Softball: Shen shuts down Guilderland for title

— Melissa Morgan -- who made a back-handed, diving catch to deny an extra-base hit earlier in the game -- led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single and moved to third on Amanda Auguston's double. Caitlin Lawson singled in Morgan and Auguston two batters later to double Shen's advantage to 4-0.

"It was an outside pitch, and when I hit it it felt good," said Lawson. "They (Guilderland outfielders) were playing deep, and it dropped in."

"I wasn't comfortable with a two-run lead," said D'Amboise.

Daigle completed the shutout with a scoreless seventh inning for Shen, which won its first Sectional title since 2008 and its seventh for D'Amboise. The Plainswomen lost to Bethlehem 2-1 in last year's Class AA final.

"We were definitely motivated by last year's loss in the final," said Lawson. "We didn't have as much enthusiasm (last year) as we did today."

"It was a full team effort that got us here," said O'Gorman. "Our captains post quotes (on the dugout), and today was the perfect one for us. It says, 'It takes talent to be good, but desire to win.' That sums up this victory."

Marino was proud of the effort his Guilderland team put forth during the playoffs.

"I knew we had a great team,'' Marino said. "We started five sophomores. We went through ups and downs. We pride ourselves on focus, attitude and effort. A very good team (Shen) beat us today."

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