Lady Vikings Close Out The Regular Season By Sweeping Another Doubleheader

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, May 5, 2002

Averill Park, N.Y., May 5, 2002 – Two more games, two more victories for Hudson Valley Community College's women's softball squad.

The Lady Vikings, ranked No. 7 in the nation among Division III junior colleges, extended their current winning streak to five games by sweeping a doubleheader against Monroe Community College this afternoon, 2-1 and 5-1.

With the wins, Hudson Valley finishes the regular season with a 28-7 record. Hudson Valley is 27-2 in NJCAA Division III Region III action, and the Lady Vikings captured the Mountain Valley Conference title with an unblemished 16-0 record.

In the first game against Monroe (26-10 overall, 16-4 Region III), Christyn Hamel's (Averill Park H.S.) solo home run in the bottom of the third, which put the Lady Vikings ahead, 2-1, proved to be the winning run. And her right arm was the clincher; she dashed Monroe's hopes for a come-from-behind win by throwing the final two-thirds of the seventh inning.

Monroe trailed, 2-1, and had a runner on first and second base when Hamel relieved Kelly Scott (Schuylerville H.S.) on the mound. There was one out and the Monroe batter had the advantage of a 3-0 count. Regardless, Hamel overpowered Monroe, quickly getting two shallow fly outs to end the game and earn a save. Her home run, which sailed over the fence in left-centerfield at Averill Park's Classie Lassie Softball Field, 224 feet beyond home plate, was Hudson Valley's first of the season. She also had a single.

Scott, meanwhile, tossed the first 6.1 innings, allowing just one run. The changeup specialist scattered five hits and struck out four batters. She also went 2-for-3 with a stolen base.

Hudson Valley's Kim Prior (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk H.S.) had an RBI single in the second inning, scoring Jill Fox (Bishop Maginn H.S.), who had reached on a single.

Hamel started and went the distance in the second contest, giving up just three hits and striking out three batters. Monroe's only run was unearned.

Hudson Valley was down, 1-0, when the bottom of the fifth inning began. By the end of the frame, thanks to five hits, the Lady Vikings led, 4-1. They sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth. Hudson Valley also tacked on one more run in the sixth to post the 5-1 victory.

Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn H.S.) and Kimberly Welcome (Cohoes H.S.) each had a pair of hits in game two. Bradt had a triple, two RBI and she scored a run; Welcome had the game-winning RBI. Catcher Sarah Truax (Shenendehowa H.S.) belted a two-run single.

Truax also was part of a stellar defensive play. In the fourth inning, with Monroe threatening to score, Truax handled a laser from centerfield Kiah Narotski (Hoosick Falls H.S.) and nailed a Monroe runner at the plate. Leftfielder Kim Etman (Berlin H.S.) made a pretty shoestring grab in the sixth, keeping Monroe's speedy leadoff batter off the base paths.

Hudson Valley will participate in the NJCAA Division III Region III tournament, which begins on Tuesday. The winner of the tourney advances to the national championship tournament. The Lady Vikings have now won 25 of their last 27 games.

Hudson Valley 2, Monroe 1

                           1     2     3     4     5     6     7     r     h     e
Monroe               0     0     0     0     0     1     0    1     5     0
Hudson Valley     0     1     1     0     0     0     --   2     7     2
Barnhart and Marshall; Scott, Hamel (7) and Truax.

Hudson Valley 5, Monroe 1

                           1     2     3     4     5     6     7     r     h     e
Monroe               0     1     0     0     0     0     0    1     3     2
Hudson Valley     0     0     0     0     4     1     --   5    10    3
Smith, Luedke (5), Starkweather (6) and Marshall; Hamel and Truax.