Lady Vikings Will Play For The Title

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 10, 2002

Hamel Gets Win, Save And Hits Two HRs; Truax Contributes Six Hits

Corning, N.Y., May 10, 2002 – The Lady Vikings earned a spot in Saturday's National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Region III championship game by capturing a pair of tournament contests today. In an 11:30 a.m. game, Hudson Valley Community College's softball team used a big sixth inning to defeat Alfred State College, 10-2. Hudson Valley then got two home runs from Christyn Hamel (Averill Park H.S.) to power past Monroe Community College, 9-6, at 2 p.m.

Hudson Valley, 31-7 overall and ranked fifth in the nation among Division III junior colleges, is playing in the four-team Region III tournament for a berth in the Division III national championship tourney, which begins May 16 in Joliet, Illinois.

The game against Alfred was close until the bottom of the sixth, when the Lady Vikings sent 11 batters to the plate, pounding out five hits and scoring seven runs to capture a 10-2 victory. Due to an eight-run mercy rule, the seventh inning was not played.

A First Team All-Region III pitcher this season, Hamel went the distance on the mound, scattering six hits and striking out five batters to advance her record to 12-2.

Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn H.S.) scored the winning run against Alfred, racing home in the bottom of the fourth on an errant throw. Meg Davis (Greenwich H.S.) started the sixth-inning explosion by leading off with a bunt single and catcher Sarah Truax (Shenendehowa H.S.) finished the game with two hits and two runs.

Kelly Scott (Schuylerville H.S.) got the start against Monroe, the No. 6 Division III junior college in the nation, and she helped herself with her bat. With the game tied, 5-5, in the bottom of the fifth, Scott slapped a two-run single, scoring Truax and Casey Brinkman (Troy H.S.). That single, which put the Lady Vikings ahead, 7-5, proved to be the game-winning hit. Scott pitched six innings, striking out two batters and allowing just five hits to pick up the win.

Hamel, meanwhile, connected for her second and third home runs of the season. She hit a three-run shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the first inning and she blasted a two-run homer over the centerfield fence in the sixth, providing insurance runs. Additionally, Hamel tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn a save.

Truax had two RBI and went 4-for-4 against Monroe, giving her six hits on the day. Kiah Narotski (Hoosick Falls H.S.) had a double.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Lady Vikings will play for the Region III title, at Holding Point in Corning. That game will be against the winner of a Saturday morning game between Monroe and Adirondack Community College. Since the Region III tourney is a double-elimination event and Hudson Valley is only remaining undefeated club, the Lady Vikings will get two shots at the title. Should they lose at 2 p.m., they will play again for the crown at 3:30 p.m.

If Hudson Valley, which has now won eight games in a row, wins either game on Saturday, it is the 2002 Region III champion, and automatically qualifies for the Division III national championship.