A tremendous regular season didn’t translate into a successful postseason for the girls softball team, which lost in the opening round of the Section II Class C tournament against Waterford 8-0 last Wednesday.
Ashley Lefebvre was in control throughout, allowing only a pair of singles and striking out 17 batters in a dominating performance.
Carly Brazill supplied most of the offense for Waterford, stroking a three-run home run, a run-scoring double and a single to finish with 5 RBIs. Alex Lefebvre scored three runs for Waterford, which pounded out 13 hits.
Head coach Pam Putorti said the team hurt its cause with a few miscues in the field and an inability to hit the ball.
“The pitcher really wasn’t any better than some of the pitchers we faced this year, but we just could not put the bat on the ball,” she said. “And defensively we made some really big errors on routine plays.”
The game was close early as Brittney Putorti was able to limit Waterford to a single run in the first and second innings, but the Fordians scored two runs in the fourth inning and Brazill drove in three runs in a four-run fifth inning to break the game open.
Stepping up a league
Whitehall was forced to compete as a Class C school in playoffs, despite competing as a Class D school in the regular season. That means facing larger schools and having to navigate a 17-team tournament instead of an eight-team tournament that Class D teams compete in.
“It’s going to be a struggle to compete in Class C,” Putorti said.
Although the team was disappointed by the loss, Whitehall enjoyed a very successful season. The team finished the year with a 12-5 record, tied for third overall with Fort Ann in the Adirondack League. That mark included wins over perennial heavyweights Argyle, Fort Ann and Hartford, which Whitehall has struggled with in the past. They also beat eventual Adirondack League champion Lake George.
“I’m incredibly proud of them. They are a fantastic group of girls,” said Putorti.
She said the team displayed steady improvement throughout the season and the players simply need to start believing in each other to make that next step.
With nearly every significant contributor expected back next season, the team should continue to be near the top of the league standings.
“I don’t like to make predictions because they can come back to haunt you, but if people stay healthy, I have a good feeling about next year,” Putorti said.