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The Telegram
  • SCHOLASTIC SOFTBALL: Hart fans 500th; Little Falls wins Whalen Tourney

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  • ILION, N.Y. — Saturday was a good day for the Little Falls Mounties. It was an especially good day for senior pitcher Amy Hart.
    Hart took home the most valuable player award from the David P. Whalen Memorial Tournament for the second year in a row and reached a personal milestone as the Mounties ran their winning streak to nine games with a pair of victories.
    Hart notched the 500th strikeout of her four-year varsity career in the Mounties’ 25-0 win over Camden in the first round of the tournament. She is believed to be the first softball pitcher to reach the plateau at Little Falls.
    “When I first started pitching (in sixth grade), my coach said that was the milestone he wanted to see me get,” Hart said, referring to former Fulton-Montgomery Community College coach Doug King. “Ever since then, that’s kind of been my goal.”
    The milestone strikeout came on the final out of the fifth inning against Sauquoit Valley. Hart started the day with 496 and big red Ks were hung on the backstop each time she added to the list until the 500th. She was greeted by hr teammates on the third base line and got a hug ad flowers from coach Cristi Paragi as she headed back to the dugout.
    Hart also pitched the championship game and helped Little Falls defeat tournament host Central Valley Academy 7-3 at the David P. Whalen Community Park.
    The Mounties put themselves in a hole against the Thunder in the championship game. A coin flip made Little Falls the home team on Central Valley Academy’s home field and the Thunder took advantage of early miscues to score three runs in the top of the first inning.
    Cara Briggs drove in the first two runs with a bases-loaded single with one out and another scored when Rebecca Hale grounded out.
    Hale, the winning pitcher in relief for the Thunder in the first round, made quick work of the Mounties in the first two innings before Sydney McCarthy started the third with a single. Kaitlyn Duesler singled with one out and a hit by Hannah Becker loaded the bases. Hart drew a walk to push the first Little Falls run across the plate and Kelli Shepardson followed with a sacrifice fly.
    The Thunder held its 3-2 lead until the bottom of the fifth inning. Duesler and Becker started the inning with singles and Shepardson drove home the tying run with a one-out double to right-center. Gen Schoff followed with a single that plated two runs and gave Little Falls the lead.
    The Mounties added a run in the fifth inning on an error and Becker doubled in the sixth and scored when Hart grounded out.
    After the first inning, Hart allowed only two hits, doubles by Audrey Bunce in the third and Stephanie Hurteau in the seventh.
    Page 2 of 2 - Central Valley Academy was a 18-7 winner against Sauquoit Valley in the first round. Camden defeated Sauquoit Valley 16-6 in the consolation game with a 10-run rule in effect.
    Hart had a double and a triple among Little Falls’ 19 hits against Camden and pitched a three-hit shutout. She had five hits in all and drove in five runs.
    The wins ran the Mounties’ record to 9-1.
    Nicole Schumacher had a single, two doubles and a triple, and scored three runs against Sauquoit Valley for Central Valley Academy (6-4). Taylor Lindig hit two singles and a triple, drove in three runs and scored four times. Bunce had two hits and three RBI, Johna Cusworth had three hits and three runs, and Nicole Doolen and Hale each scored two runs.
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    LITTLE FALLS 7, CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY 3
    Central Valley Academy 300 000 0 — 3 5 1
    Little Falls 002 041 X — 7 10 1
    W — Amy Hart. L — Rebecca Hale. 2B — Central Valley, Audrey Bunce, Stephanie Hurteau; Little Falls, Hannah Becker, Kelli Shepardson. Records — Central Valley Academy 6-4; Little Falls 9-1.
    FIRST ROUND
    LITTLE FALLS 25, CAMDEN 0
    Little Falls 604 038 4 — 25 19 1
    Camden 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
    W — Amy Hart. L — Mealin O'Rourke. 2B — Little Falls, Hart, Kelli Shepardson, Sydney McCarthy, Hannah Rasch. 3B — Little Falls, Hart. Records — Little Falls 8-1.
    FIRST ROUND
    CENTRAL VALLEY ACADEMY 18, SAUQUOIT VALLEY 7
    Sauquoit Valley 015 010 0 — 7 6 3
    Central Valley Academy 903 330 X — 18 16 5
    W — Audrey Bunce. L — Ali Sloma. 2B — Sauquoit Valley, Brianne Cardillo; Central Valley Academy, Nicole Schumacher 2, Bunce, Stephanie Hurteau, Johna Cusworth. 3B — Central Valley Academy, Schumacher, Taylor Lindig, Cara Briggs. Records — Central Valley Academy 6-3.
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