MOREAU – The softball team went farther than any other squad in Shaker High School history before losing in the state semifinals on Saturday, June 10.
Binghampton was led by one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the state, Paige Rauch, who struck out 15 and also had a two-run home run in the fifth inning to give her team a 3-1 lead.
Shaker’s hurler, Allie Lajeuaesse, struck out seven and herself had an RBI double in the fourth to knot the score at one apiece.
Shaker loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth but came up empty.
Rauch gave up six hits in all, with Lajeuaesse adding a single to her double, Meg Kutley had a double and scored a run and Kelsey Wells, Shannon Bloodgood and Jesse Kirker each having singles.
Binghampton had six hits. The team went on to lose in the championship game later the same afternoon by a score of 1-0 to East Meadow.
“It’s been a hell of a ride. Allie pitched her heart out and we all played our hearts out,” said standout Shaker center fielder Alissa Folts. “It didn’t end the way we wanted it to but at least we are here.”
It was the first time a Shaker softball team won a sectional title in 15 years and the first time ever competing in the state tournament.
“For us to make out first appearance in shaker softball history in the state tournament is something they need to take with them today and keep with them forever,” said coach Kristen Calahan. “I really couldn’t be any prouder.”