Congratulations to Afton Softball on a great season.

954817_366185090150373_277745136_nAfton’s return to statewide softball prominence went according to plan for nearly the entirety of this season.

With the exception of the Crimson Knights’ final game .

Fort Ann scored three runs in the fourth inning to break a 1-all tie, then withstood a last-inning rally to hold on for a 5-2 victory over Afton in the state Class D championship game Saturday at the Adirondack Sports Complex.

The Section 2 champion Cardinals (25-0) completed a perfect season, while denying Afton (22-2) its eighth state title and first since 2009.

Afton was making its first state-playoff appearance after a rare two-year absence that seemed like forever for a program long one of the state’s best, and it appeared it might be one that could end gloriously when it struck first for a run in the first inning.

But Fort Ann responded with a run in the second inning to tie the score at 1, then seized control with a three-run fourth inning.

Kayla Bancroft led off the inning with a single, and one out later Bri Amodio had a single to put runners on first and second.

Following another out, Mikayla Graves drew a walk off Afton starter Cassidy Phillips to load the bases before Kimmi Ostrander hit a two-run single to center to put Fort Ann ahead 3-1. A passed ball ensued, allowing Graves to score from third base to make it 4-1.

Fort Ann added another run in the fifth inning to push its lead to 5-1, and seemed well on its way to the title against an Afton squad that had only four hits through six innings.

But Afton made it interesting in the seventh.

Shakari Coss was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Shawna Stevens hit a single to right, but Coss was thrown out trying to advance to third.

However, Tanya Hatton singled to put runners on first and third, and Ashley Rogalski followed with an RBI single that made it 5-2, though Hatton was thrown out trying to advance to third base on the play.

Still, when Sierra Palmatier singled to left following Rogalski’s hit, it brought the tying run to the plate in Payton Cutting. The junior flied out to right field to end the game.

Afton coach Cindy Bostelman was disappointed in the outcome but otherwise was thrilled with the season, especially considering the relative youth of her squad.

“This is a unique group, I have no seniors in this starting lineup,” said Bostelman, who has coached five of Afton’s seven state-title teams. “They’re hungry , the desire to want to come back and the feelings of being here will be in their minds. I don’t think they’ll be down long, it’s a sad ending but they know what to expect and what we need to do to get back.”

“That Fort Ann was a great team, they did a great job putting the ball in play.”

Afton made it to the title game with a 1-0 victory over Section 3’s Hamilton earlier Saturday.

The two teams combined for three hits, with Phillips tossing a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts for the Crimson Knights. She managed to outduel Hamilton pitcher Becca Rogers, who allowed two hits with 12 strikeouts.

Afton got its run in the third inning against Hamilton. After loading the bases with one out, Connor Decker plated Ashley Rogalski when she reached on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop.

Franklin vs Oriskany – Class D State Quarterfinal – Update 2

At the end of 3 quarters, Oriskany continues to lead 36-31.  Franklin’s Jordan Beers leads all scorers with 18 points.  Oriskany is spreading it around with Madison Zizzy 8, Brandy Zizzy 8, Shannon VanShufflin 6, and Jordan Sahl 5.  Join us for the 4th quarter live on WCDO AM/FM and WCDOSports.com!

Harpursville vs Cooperstown – Class C State Quarterfinal – FINAL

Harpursville joins the Final 4 by beating Cooperstown 45-43 to transfer to the Class C State Semifinal versus the winner of Friends Academy and Alexander Hamilton.  There were 5 ties and 7 lead changes in today’s game!

Congratulations to today’s award winners!

NBT Bank Outstanding Offense: Miranda Drummond – Harpursville

Mang Insurance Dynamic Defense: Savannah Murray – Harpursville

Leading Scorers in today’s game (*all stats unofficial*)

Miranda Drummond (H) 26 points with two 3-pointers

Savannah Murray (H) 12 points

Maggie Hall (C) 9

Liz Millea (C) 9

Summer Murdock (C) 9

Join us for our second game coming up on WCDO AM/FM and WCDOSports.com.  The Franklin Lady Purple Devils take on the Oriskany Redskins in the Class D State Quarterfinal live from SUCO with Greg Davie on WCDO!

State Tournament Double Header on Saturday

It’s a State Quarterfinal Double Header on Saturday on WCDO AM/FM and streaming live at WCDOSports.com.  Greg Davie calls the action from Oneonta as the Harpursville Lady Hornets take on Cooperstown in Class C starting at 12:45pm.  Immediately following that game, Greg will call the action as the Franklin Lady Purple Devils take on Oriskany in Class D.  Catch all the action live on your local sports leader, WCDO!

Morris vs Marathon Boys Class D Sect IV Final – FINAL

Marathon comes out on top over Morris, final score 60-55.  Marathon will transfer to the state tournament.

Congratulations to the award winners:

NBT Bank Outstanding Offense – Jeff Contri – Marathon

Mang Insurance Dynamic Defense – Kody Barry – Marathon

Franklin vs Morris Girls Sect. IV Class D Championship – FINAL

The Franklin Girls win the Girls Class D Section IV Championship and will continue to the State Tournament, defeating Morris 51-37.

Congratulations to today’s award winners:

NBT Bank Outstanding Offense: Jordan Beers – Franklin

Mang Insurance Dynamic Defense: Marissa Cauley – Franklin

Jordan Beers put up 33 points in this game!

The Boys Class D Section IV Final is coming up on WCDO AM/FM and WCDOSports.com!