Monday, April 24, 2017

High school this 'n' that

Less than 24 hours after besting Albany Academy, LaSalle was back in action on Saturday, and was thumped, 18-2, by Queensbury. The sad part of this is the fact that The Record, due in large part to sports editor David Johnson being on vacation last week, couldn't send anyone to cover the Friday double-dip at Joe Bruno Stadium. Johnson's absence also results in the cheesiest, laziest game summaries I've ever read in a newspaper.

I've said it enough times. It's equally on the schools and the local press to work together. Not everyone is on social media and/or the internet. Old school journalism, friends, still works.
Meanwhile, across town at Troy High, I had ventured to the ol' alma mater essentially for my first look at the softball team on Saturday. No such luck. The morning rains on Friday, despite the best efforts of Troy's grounds crew, forced the cancellation of the softball game vs. Bethlehem. No makeup date has yet been set, but figure one will be, with three weeks and change left in the regular season. The girls are scheduled to finish the regular season with a non-league tilt at South Glens Falls on May 12.

As a result, it was a lost day on Saturday for the remaining Troy teams that did play. Bethlehem collected a receipt in baseball, avenging a 2-0 loss on April 5 with a 9-3 verdict on Saturday. Troy starter Isaac Brown, looking like a junior grade Noah Syndergaard with the flowing blond hair, didn't get out of the third inning, and was undone by a sloppy defense, which committed 4 errors early on. The Eagles scored seven runs in the third to ice the game. It was so bad that the fathers of two Troy players left before the Flying Horses got on the scoreboard.
Bethlehem also shut out Troy in tennis, 9-0. The goofs at The Record, due to an editing error, claimed Troy also faced---and lost to---Schenectady on Saturday, but that would've been earlier in the week, as the tennis courts were vacated for the day by the time I left the campus at 1:15 pm, following the baseball game. The Patriots were supposed to come to Troy on April 3, but that was postponed. Figuring this was moved back to Friday. Troy is winless in tennis this season. The lacrosse team has dropped five straight after falling to Bethlehem, 8-2. I realize lacrosse is a harder sport to master, but if coach Brian Benner doesn't turn things around these final three weeks, it looks like one-and-done come sectional time.
Back to the softball team. Troy won the Keenholts tournament in Guilderland on Sunday, defeating Shaker, 4-1 in the opener, then downing Cohoes (Colonial Council), 5-2, as senior ace Hunter LeVesque outdueled Cohoes' Isabelle DiChiaro. It's right back to the action today, as the girls come home for a makeup game vs. Colonie. The Garnet Raiders were to have played on April 5, but that game was postponed. The baseball game that day was bumped to make room for the aforementioned non-league game vs. Bethlehem, so it's also being made up today. With the two wins, the softball team moves to 7-1 on the season, and will have a rematch with Shaker next Monday. Weather permitting, of course.

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