Shenendehowa softball collects 13 hits in opening win

The rest of the Suburban Council is littered with talented teams looking to knock Shen off after the Plainsmen ran through the 2007 league season undefeated. Class AA runner-up Colonie has its entire starting lineup intact, while Shaker, Saratoga, Columbia, Bethlehem, Niskayuna, Guilderland, Mohonasen and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake all have talented players that can lead them to victory on any given day.

"The Council is pretty up this year " stronger than it's been in the last two or three years," said D'Amboise.

Shen faced another tough challenge Wednesday when it hosted Shaker in a Blue Division battle. The Plainsmen return to action Saturday when they play New Rochelle in a non-league game.

Two Tuesday no-nos

Two Saratoga County pitchers tossed no-hitters for their teams in Tuesday's softball action.

Erica Palleschi shut down Schenectady's batters to lead Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to a 7-0 non-league victory, while Saratoga's Alyson Onyon struck out 14 Troy batters to help the Blue Streaks defeat the Flying Horses 2-0.

Palleschi " called into the starting pitcher's role after a season-ending injury to Emily Ostrom " helped her own cause with a home run and a double as BH-BL improved its record to 3-3.

Krista Robarge scored one of Saratoga's two runs against Troy as the Blue Streaks ran their overall record to 4-0.

Meanwhile, Saratoga Central Catholic continued its stay in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a 7-6 victory over Section III's Auburn Tuesday. Mollie Denier belted a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game for the Saints (2-3). Jen Diggins added a bases-loaded triple in the bottom of the second inning.

Saratoga Central Catholic opened its visit to the South Carolina coastal resort with a 6-5 loss to Section VI's Niagara Falls Monday. Denier drove in three runs, and Betsey Towne added a double and a single for the Saints.""

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