Baseball has split for week

T he Whitehall baseball team alternated wins and loses, splitting four games last week.

The team lost a pair of league contests against Warrensburg and Fort Ann and defeated Bolton and non-league opponent Poultney.

The Railroaders opened Adirondack League play with an 8-7 come from behind win over the Bolton Eagles last Tuesday.

The game was a back and fourth affair with six lead changes including a three run rally in the final frame that won the game for Whitehall.

Brett Christian started the rally with a single and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Codie Bascue then walked and a double steal put the Railroaders in business with runners on second and third.

Luke Wescott hit a sacrifice fly plating Christian cutting Bolton’s lead to one. Josh Hoagland then doubled, scoring Bascue.

A wild throw on Hoagland’s steal of third allowed him to score giving Whitehall a one run lead that Christian preserved by retiring the side in the bottom half of the seventh.

Hoagland finished the game 2 for 4, Jordan LaCroix added a pair of RBI’s and Wescott pitched 4 innings striking out 10 batters.

On Friday, Whitehall traveled to Warrensburg where they were undone by a late rally.

Up 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Warrensburg rallied, scoring seven runs to snatch the victory away from Whitehall.

The Railroaders missed a golden opportunity to blow the game open in the first inning when they were only able to push ahead a single run with the bases loaded and no outs.

AJ Ricketts was impressive on the hill in his first varsity start holding the Burghers in check throughout most of the game.

Jim Varney hit a three run homer and Hoagland added a solo shot and a double for Whitehall which dropped to 1-1 in the league and 1-2 overall with the lose.

The game in Warrensburg seemed to have a hangover effect as Whitehall defeated Poultney 21-13 in a sloppy game Saturday afternoon.

Despite the score, Whitehall managed only four hits in the game but were the recipients of 24 walks and 4 hit batsmen.

LaCroix managed one of the few hits, blasting a three run homer. Ricketts scored 5 runs, Hoagland added four of his own and Wescott earned the victory with 2 1/3 innings of no hit relief.

Whitehall improved to 2-2 overall with the win.

Whitehall opened their home slate on Monday as the defending New York State Champion Fort Ann Cardinals came to town.

The game was a rematch of an early season game that saw Whitehall lose by only two runs.

The Railroaders appeared to be on upset alert as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the game, however a pair of errors later in the game opened up the doors for Fort Ann who went on to win 15-5.

Ricketts blasted a three run homerun into the road, Hoagland went 2 for 4 with a pair of runs and Jordan LaCroix added a double for Whitehall which dropped to 1-2 in the league and 2-3 overall.

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