CatholicRyann MacDonaldJrC
StillwaterAva RussellJrP/SS
TamaracAddy FerrisFrOF
Emma WillardSam McEnteeJrP

Chatham Tops Greenwich and Hoosick Falls in Sectional Finals

Chatham 6   Greenwich 1

WP:  Emily Mesick 7 IP 5 Hits 1 Run 1 BB 7 K’s                    LP:  Reegan Mullen 6 IP 6 Runs 7 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Chatham – Olive Mountain 1B, 2B, 2 RBI’s       Emily Sherriff RBI single        Emily Mesick RBI single       Joran Radley RBI single                      Witches – Brooke Kuzmich RBI single

Take Away:  Mesick held Greenwich to five singles and retired the final eight batters in order leading Chatham past Greenwich in the Class C championship.  Chatham led 2-1 entering the fifth inning and plated four in the bottom of the frame to take control.  Greenwich finishes an excellent season at 16-4 including a Wasaren title.  


Chatham 10   Hoosick Falls 1

WP:  Tyler Kneller  7IP 1 Hit 1 Run 12 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Chatham – Tate Van Alstyne 2B, HR, 3 RBI’s        Matt Thornsen 3B, RBI

Take Away:  Chatham jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of play and behind a dominate performance by Kneller, earned the Class CC championship at Joe Bruno Stadium on Thursday night.  Hoosick Falls finishes a fine spring season at 14-9 with a sectional final appearance.  

Softball Sectional: Greenwich Moves to Class C Final, Mechanicville and Tamarac Fall

Greenwich 14   Stillwater 3

WP:  Reegan Mullen 7 IP  5 Hits 3 Runs 8 K’s       LP:  Eden Resch 6 IP 15 Hits 14 Runs 3 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Witches – Norah Niesz 2 1B’s, 2B, 5 RBI’s        Reegan Mullen 1B, HR, RBI        Kiley Allen 1B, 2B, 3B       Morgan Randall 1B, 2B                  Warriors – Charisma Salecker 1B, 2 RBI’s 

Take Away:  Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the fourth Greenwich responded with four runs in each of the next three frames to take control and posted the Class C semifinal win over the Warriors.  #3 Greenwich will face top-seeded Chatham in the title game on Thursday at 5 at Moreau Rec.  


Glens Falls 16   Tamarac 4

WP:  Gianna Endieveri 7 IP  4 Hits 4 Runs 1 BB 3 K’s        LP:  Moira Collins

Hitting Stars:  GF – Jaelyn Graham 2 HR’s, 5 RBI’s        Izzy Johnson 1B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI’s         

Take Away:  Trailing 2-1, Glens Falls scored 10 times in the fifth frame and went on to post the Class B semifinal win over Tamarac.  The victory sends Glens Falls to the title game on Thursday where they’ll face #1 Ichabod Crane at Luther Forest Field in a 5 P.M. start.   


Ichabod Crane 10   Mechanicville 2  

Baseball Sectionals: Panthers Advance to the Class CC Finals, Raiders, Saints Fall

Hoosick Falls 11   Granville 5

WP:  Ben Smith                     LP:  Cody Nelson

Hitting Stars:  Panthers – Jake Sparks Solo HR        Andrew Sparks 2 3 B’s, 3 RBI’s           Carson Glover 2 1B’s, 2B, 3 RBI’s      Golden Horde – Alex Torres 2-run 1B        Cody Nelson 1B, RBI        Don Woodell 1B, RBI

Take Away:  Hoosick Falls led 5-0 entering the third, where Granville scored four times, but the Horde would get no closer as Jake Sparks, who came on in relief of Ben Smith, weathered the storm in the third frame and shut down Granville the rest of the way.  With the win #6 Hoosick Falls (14-8), advances to the Class CC title game on Thursday at 7 P.M. at Joe Bruno Stadium where the Panthers will face top-seeded Chatham.


Ichabod Crane 11   Mechanicville 7   

Duanesburg 4   Spa Catholic 1          

Baseball Sectional Results: Falls, Raiders, Saints Post “W’s”

Hoosick Falls 9   Canajoharie 0

WP:  Jake Sparks 5 IP 0 Hits 0 Runs 9 K’s   

Hitting Stars:  Panthers – AJ Brown 3 1B’s         Luke Nicholas 2 IB’s, 2 RBI’s          Ryan Sparks 1B, RBI        Andrew Sparks 1B, RBI

Take Away:  Jake Sparks tosses the five-inning no-hitter and the Falls end things early with a five-run fifth inning, notching the Class CC quarterfinal win over Canjo.  Next up is a meeting with #2 Granville at Veterans Memorial Field in Saratoga on Monday at 4:30.


Mechanicville 10   Ravena 3

WP:  Colin Richardson 7 IP 6 Hits 3 Runs 1 BB 3 K’s          LP:  Lagan Krause 3.1 IP 1 Hit 4 Runs 4 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Red Raiders – Will Coreno 2-4, 2 2B’s, 4 RBI’s       Chris Couser 1-3, 2B, RBI       Cruz Goverski 1-3, 2 RBI’s        Mark Pingelski 1-3, 3B               Ravena – A. Lochner 2-3, 2B, RBI

Take Away:  Mechanicville trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth where the Raiders plated three, and took control with a four-spot in the next frame, on their way to the Class B quarterfinal victory.  The Raiders will face Ichabod Crane on Monday in the semi’s at Shuttlesworth Park at 7 P.M.


Saratoga Catholic 8   Waterford 1

WP:  Pierce Byrne 5 IP 1 Run 0 BB 8 K’s                         LP:  Jack Gilbert

Hitting Stars:  Saints – Kameron Cox 3-3, 2 IB’s, 2B        Aidan Crowther 2-3, 3 RBI’s      Carson Mosher 2-4        Ronan Rowe 2-4

Take Away:  The Saints jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings and posted the Class C quarterfinal win behind the strong pitching of Byrne, and Rowe and Ryan Gillis in relief.  Spa Catholic advances to play Duanesburg on Monday at Gloversville Husky Field at 7 P.M.


Granville 5   Greenwich 3

WP:  Caleb Nelson 6 IP 2 Hits 8 K’s  

Hitting Stars:  Golden Horde – Caleb Nelson 2-4        Cody Nelson 2 RBI’s     Alex Torres 2B         Witches – Eli Strasswimmer 2 RBI’s

Take Away:  Greenwich plated four in the first and rode that advantage to the narrow victory over Greenwich in Class CC quarterfinal action.  


Chatham 11   Stillwater 2

Ichabod Crane 7 Tamarac 0

Softball Sectionals: Raiders, Bengals, Warriors, Witches Advance

Tamarac 25   Coxsackie Athens 14

WP:  Toni Delorenzo 1 IP, 1 Hit 3 Runs 1 BB 1 K         Moira Collins 6 IP 10 Hits 11 Runs 6K’s                          LP:  Leigha Wiley

Hitting Stars:  Bengals – Moira Collins 3 1B’s, Grand Slam, 6 RBI’s        Natalya Horton 4-5, 2 RBI’s     Alex Castiglione 2-4, HR, 3 RBI’s           Riverhawks – Riley Sitcer 4-5  

Take Away:  The Bengal lineup produced 22 hits and a pair of eight-run innings in posting the slugfest “W” over Coxsackie-Athens in Class B second round action.  Collins, Horton, Castiglione, Addison Ferris, Bella Delorenzo, Toni DeLorenzo and Erin Lee all enjoyed multiple-hit afternoons for #2 Tamarac who advances to the semifinal round where they’ll face #3 Glens Falls on Tuesday in Malta. 


Berne-Knox 7   Hoosic Valley 6

Hitting Stars:  BK – Natalie Elble 2 Hits            Valley – Riley Caiazza 2 1B’s, 2B

Take Away:  Berne-Knox scored five runs in the seventh frame to earn the come-from-behind win over Hoosic Valley in a Class C quarterfinal.  


Stillwater 3   Whitehall 1

WP:  Eden Resch 7 IP 1 Hit 1 Run 0 ER 2 BB’s 5 K’s                    LP:  Maddie Gould 7 IP 5 Hits 3 Runs 3 ER 1 BB 17 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Warriors – Lily Russell 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI’s           Ava Russell 1-3, RBI     

Take Away:  Trailing 1-0 entering the fifth, Stillwater gained the lead with a three-run rally and held off the #2 Railroaders in Class C quarterfinal action.  Resch limited Whitehall to a lone single in the win as the #7 seeded Warriors advance to the semifinal round.     


Mechanicville 7   Schuylerville 4      No other info at this time 

Greenwich 9   Warrensburg 2            No other info at this time

Chatham 3   Hoosick Falls 2              No other info at this time 


Sectional Softball Roundup: Wasaren Teams go 5-0 in Opening Round

Greenwich 11   Mayfield 0

WP:  Reegan Mullen 7 IP 2 Hits 0 Runs 9 K’s                                      LP:  Kaylee Klymkow 6 IP 14 Hits 11 Runs 1 K

Hitting Stars:  Witches – Reegan Mullen 1B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI’s        Jocelyn Spiezio 1B, 2B, RBI         Kiera Kirk 2 1B’s, RBI        Maddie Curley 3B, 2 RBI’s

Take Away:  The defending state champions handle their business behind a strong outing from Mullen who throws the two-hitter, fan’s nine and goes deep at the plate.  Every player in the Greenwich lineup hit safely with four players enjoying multiple hit afternoons.  With the win the third seeded Witches advance to face #6 Warrensburg who defeated Duanesburg 7-0 in round one. 


Hoosic Valley 10   Lake George 4

WP:  Olivia Cappellano 5.1 IP 7 Hits 4 Runs 2 ER 3 BB’s             LP:  M. Barber 2 IP 3 Hits 5 Runs 5 ER 7 BB’s 2 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Valley:  Lainey Bochette 2-4, 2B         E. Waldron 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI’s         Izzy Finkle 1-4, 2 RBI’s        Warriors – A. Olden 2-4, 3B, RBI

Take Away:  Hoosic Valley ran out to an 8-1 lead after three and cruised to the upset victory over Lake George in round one of the Class C Section II tournament.  The Valley parlayed 13 walks and six hits into 10 runs and the twelfth seeded Indians move to round two where they’ll take on Bewrne-Knox who shutout out Voorheesville 9-0 in round one. 


Stillwater 3   Galway 2       

WP:  Eden Resch 7 IP 6 Hits 2 Runs 1 ER 8 K’s                                 

Hitting Stars:  Warriors – Eden Resch 1-2, 3B, RBI

Take Away:  Stillwater managed just one hit in the game, a triple by Resch, but slip past Galway in the Class C opening round.  Next up for the # 7 Warriors is # 2 Whitehall, 6-0 winners over Granville in round one.  


Hoosick Falls 6   Maple Hill 3        No other info at this time.


Mechanicville 6   Schalmont 3        No other info at this time.

A Sports Mom Remembered

It’s been said in the sports world that a Mom is unquestionably their sons and daughters biggest fan.  Fiercely loyal to their children, whether they’re a star player or one that sees limited playing time.  Starting in Little League and for some on into college, Moms show out in full support, sport after sport, year after year.

I was fortunate to have a Mom like that.

She learned about sports that I played, and learned well.  She could keep a baseball book better than most.  Tough, but fair as she was in life, everybody had to earn hits, for if she thought the play should have been made an error went in the book and the batting average dipped.  Her book showed pitch count, where base hits landed and backward K’s signifying a strikeout looking.

In basketball seasons she didn’t keep stats, just a sharp eye on the action.  She grew to understood the game well.  Man vs. zone, what a box out meant, and why rebounding and taking care of the ball, while not as flashy as scoring, more times that not proved the difference between a win and a loss.  At night’s end she might share who shot it too much and who needed to shoot more.  Most times she was on the money.

In terms of officials, where people can get a little crazy, to Mom they were just part of the game, although I’m sure she thought I got fouled every time I drove to the basket.  I do remember after a high school baseball game in my junior year Mom having a conversation with the home plate umpire.

We had won the game 3-0 and I had thrown that day.  We’re picking up the equipment in the dugout and I see her getting her point across to the official behind the backstop. When I got home and asked her about it, Mom, who sat in the bleachers right behind home plate, said she told him his strike zone was too tight and that there were corners on that plate.  This coming after a win.  You’ve gotta love that.

I think of how much grass stain and dirt was washed out of baseball pants and how many socks washed and folded in basketball seasons.  I remember one night forgetting the uniform socks we wore for basketball at the Valley.  Played that night in Cambridge in just my white socks to which a friend of the family kidded Mom saying must be she hadn’t done the laundry.  She assured him she had and that the socks were on my bedroom chair.  She was right, because they always were.

Finally, if I had a string of good games and everyone was patting me on the back, she had the ability to keep me grounded never wanting me to think I was all that.  More importantly, when I struggled during a season, her undying support was at it’s strongest.

On this Mother’s Day I hope everyone takes the time to celebrate with their Moms, or to remember the woman that in the game of life, was far and away our biggest fan.

Saturday’s Baseball, Softball Results: Lambert Win’s 600th

Greenwich 6   Broadalbin 4

WP:  Calvin Curtis 4.1 IP 2 Hits 3 Runs 2 ER 4 K’s              Joey Skiff 1.2 IP 1 Hit 0 Runs 2 K’s  Save                         LP:  T.J. Platt

Hitting Stars:  Witches – Eli Strasswimmer 1B, 3B, 3 RBI’s       Jack Fortier 3 1B’s        Aidan Waite 2B, RBI        Broadalbin – Garrett Jackowski HR       Colin Cotter HR, 2 RBI’s   

Take Away:  The Witches never trailed in posting the tight nonleague “W” over Broadalbin. 


Spa Catholic 9   Corinth 2

WP:  Aiden Crowther 6 IP 3 Hits 1 Run 4 K’s                         LP:  Kaiden Wright 

Hitting Stars:  Saints – Pierce Byrne 3-4, 2 RBI’s        Tomahawks – Kaiden Wright 2B        Eddie McQuire 3B

Take Away:  The Saints built a 7-1 advantage after four frames and cruised to the win in the first round of the 34th annual Phil Waring Memorial Tournament.


Spa Catholic 12   Schuylerville 1

WP:  Pierce Byrne 5 IP 3 Hits 1 Run 0 ER 6 K’s                                    LP:  Alex Luzadis

Hitting Stars:  Saints – Aiden Crowther 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI’s        Ronan Rowe 2B

Take Away:  The Saints use a strong outing from Byrne, who was named tournament MVP, to win the championship of the Phil Waring Tournament.  The victory was the 600th in the stellar career of Spa Catholic’s Phonzie Lambert. With the victory the Saints move to 17-3 on the year.  


Tamarac 26   Berlin/New Lebanon 3

WP:  James Blake 3.1 IP 2 Hits 1 Run 0 ER 3 BB’s 6 K’s                            LP:  Konnor McMillan 6 IP 20 Hits 26 Runs 17 ER 6 BB’s 4 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Bengals – Tyler Sears 4-5, 2 2B’s, HR, 5 RBI’s           Nevin Wilkie 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI’s        J. Smith 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI’s      Mountaineers – A. VanDyke 1-3, 2 RBI’s

Take Away:  A 10-run first set the tone Tamarac’s one-sided decision over the Mountaineers on a day that was the Bengal’s annual fund-raising game to support pediatric cancer awareness with all proceeds going to the “Melodies Center” in Albany to help fund programs for children fighting cancer.


Stillwater 7   Galway 1

WP:  Eden Resch 7 IP 4 Hits 1 Run 1 ER 0 BB’s 10 K’s                          LP:  A. Kolpakas 6 IP 5 Hits 7 Runs 4 ER 1 BB’s 12 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Warriors – Eden Resch 2-3, RBI        L. Thompson 1-2, RBI         Galway. A. Kolpakas 1-3, RBI

Take Away:  Resch allowed a run in the first and shut the door the rest of the way leading the Warriors to the nonleague win over Galway.