Woodruff, McDougall spark Red Storm softball

TICONDEROGA – Saranac Lake got a big day at the plate from Brittany Woodruff and Jordy McDougall on the way to a 9-7 victory over Ticonderoga in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball action Thursday.

Woodruff, a junior, recorded three hits and McDougall rapped a double and a single to lead the Red Storm’s nine-hit attack.

Brittany Tschirhart worked six innings to claim the pitching victory and Nicole Viscardo took over in the seventh and retired the side to earn the save.

Kylie Austin was the losing pitcher.

Katie Palandrani led the Sentinels at the plate with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Sadie Hamel had two singles. Ticonderoga finished the game with 10 hits.

The Red Storm got off to a quick start with six runs in the first inning, and then pushed two more key runs across the plate in the top of the sixth after Ticonderoga rallied to cut its deficit to 7-5.

Trailing 9-5, Ticonderoga scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 9-7 game, which prompted Saranac Lake head coach Diana Schwartz to bring Viscardo to the pitcher’s circle.

“Brittany pitched a good game, but when Ticonderoga made it tight, I thought we needed to shake things up,” Schwartz said. “What impressed me the most was after a long bus ride, our girls came out and had six runs in the first inning. Their bats were cracking from the first pitch.”

Thursday’s game marked the first time Saranac Lake has beaten Ticonderoga during Schwartz’s five-year tenure as the Red Storm head coach.

“Ticonderoga traditionally has a strong softball program, and that was a huge win for us,” Schwartz said. “And beating them on the road, how sweet is that?”

Saranac Lake improved to 4-1 with the victory and plays its next two games on the road starting with Saturday’s game at Beekmantown at 11 a.m. The Red Storm will then travel to face Lake Placid Monday under the lights at the North Elba Show Grounds. The opening pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.


Northeastern Clinton 4, Saranac Lake 2

ROUSES POINT – A chance for a third-straight unbeaten regular season for Saranac Lake’s golfers slipped away Thursday, as the Red Storm fell 4-2 to Northeasten Clinton in their opening Champlain Valley Athletic Conference match.

Ethan Sawyer and Blake Gregory picked up Saranac Lake’s two victories playing at the No. 2 and 3 positions, while Nolan Reid, Cody Young, Chad Littlefield and Zachary Guay claimed wins for the Cougars.

Reid, a senior who has been to the state championship tournament twice, fired the low round of the day, a 35, to post a seven-stroke victory over Dustin Fischer in the No. 1 match. Sawyer edged Alex Duffy 40-41 and Gregory followed with another close win for the Red Storm, topping Chris Kokes 45-46.

NCCS then went on to sweep the fourth, fifth and sixth matches on their home course at the North Country Golf Club, with Young defeating Teddy Yanchitis 48-52, Littlefield beating Carl Bevilacqua 48-54 and Guay topping Austin Ecret 48-52.