PRUYN HILL – The Mechanicville softball welcomed the Blackbirds of Voorheesville to their home field on the McBride Farm on Monday afternoon. Once on the field, however, that welcome was turned less than cordial.
Behind an balanced offensive barrage, the Lady Raiders got the better of Temple University-bound and Council Player of the Year candidate Amanda Gatt for a 9-2 victory. Allison Ford went 3 for 4 with a double to lead the lineup that was relentless all day.
Voorheesville tightened things up in the 5th, closing to within 4-2. However, second baseman Erin Maloney made a backhanded stab up the middle and gunned the runner down at first, forcing the Blackbirds to leave the bases loaded. Coach Arceneaux’s team would go on to open up the lead in the bottom of the inning. Kirstyn Alonzo and Ford teamed up to stymie the visitors from the circle.
Monday’s game was also the first that the “Voice of Mechanicville Athletics”, Louie Marcelle, will announce from behind home plate. Another noted Paper City voice, Larry Grayson, helped by supplying the equipment.
The win brings Mechanicville’s record to 6-0 in the Colonial Council. They next face Watervliet down in the Arsenal City on Tuesday and will return home Friday afternoon facing Albany Academy for Girls.