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2018-06-13 / Sports

Lumberjacks Come up Short of a Fourth State Title

By Tom Coddington


FORCING OUT — Deposit catcher Bryn Martin forces out a Fort Ann player at the plate during the championship game. The Cardinals rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to overcome the Lumberjacks and win the state title. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter FORCING OUT — Deposit catcher Bryn Martin forces out a Fort Ann player at the plate during the championship game. The Cardinals rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to overcome the Lumberjacks and win the state title. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The 2018 Deposit softball team was looking for a fourth state Class D championship in as many years when it went to the Moreau Recreational Park on Saturday, but a late rally by Fort Ann, which before the Deposit run, had won in 2013 and 2014, gave the title back to the Cardinals.

The two pitchers, Deposit’s Makenzie Stiles and Fort Ann’s Kayla Bailey controlled the game for the first five innings. The Lumberjacks scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning on a two-out single by Erin Ballard and a triple by Bryn Martin. The score stayed at 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning.

The first Fort Ann hitter singled, and then everything went downward for Stiles, as the Cardinals were able to get their runs by another hit and walks and the ’Jacks finally induced force plays to get the needed outs. However, the Section II champions had a 4-1 lead.


FINAL SCORE (left) — Deposit’s Erin Ballard scores what would be the final run in the state championship game on Saturday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter FINAL SCORE (left) — Deposit’s Erin Ballard scores what would be the final run in the state championship game on Saturday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter In the top of the seventh stanza, with one out, Mikayla led off with a single and scored on a Ballard double, and Ballard scored on a single by Bryn Martin. Bailey then got Kyra Martin to pop out, ending the game.

Both Stiles and Bailey struck out 10 batters in the game. Ballard, Aubryn Smith and Stiles all had two hits.

“This was a great game, showing how we never give up and fight to the very end. We got punched in the sixth when Fort Ann had the rally, but we went down swinging,” commented Deposit Head Coach Dan Briggs. “That shows what kind of girls we have in Deposit, to still put up a fight after giving up the lead. Unfortunately we came up on the short end, but I could not be prouder of my team.”


CONSOLATION — Deposit assistant coach Megan Faulkner consoles Bryn Martin and Makenzie Stiles after their team lost, 4-3, in the NYSPHSAA Class D championship game on Saturday at the Moreau Recreational Park at South Glens Falls. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter CONSOLATION — Deposit assistant coach Megan Faulkner consoles Bryn Martin and Makenzie Stiles after their team lost, 4-3, in the NYSPHSAA Class D championship game on Saturday at the Moreau Recreational Park at South Glens Falls. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter He added, “After we intentionally loaded the bases in the sixth, and then got two ground outs we needed. I thought we were in the clear. We have to give credit to Fort Ann, for a well-played game, and the got the hits when they needed to.”

The first game of the day for Deposit was against Section VI champion North Collins. Neither team scored until the fifth inning, when the ’Jacks got on the board, and they finished with a 5-0 victory.



ONE OF TWO — Deposit’s Aubrin Smith connects for one of her two hits in the NYSPHSAA Class D championship game on Saturday. It 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter ONE OF TWO — Deposit’s Aubrin Smith connects for one of her two hits in the NYSPHSAA Class D championship game on Saturday. It Benjamin Patton/The Reporter

HEADED HOME — Deposit’s Erin Ballard runs to third base in the seventh inning of the Class D state championship game. She had doubled before going to third, and would later score. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter HEADED HOME — Deposit’s Erin Ballard runs to third base in the seventh inning of the Class D state championship game. She had doubled before going to third, and would later score. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter

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