Lady Vikings Earn Split With Number-Three Team In The Nation

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, April 29, 2001

Jackson's Two-Hitter Leads Way In Opening Game

April 29, Averill Park – Hudson Valley Community College's softball team, ranked ninth in the nation among NJCAA Division III squads, earned a split with Broome Community College this afternoon. The Lady Vikings the first game of a doubleheader, played at the Classie Lassie field in Averill Park due to construction at Hudson Valley, 4-0. Broome, ranked third in the nation, won the second game, 13-5.

Hudson Valley, under the direction of first-year head coach Chuck Sosnowski, is now 13-5. Broome is 26-2.

Game One: Hudson Valley 4 Broome 0

                                   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     runs     hits     errors
BROOME                  0      0     0     0     0     0     0     0         2         0
HUDSON VALLEY  0      3      0    0     0     1     X     4         8         1
Springsteen and Haacker; Jackson and Anthony.

It was all about Angela Jackson (Colonie) in the opening game. After giving up back-to-back singles in the top of the first inning, the undefeated right-hander handcuffed Broome's batters. Now 10-0, Jackson went the distance, throwing her second two-hitter of the season (she also has tossed a no-hitter and a one-hitter) and helping Hudson Valley's Lady Vikings to a 4-0 victory. The loss was just the second of the year for Broome.

Jackson, a sophomore who picked up five strikeouts in seven innings, also accounted for much of Hudson Valley's offense. In the second frame, when the Lady Vikings sent seven hitters to the plate, she ripped a one-out line drive past Broome's left fielder. Two runners crossed the plate on the hit, which was scored a single, and Jackson reached third. She then came home on Hannah Bouplon's (Hoosick Falls) slap single. In the sixth inning, Jackson drove Kiah Narotski (Hoosick Falls) in with a single to right field.

On the game, Jackson was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in. Narotski had a single, a double, and scored twice. Catcher Tara Anthony (Troy) had a leadoff double to start Hudson Valley's big second inning.

Game Two: Broome 13, Hudson Valley 5

                                   1     2     3     4     5     6     7     runs     hits     errors
BROOME                  2     0     2     3     3     2     1     13         12         2
HUDSON VALLEY  0     0     0     5     0     0     0     5           10         4
Creveling, Springsteen (4) and Haacker; Scott, Jackson (4) and Anthony.

Hudson Valley came up short in game two, but not before giving Broome a scare with a fourth-inning rally. After falling behind 7-0, the Lady Vikings racked up five hits and five runs in the fourth, pulling to within two runs.

Hudson Valley's Kim Liney (Newburgh) led off the frame by reaching on an error. She then went to third on Kiah Narotski's (Hoosick Falls) one-out single, which was misplayed by Broome's left fielder. Rachel Richards (Averill Park) knocked Liney home when Broome's second baseman bobbled her grounder, and Angela Jackson (Colonie) drove Narotski in with a line-drive single. Hannah Bouplon (Hoosick Falls) loaded the bases with a bunt single and Dana Halloran (Catholic Central) followed that up with a two-run double over the third-base bag. Halloran scored on a wild pitch with Sharee Diechman (Albany) at the plate.

Diechman, Jackson and Halloran finished with two hits each.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.