Wahconah softball gets revenge on Taconic by holding off late rally

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PITTSFIELD — The Taconic softball team scrapped to create its ideal scenario with the game on the line against Wahconah on Thursday. The storybook ending was there: The Braves' best hitter Ashley Keegan at the plate with the bases loaded, down by two in the bottom of the seventh on Senior Night. But, Wahconah pitcher Allie Borowsky had other plans in mind. Borowsky got Keegan to ground out to second base, clinching a 3-1 victory for the Warriors (13-6, 6-3).

Borowsky was visibly emotional after the game, embracing catcher Jess Warren after the final out. The win was a bit of redemption for Borowsky after the Braves (13-5, 4-2) defeated the Warriors with a seventh-inning run earlier in the season.

"Just throw as hard as I can," Borowsky said of her game plan for getting the final out. "Hit my spots perfectly, because she's an amazing hitter. If she hit it I knew my defense was behind me to make the plays.

"I'm just so proud of [Warren], so proud of the team. She works so hard back there. Definitely a high-intensity game and we had a lot emotion going into it. This was definitely one we wanted to win."

Borowsky kept the Braves off the scoreboard until the final inning. Morgan Leighfield started the seventh inning with a single, before the next two Braves were retired. Addison Lyon drew a walk and Kailey Bell followed with a RBI single. Aubrey Lazits dropped a single into shallow left, setting up Keegan with the tying run on second, but the Bentley College-bound senior could not get the timely hit. The Braves left nine runners on base.

"The key word is execution," Taconic coach Kevin Harrington said. "We probably had our worst game of the year. We didn't execute defensively, and offensively we didn't execute. We had some opportunities. ... Hats off to them, they executed. They got the bunt down, they moved the runner. The hits fell in because they executed prior to that."

Borowsky went the distance, striking out 10, walking two and allowing seven hits. Keegan took the loss. She struck out nine, including the first five batters she faced, surrendered seven hits and two earned runs.

Hailey Lenksi got the Warriors' first hit in the third. Emma Parkington started the scoring with a RBI triple in the fourth. Borowsky followed with a bunt single in between the first and second baseman for the second run, plating Parkington. Kelly McMahon led off the fifth by reaching via error. Lenski moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt, Abby Wells moved her to third with a single and the freshman third baseman scored on a passed ball. Borowsky went 2 for 3. Lenski went 2 for 2.

Bell led Taconic with three hits. Leighfield had two hits.

After errors doomed Wahconah in the first meeting between the teams, the visitors flashed the leather in the rematch. Warren made a lunging catch on a popped up bunt in the first inning. In the fourth, Borowsky got her glove knocked off by a screaming liner off Keegan's bat, but she collected herself and made the out at first. The Warriors made no errors, while the Braves made two. Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said calling up Lenski from the junior varsity and plugging her in at third base allowed him to move Warren back to catcher, which helped solidify the team's defense.

"I said this to them before the game — we're a different team than we were the first time we played them," he said. "I thought we played pretty well the first time. We had one bad inning and made a couple of mistakes. I said tonight, there's going to be a moment where we're tested again and we have to have the right response. And clearly we did in the seventh inning."

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Wahconah     000     210     0          3     7     0

Taconic     000     000     1          1     7     2

Allie Borowsky and Jess Warren. Ashley Keegan and Kailey Bell. W — Borowsky. L — Keegan. 2B — T: 1 Bell. 3B — W: 1 Emma Parkington.

Reach sports writer Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252 or @TheAkeemGlaspie.


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