Category Archives: Softball

VC win highlights wild day for four Section 9 teams

It was a crazy day for Section 9 softball in the quarterfinals of the state softball tournament, filled with excitement, joy, drama and heartbreak. Four teams entered Saturday with a chance of making the final four next Saturday in South Glens Falls. Only one team, Valley Central in Class AA, advanced. Meanwhile, in Class B, [...]

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Behind Ward’s 2-hitter, Highland wins first state playoff game

THIELLS – Yes, Highland ace Shannon Ward is dealing these days. Ward continued her postseason dominance with a two-hitter in a 3-1 win over Valhalla in the opening-round of the Class B state softball tournament at North Rockland High School on Friday. As for her postseason numbers, they are impressive. Ward, a senior is now [...]

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Recap with video: Chester defeats Haldane

SLATE HILL – Not this year, Haldane. Behind a four-hitter by Marcella Brosnan, Chester defeated Haldane 4-1 in the first round of the Class C state softball tournament on Thursday at Minisink Valley. Haldane had beaten Chester in the same game in two of the last three years. You could make the case that Chester [...]

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Recap with video: Section 9 champions crowned

Congratulations to your Section 9 softball champions: Valley Central (Class AA), Marlboro (Class A), Highland (Class B), Chester (Class C) and Chapel Field (Class D). I covered the three championship games at Minisink Valley on Saturday and they were all good ones. In, perhaps, the most anticipated match-up of the day, top-seeded put away Cornwall, [...]

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Recap: Ciarra DiGuilio leads Warwick to win in Class AA quarters

MIDDLETOWN – Only a sophomore, Warwick’s Ciarra DiGulio has had a breakout year for the Wildcats on the mound. That continued on Tuesday when, considering the spot, pitched the game of her career. DiGulio wasn’t lights out. In fact, Warwick coach Shawn Myers said she might have been a little off early on in the [...]

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Section 9 softball brackets

Just got the Section 9 softball brackets on the fax machine. I take it there are some contingencies based on some last-minute games, so I’m listing them as-is. Class AA Quarterfinals May 27 No. 5 Warwick at No. 4 Middletown, 4 p.m No. 6 Minisink Valley or Pine Bush at No. 3 Kingston, 4 p.m. [...]

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Recap with video: Kingston pulls out big win over Middletown

Class AA softball is, perhaps, as deep as it as ever been this season. Think about it? There are so many teams that could make a run at the championship – from Middletown, to Valley Central, to Kingston, to Roosevelt, to Warwick. And don’t count out defending Class AA champion Pine Bush and Minisink Valley. [...]

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Latest Top 10 rankings: May 17

1. Valley Central (13-3): The right side of Valley Central’s infield really coming through this season – first baseman Jenna DiPierro is hitting .396 with a team-leading 15 RBI and Rebecca Wentink, a second baseman, is batting .400 2. Middletown (15-3): Can clinch the OCIAA Division I title with a win over visiting Kingston on [...]

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5 questions with Wallkill’s Chelsea Murphy

We know Wallkill’s Chelsea Murphy is tough: Witness her performance during the girls’ basketball season. She played most of the season with a bruised hip and could often be seen limping up the court. Murphy’s hip became inflamed and she said she experienced painful tendinitis down to her knee. She’s also selfless. Two years ago, [...]

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Valley Central earns top spot in Top 10 rankings

About a week ago, it was what’s up with Valley Central? After opening the season with a win over Washingtonville, the Vikings lost to Pine Bush and Minisink Valley back-to-back. Pine Bush and Minisink Valley are quality outfits, but Valley Central, your Section 9 Class AA champion for three years in a row (2010-12) rarely [...]

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