Ballston Spa runs out of gas in state softball final

After winning the longest game in New York State Public High School Athletic Association softball tournament history, Ballston Spa fell to Section 6’s Williamsville East 3-0 in the Class A final Saturday at Moreau Recreational Park.

Williamsville East hit two home runs to start the the fifth inning, and Summer Clark recorded nine consecutive outs to seal the victory.

To get to the final, Ballston Spa outlasted Sayville (Section 11) 2-1 in a 20-inning epic that shattered the previous record for the longest game at the state tournament by seven innings. Ana Gold smacked an RBI single in the bottom of the 20th inning to propel the Scotties into the final for the second consecutive year.

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Sayville grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning and was one out away from winning the game when Ange Stile launched a solo home run to keep the semifinal going.

Lauren Kersch turned in a yeoman’s performance in the pitcher’s circle for Ballston Spa, as she went the distance in both games. Kersch took a no-hitter into the 12th inning of the semifinal game against Sayville and finished with 18 strikeouts to get the Scotties to the final. She then kept Williamsville East off the scoreboard until the fifth inning.

In Class B, Ichabod Crane fell to Ardsley 6-5 in the semifinals. Ardsley scored five runs in the sixth inning and then prevented the Riders from tying the game in the seventh with a force out at third base to end it. Ardsley then went on to win the state title with a 5-0 victory over Oneida.

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