MAU softball tops Hoosick, stays unbeaten


HOOSICK, N.Y. -- At one point during Wednesday afternoon's game against Hoosick Falls, Mount Anthony Union High School starter Jenna Crowley's pitching line included four walks -- but no hits -- for the Panthers.

She didn't have to be perfect, though, with the performance from her offense.

MAU scored five runs in the third inning en route to a 9-0 road victory, a win that improves the Patriots to 7-0 on the season.

"Our team's hit well all year, we always say, ‘Put the ball in play and good things will happen,'" said MAU coach Katie Contrada. "We came in with a lot of confidence and just never really let up. Overall, it was a good game, Jenna was throwing heat and the bats were right there today."

Mount Anthony got things started offensively in the second inning, taking advantage of a walk and an error to start. Then Lauren Woodcock drove in a run with a groundout and Cheyenne Guetti added a second run on a fielder's choice to give the Patriots a 2-0 advantage.

In the third, MAU blew the game open. Kate Goodell started the inning with a fly to center, but the next six batters in the lineup reached. Keira Goodell started with a single, moving to second when Baylee Ports walked. Makayla Farrara then crushed a double to left-center, scoring a pair. Julie Elwell singled to put runners at the corners, and Kori Bow drove them both home with a hit to center to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead.

"We don't have any big holes in the lineup, every kid is getting it done," Contrada said. "Hitting is mental, they believe they can do it. No one's trying to be a hero, don't overthink it."

At the same time, Crowley was mowing down the Panthers, with five strikeouts in the first three innings, en route to nine for the game.

In the bottom of the third, Hoosick's Abby Gilson and Sydney Miller reached on walks, but Crowley got out of the jam, thanks in part to Elwell picking off a runner on the basepaths and inducing a groundout on a hot shot to third.

"Jenna's a great pitcher, we saw great pitches," said Hoosick Falls coach Emily Ciuk, filling in for usual coach Chris Farley. "We wanted to attack the plate and we got a couple of hits. We did pretty well today."

In the fourth, Crowley allowed her first hit of the day off the bat of Chelsea Stevens, but when the next hitter, Alyssa Ellis, blooped a ball to short right field, Stevens was caught in no man's land and forced out at second. Crowley then got Ashley Stephens to ground out to end the inning.

"I mostly wanted to throw strikes, as I'd [been struggling]," Crowley said. "I was proud of myself throwing strikes. I did have a couple wild pitches, but I managed it pretty well."

MAU scored another run in the fifth after Elwell doubled and then scored on a single from Bow (who had three RBI) to make it 8-0. In the bottom of the frame, Hoosick Falls got two on with one out with walks, but in a stroke of luck, a wild pitch from Crowley bounced off the backstop and right back to Elwell, who fired a strike to third to get out the lead runner and kill any chance of a rally.

"My team helps me a lot, I love every one of them," Crowley said. "All great hitters that get it done on offense, but I can count on them on defense too."

Crowley's final line was a complete-game, allowing two hits and walking four with the nine strikeouts. On the other side, Ellis allowed nine runs, six earned, and struck out four.

"Alyssa has been phenomenal with her pitching," Ciuk said. "She's throwing strikes, there's not a lot of walks. "If the batter puts it in play, our defense can make the plays."

MAU remains unbeaten and travels to Brattleboro on Friday for a Marble Valley League matchup. Hoosick Falls is 5-5 in the Wasaren League and 5-10 overall.


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