QUEENSBURY — Michaela Kelly and Karly Power scored runs in the top of the eighth inning as the Amsterdam High School softball team survived a wild finish to knock off Queensbury, 4-3, in extra innings in the opening round of the Section II Class A tournament Thursday at Queensbury High School.
Amsterdam let a 2-0 lead slip away in the bottom of the seventh inning as Queensbury rallied to force extra innings, but the 10th-seeded Lady Rams (10-11) responded with two runs in the eighth. Singles by Nicole DeRose, Kelly and Power started the inning, and while DeRose was forced out, Kelly scored on a wild pitch and Power came home on Michaela Rust’s sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.
Seventh-seeded Queensbury got a run in the bottom of the eighth and had the potential tying and winning runs on base after two-out singles by Karley Hertzner and Justice Colvin, but Amsterdam pitcher Emma Patrei retired Emma Guilfoil on a pop-up to second base to give Amsterdam the win.
Patrei threw a complete game for the Lady Rams, striking out seven and scattering eight hits to send Amsterdam into the quarterfinals, where they will visit No. 2 seed Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
DeRose singled twice and knocked in a run for Amsterdam, Gianna Quatrini also had two hits and Rena Peconie drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Also Thursday, Canajoharie, Galway and Mayfield alll had their seasons come to an end in the first round of the Class C playoffs.
Tenth-seeded Canajhoarie fell 7-0 to No. 7 seed Hoosic Valley, which got a two-hit shutout with 17 strikeouts from Camille Coyne. Madison Koelbl doubled and Mackenzie Bowerman singled for Canajoharie.
No. 13 seed Mayfield dropped a 7-6 decision to fourth-seeded Warrensburg and No. 14 Galway fell 20-2 to third-seeded Mechanicville.
— Staff report