White Plains softball beats Saks, wins area tourney
by Chris Brown
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WHITE PLAINS — The White Plains Lady Wildcats claimed the Class 3A, Area 8 tournament championship with a 4-2 victory over Saks on Thursday. It marked the fourth straight year that White Plains has been an area champion and the fourth time this season that pitcher Anna Snider came away victorious against Saks counterpart Taylor West.

“I can’t say enough good about Anna Snider. She has the heart of a champion. She’ll do anything for her teammates, and she’s going to do whatever is asked of her,” White Plains coach Rachel Ford said.

After appearing a little shaky in the first three innings, Snider settled down to go the distance, allowing two walks and six hits. She struck out two.

“I just think that confidence is a huge thing right now, and knowing she just faced Saks, obviously they’re a great team, they’re defending state champions, and she pulled out a win” Ford said.

Saks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after the top half of the first, and extended its lead to 2-0 in the third, before White Plains could answer the call.

Snider’s double to left-center field in the third inning with Sophia Taylor on second base was the turning point.

“Anna’s shot really lit a fire in us, and that was one of the hardest hit balls of the night and that just energized the team,” Ford said. “That energy, I think, really carried us through.”

The Wildcats walked away with only four hits against West, but they were timely hits with runners in scoring position.

Saks had a little difficulty in the field which cost them two runs as well.

“When you play an aggressive team like that, they’re going to make you make the plays, and they want you to make errors, and that’s how they beat you.” first-year Saks coach Michelle Lively said.

Despite the loss, defending 3A state champion Saks will be joining White Plains next weekend in Troy for regionals.

“I’ve been a part of this program for about three or four years now. This is our fifth trip in a row to regionals, and it says something for those girls and their work ethic. It’s hard to do that so no one can take that away from them.” Lively said.

Piedmont 10, Weaver 0, five innings — The Piedmont Bulldogs were lights out against the Weaver Bearcats.

On the mound for the Bulldogs was Kendall Pressley, who struck out three, walked none and allowed two hits while pitching a complete game shutout.

At the plate, the Bulldogs were led by Sara Beth Minton and Peggy Ridley, who collected five of the team’s 10 hits. Sarah Garner, Brittany Holloway, Kayleigh Williams, Caitlin Tant and Madison Pike also earned hits. For Weaver, Lauren Reed and Anna Morris had the Bearcats two hits.

Piedmont pushed across a run in the second, five in the third, three in fourth and one in the fifth to seal the victory.

Saks 4, Piedmont 1 — The Saks Wildcats stepped up with their backs against the wall against Piedmont. West went the distance allowing four hits, one walk, striking out eight, and giving up one run.

The bats came alive behind West’s pitching performance as Tiffany Springer went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Tayler Teague went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Laken Haynes, West, Kelly Kilgore, Raegan Nunez, Daisy Cornejo and Kendra Prater each added a hit.

For Piedmont, Holloway, Minton and Cheyenne McPeek collected the team’s four hits. Holloway scored the Bulldogs only run while Minton collected the RBI in the seventh.
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