Hudson Valley Takes Two Out Of Three To Keep Hope Alive
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 210-4161
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 17, 2002
Wins Keep Lady Vikings In The Running For A National
Title, Guarantee That Hudson Valley Will Finish No
Lower Than Fourth In The Country
Joliet, Illinois, May 17, 2002 – Hudson Valley
Community College's softball team (34-8) played three
games today in the 2002 National Junior College
Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III championship tournament. Playing in Joliet, Illinois, where rainouts on Thursday forced a packed schedule today, the Lady Vikings won two out of three games to keep their chances of winning a national title alive.
At 9 a.m., Hudson Valley lost to Montana's Dawson
Community College, 8-0. Then, in a 1 p.m. game against
Nassau Community College, the Lady Vikings pounded the
ball for an 18-5 victory. Finally, in a 5 p.m.
contest, Hudson Valley rode Kelly Scott's
(Schuylerville H.S.) right arm to an 8-0 win over
Minnesota's Rochester Technical and Community College.
That victory propelled the Lady Vikings into the
"Final Four" of the national championship tournament.
Scott and Christyn Hamel (Averill Park H.S.) were
Hudson Valley's stars on the day. Scott went the
distance in the nightcap, shutting down Rochester with
a one-hitter and Hamel had a seven-hit day.
Against Dawson, Lindsey Bradt (Bishop Maginn H.S.) and
Jill Fox (Bishop Maginn H.S.) had Hudson Valley's only
"We ran into a buzz saw," said Chuck Sosnowski, Hudson
Valley's coach. "I'm still confident that we're one of
the top four teams out here -- Dawson just hit the
ball well. We'll be OK, though. We'll bounce back."
The Lady Vikings, competing in the national
championship tourney for the first time in Hudson
Valley's history, certainly did bounce back against
Nassau. On the strength of a seven-run second inning,
in which Hudson Valley sent 10 batters to the plate,
the Lady Vikings accumulated 17 hits in a game that
was shortened to five innings by an eight-run mercy
Trailing 3-2 at the start of the second frame,
centerfielder Kiah Narotski (Hoosick Falls H.S.) led
off with a single. Hudson Valley followed with five
more hits in the inning, including Fox's game-winning
two-run single. Casey Brinkman (Troy H.S.), who also
had an inside-the-park home run against Nassau, scored
the sixth and deciding run, racing home on Fox's hit.
Bradt and Hamel each had four hits on the game. Bradt
also scored four times while Hamel scored twice.
Hamel, a First Team All-Region III player, went the
distance on the mound, picking up her 14th victory and
striking out three batters.
"That's the way we're capable of playing," Sosnowski
said. "We hit the ball really well, and we're still in
this tournament. We came out here to win games."
Scott kept Rochester off the base paths in Hudson
Valley's third game of the day, striking out six
batters to record her 10th win of the season.
"Kelly Scott threw a gem," Sosnowski said. "That's the
best game I've seen her throw in her two years at
The Lady Vikings supported Scott with 12 hits and Kim
Welcome (Cohoes H.S.) plated Narotski with a single
(one of two she had in the game) in the bottom of the
fifth to put Hudson Valley ahead, 8-0, giving the Troy
college another mercy-rule victory.
Hamel had three hits, including a double, and three
runs batted in against Rochester. Catcher Sarah Truax (Shenendehowa H.S.) contributed a pair of hits.
The Lady Vikings, who play next at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, in a rematch against Dawson Community
College, can finish no worse than fourth now, and they
are still in contention to win the national title. The
"Final Four" teams are: Hudson Valley; Dawson; College
of DuPage(Illinois); and Brookdale Community College
of New Jersey.
While one loss on Saturday would end Hudson Valley's
season, four consecutive wins on Saturday would give
the school its first national softball crown. Should
Hudson Valley win its 10 a.m. game, the Lady Vikings
would then play again at noon. Additional games,
provided Hudson Valley continues to win, are scheduled
for 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
"We've got a shot," Sosnowski said. "We're playing
with a lot of momentum right now. My players are
excited to see what they can do."