Panthers, Indians hit the road for sectionals

HOOSICK, N.Y. — A trip to a sectional championship will mean winning on the road for both the Hoosick Falls and Cambridge softball teams. The Panthers earned the No. 10 in the Section II, Class B tournament, while the Indians earned the No. 11 seed in the Class C division.

This spring has been a splendid surprise for Hoosick Falls, who earned a spot in the sectional tournament this season after not making it to the playoffs the past four season, earned a spot with a 7-9 record in the Wasaren League and a 8-10 mark overall.

The Panthers squeaked into the tournament based mostly off their big wins against Hoosic Valley and Duanesburg.

"It was [a] disappointment not making the playoffs last year, so the girls are very excited to be in the tournament this season," said Hoosick Falls coach Charlie Weeden. "We have been in almost every game we have played this season and have battled tough against the tougher teams in our league. I think we can do the same in the postseason."

Seniors Liz Ryan and Sydney Miller and freshman Mackenzie Ellis have all had productive seasons at the plate this spring for Hoosick Falls, while freshman Abby Philpott has been strong in the circle in her first year on varsity.

After a slow start hitting, the Panthers have been swinging the bats very well as of late, something Weeden believes can help them in the playoffs.

"We're swinging the bats better as a team going into the end of the season and that can be a huge boost for us in the postseason if it stays the same," Weeden said. "With Abby pitching well and our defense playing, we have a chance to squeak out a win in the playoffs.

Hoosick Falls will travel to play No. 7 seed Hudson today in the opening round of the Class B tournament.

The Indians on the other hand, will travel to play No. 11 seed Greenville in the first round of the sectional tournament today.

Finishing the regular season with a mark of 10-6 and making it to the quarterfinals of the tournament last year, the Indians are a dark horse in the tournament with having Miranda Seacord on the mound and a offense that can be very explosive at times, led by Victoria Dupuis, Maddie Clifton, Kayla Giglio and Olivia Brownell.

"We feel that we have a team that can compete with anybody in our bracket," said Cambridge softball coach Gerald Clifton. "We have had inconsistent play at times this spring and that has hurt us, so we need to more focused in the field and better with the bats if we want to make a deep run in the playoffs."

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