Class B Champions: Ichabod Crane crushes the competition


VALATIE, NY (NEWS10) –Following a dominating 12-0 victory over Chenango Valley in Saturday’s Class B state title game, Ichabod Crane’s softball team has won three of the last five state titles. But no team has set the bar as high as this year’s group.

When asked if she had ever been in a group like this, head coach Tracy Nytransky simply replied, “I haven’t. I said to someone the other day, it’s just something unheard of.

The Riders approached a .500 team batting average, outscoring opponents 407-13 in 25 games during their undefeated season. “The thing with this team, from one to nine, nobody is easy,” Nytransky said.

Sophomore Makayla Walsh added: “Our lineup is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. It’s blow after blow after blow after blow.

It’s the kind of production that makes a first-year pitcher’s life a little easier. Rookie Kari Graziano won both the semifinal and state final for the Riders. “It’s so great when you throw, because you get all those runs and you can have confidence in the circle,” Graziano said.

They didn’t stop the offensive onslaught in the state tournament, handing out clemency rules in both the state semifinals and state finals, a level of dominance they didn’t even have. unforeseen. “Today when I went to school all the teachers were like, ‘I can’t believe you’re merciful, blah blah blah’,” said senior first baseman Clare Knapp. “It’s not installed yet, but it’s really just an insane factor.”

But even if the parties were shortened, the emotion was not lacking. “I’m definitely still in the clouds right now,” said junior shortstop Emma Scheitinger. “I had such a rush of emotions that hit me all of a sudden”

The team even joked about entering as a travel team. So what does the coach think? “I think we would do very well,” Nytransky said. “I’ll think about it, maybe if all these guys decide to get together.”


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