Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sports this 'n' that

The University at Albany has filled its vacancy for women's basketball coach by hiring Colleen Mullen away from Army, where she spent the last 7 seasons, six as an associate head coach. Mullen has signed a 5 year deal, tasked with continuing the winning tradition at UAlbany, where the ladies' string of America East titles ended this season.
Troy High has at least one more baseball and softball game to play. The Flying Horses travel today to Averill Park. Troy's lone win in baseball that has been reported was over the Warriors last month, but coach Chris Strack's squad hasn't gotten untracked since, losing their last game, 8-0, to Burnt Hills on Monday.

In contrast, the softball team avenged a season opening loss to Burnt Hills by beating the Lady Spartans, 4-3, in 9 innings Monday. Serafina French went the distance, pitching all 9 innings, to pick up the win, as the Lady Horses continue their late season surge, having won six of their last seven. They tried again to make up a game vs. Niskayuna on Tuesday, but it was postponed for the 3rd time this season due to rain.

Apparently, sectional pairings won't be announced until Friday at the latest, with tournament action to begin on Saturday.

As for the Troy lacrosse team, last night's game vs. Burnt Hills has not yet been reported.
A month ago, the Mets sat atop the NL East. This morning, they're in 4th place thanks to a recent slump. On Tuesday, they welcomed back Curtis Granderson and his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays, for an interleague series. The game was delayed 90 minutes due to rain, but when they did play, the Mets thumped Toronto, 12-2. Noah Syndergaard labored through 5 innings to pick up the win, and contributed 2 RBI's with a double and a sacrifice fly.

Meanwhile, the Yankees and Washington were tied, 3-3, when their game was suspended due to heavy rain in the nation's capital. They'll finish that today before the regularly scheduled game. If anything, the two New York clubs can help each other out. Should the Yanks sweep Washington, and the Mets finish off Toronto, the Mets would move back into 3rd place in the NL East.
They're not done playing high school ball at Bruno Stadium. A non-league match between Columbia (Suburban Council) and Colonial Council runner-up Ichabod Crane was scheduled for last night, but was pushed back to tomorrow night due to the late afternoon storm. The Joe will host the Section 2 title games next week, so the Riders could be warming up for a return trip. We'll know for sure when the sectional pairings are finally revealed.
I can't stress this enough. Spectrum News needs to expand Toyota Sports Night to a full half hour. Yes, they have limited resources, like their print brethren, and can't cover everything, but I'm sure they're finding out that 15 minutes isn't enough for a nightly sportscast anymore.

For what it's worth, the next morning's replay is now an hour earlier, at 5:15 am (ET). Why that is, I don't know. By the same token, WCWN & WRGB would be well served make Upstate Sports Edge a 7-nights-a-week entity, since they're the only broadcast channel with a nightly sports show in the market.

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