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    Albany Cougars win softball championship in Bay Shore Athletic League

    Sarah Muse of Albany High School Softball Team fought in a fierce battle last Wednesday. Photo and article by Daryn Singh.

    The Softball Team of Albany High School won the championship of Bay Shore Athletic League after beating Richmond’s Kennedy Eagles last Friday.

    Finishing the league matches undefeated, the Cougar softballers will compete in North Coast Section Championship in the upcoming week.

    The team fought a spectacular battle against its closest rival — the Bruins of St. Patrick’s -St. Vincent High School, last Wednesday.

    The St. Patrick’s Bruins batted first and scored two runs quickly. Things didn’t seem to get better as the Albany Cougars couldn’t answer back as each inning rolled by. The first hit came from senior Laura Cannon in the fourth inning to get the Cougars on base. However, both teams struggled to put runs on the board and the game remained 2-0 for the majority of the contest.

    Near the end of the sixth inning, Coach Stephanie Vasarhely of the Cougars decided to call a timeout. She told her players that the game was on the line and urged them to “step it up”.

    These words turned into actions as Laura Cannon singled. Cannon was moved to second on a single from sophomore Sabina Khan. Senior Nicole Presher then walked, bringing junior Hannah Kramer to the plate. Kramer rapped a single scoring Canon. Khan was brought home on a single by sophomore Krista Smithers, but Presher was thrown out at home, knotting the game at 2-2.

    The game remained tied 2-2 through regulation play.

    In extra innings, the Cougars took the outfield first and played defensively with three quick outs. After holding the Bruins scoreless for two innings, the Cougars surprised the Bruins with the star of the game, freshman Ellie Arkin. In the bottom of the ninth, with one out, Arkin stepped up to bat for the first time in the game. Arkin blasted the ball into left field for a triple. Senior Joan Cannon ripped a grounder to bring Arkin – and the win — home.

    *Daryn Singh is a junior at Albany High School and a reporter of the Cougar, the school’s news publication.

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