Wednesday, May 24, 2017


ACCORD--No offensive punch and strong pitching by Rondout Valley's Tori Decker were the story-lines in Liberty's  8-1 loss to Rondout Valley Tuesday in the Section 9 Class B softball quarterfinal at Accord.

  Liberty coach Matt Stoddard detailed the outcome of the game stating "usually we are a pretty good hitting team but the bats did not come alive today."
  The Ganders didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard as they pounced on Liberty pitcher Katy Decker in the bottom of the first inning as Mackenzie Fischer was safe at first on a fielding  error by Liberty shortstop Jen Lopez, Gigi Koch hit a double to deep center field putting runners on second and third and the captain of the team Makaylah Mutz blasted a three-run homer deep over the right center field fence. 

  The home-run was really all the offense Rondout Valley needed although they added one run in the second inning, another run in the fifth  and three additional runs in the sixth.

  Liberty's solo run came in the top of the seventh when Camryn England singled to left field, Jen Lopez was safe on a ground ball error putting runners on first and second. Olivia Racette hit a single to center field scoring England.
  Sixth seed in this tournament Liberty finishes the season with an overall record of 5-8 and 4-3 in league play. Third seed Rondout ups their record to 13-4 overall and 10-3 in league play and was scheduled to play yesterday.
  Winning pitcher Tori Decker recorded eight strikeouts while Liberty's pitcher Katy Decker had two strikeouts.

  Mackenzie Fischer led the Ganders offense with three hits.
  Madison Johnstone and Olivia Racette had two hits each for Liberty.

  Liberty coach Matt Stoddard had high praise for Rondout pitcher Tori Decker saying, "we have to give their pitcher credit and she mixed her pitches well showing a good fast ball and a good drop ball."
  Rondout coach Rob Fischer also complemented his pitcher saying "she's been strong for us all year and did an outstanding job today."
  "That first inning home run really got us off to a fast start," Fischer added.

  Tori Decker when asked what her strong pitch was in this game said, "my drop pitch worked very well for me today and I relied on it throughout the game."                                       


Liberty's Kelsey Morgans fouls off a pitch in the Indians 8-1 loss to Rondout Valley in Tuesday's Section 9 Class B softball quarterfinal at Accord.

Strong pitching by Rondout Valley's Tori Decker silenced Liberty's bats in the Ganders 8-1 Section 9 Class B softball quarterfinal win Tuesday at Accord.


Liberty varsity softball coach Matt Stoddard, right,  offers congratulations to Rondout Valley coach Rob Fischer following the Ganders 8-1 Section 9 Class B softball quarterfinal win Tuesday at Accord.






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