The Princeton Lady Tigers, on a strength of a three-run uprising in the top of the fourth inning, defeated Gallatin 3-1 on the softball diamond of American Legion Field on Friday afternoon, leaving town with a pair of victories in a three-team softball jamboree.
Princeton opened the scoring on a very odd play, with a Faith Siemer bunt resulting in a tag-out of the Lady Tiger trying to score. With Siemer rounding first base, an errant throw went into center field, with nobody backing up the play, Siemer rounded the bases. Later in the inning, an Emma Walkup triple scored a run, followed by a Riley Clark RBI single. Gallatin was held to one run in the bottom of the 4th.
In Princeton’s nightcap, the Lady Tigers put five runs on the board, with timely hitting and a handful of Milan errors giving PHS five runs. The host Lady ‘Cats put a pair of runs on the board, but fell 5-2.
While Gallatin did fall to Princeton, the Lady Bulldogs got some less-experienced players some time in that contest, as did the Lady Tigers. Going to the strength of what should be a strong roster in 2023, in their opening game Gallatin scored two runs in the 1st and added two in the 3rd to shut out Milan 4-0.
Here is Princeton head coach Mike Schmidli with KTTN Sports Director Tom Johnson:
Princeton, along with Gallatin, will open the season on Saturday, August 26th, playing at the Bill Hill Tournament in Albany.
Gallatin had a resurgence of success in its girls basketball and softball programs in 2022, and with most of that talent returning, the Lady Bulldogs are hopeful of challenging the likes of South Harrison, Polo, and Trenton for conference championships this fall.
The Lady Bulldogs head coach is Penny Gardner:
Milan alumna Kyley Doak is in her second year as head coach of the Lady Wildcats: