Shenendehowa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake return to softball finals

Once again, the Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake softball teams have reached the Section II finals in their respective classes.

Shen shut out Queensbury 4-0 Tuesday at Colonie's Veeder Park to advance to Friday's Class AA final against Colonie at Clifton Common, while BH-BL dealt Colonial Council champion Lansingburgh a 5-0 loss in the Class A semifinals at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Glens Falls.

Amanda Ferro pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out eight to help the Plainsmen (23-2) beat Queensbury and continue their quest for a sixth consecutive Sectional title. Morgan Sprague gave Ferro plenty of run support with a two-RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning, while Lauren Lawler had three hits including a double.

BH-BL pitcher Katie Filak was just as stingy against Lansingburgh as Ferro was against Queensbury. Filak allowed only one hit and struck out 10 to guide the Spartans into a Class A final rematch against South Glens Falls Friday at Clifton Common. It was the second consecutive one-hitter for Filak, who did the same thing in BH-BL's 12-0 quarterfinal victory over Scotia-Glenville last Friday.

Leanne Merchant belted a three-run home run in the first inning, and Veronica Palleschi contributed a two-run single in the top of the seventh to account for all of BH-BL's runs against Lansingburgh.

Shen entered its semifinal game against Queensbury with a 3-0 quarterfinal win against Suburban Council Blue Division rival Saratoga last Friday at Veeder Park.

They played very, very well, said Shen coach Dan D'Amboise. "In all aspects of the game, I thought we played well."

Saratoga hitters touched Ferro for seven hits, but Ferro was able to work out of several jams to keep the Blue Streaks off the scoreboard.

"They had seven hits, but we scattered them," said D'Amboise. "We also got their lead runner out several times, which helped us."

Shen's offense got seven hits against Saratoga pitcher Alyson Onyon, with two of them driving in runs. Sprague had one of the RBI singles, while Kelsi Hines had the other.

"The way we manufactured runs, it was a team effort. It wasn't one individual, and Saratoga wasn't committing any errors, either," said D'Amboise.

Both the Class AA and Class A finals start at 5 p.m. at Clifton Common.""

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