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Burnt Hills wins twelve-inning marathon against Troy, 2-1 – Saratogian

TROY, NY – On Wednesday, April 6, Burnt Hills won a twelve-inning softball game against Troy, with both starting pitchers locked in a duel for the entire game.

In the top of the twelfth inning Carlianna Ewing was placed on second base as a ‘ghost runner’. Sophia Commisso put down a sacrifice bunt, getting Ewing to third. Danielle DeBonis then put down a bunt single, driving in the go-ahead run.

Katie Rhodes, Burnt Hills’ sophomore pitcher, was able to shut down Troy in the bottom of the twelfth to clinch the 2-1 victory.

Kierra Larango was placed on second base to start the 12th for Troy and was sacrificed to third base. Rhodes forced a lineout and groundout to end the game, stranding Larango at third.

Olivia Ashline was responsible for Troy’s run, with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Rhodes did not allow the Flying Horses to score after that, over the next eleven innings.

Cianna Benamati hit a solo home run in the top of the second to tie the game up, 1-1, for Burnt Hills. That was the last run of the game until the top of the twelfth.

In the win for the Spartans, Rhodes pitched all 12 innings and allowed one run, four hits and three walks, while striking out eleven batters on 150 pitches.

In the loss for Troy, Olivia Decitise pitched 12 innings and allowed two runs – one earned – on five hits and ten walks. The ‘ghost-runner’ scoring is not an earned run.

Decitise struck out 27 batters in the game, which ties second place for the NYSPHSAA record for strikeouts in a single game. Jasmine Ennabe (Carmel) still holds the state record with 28 strikeouts on May 3, 2014. Chelsea Hawks (Shoreham Wading River) had 27 strikeouts on May 10, 2013. Both games Ennabe and Hawks pitched were 13 innings.

Decitise broke the Section 2 record for strikeouts in a game, with the previous record being held by Rebecca Smith (Albany Academy), who had 25 on May 16, 2012.

On Wednesday, the Troy junior pitcher was consistently working out of jams. Out of her 12 innings, she only had three 1-2-3 innings. She struck out the side six times while working in and out of trouble, while throwing 212 pitches.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Decitise doubled to lead off. After that, Rhodes retired the next 15 Troy hitters in a row. That was only interrupted by an error in the bottom of the eleventh.

The ‘ghost-runners’ first started being inserted in the eleventh inning, during the twelve-inning contest. The special runner, Gianna Barringer, started on second base. An error by Rhodes and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with no outs for Troy. Decitise then flew out to left field and Barringer was doubled off at third base. Kierra Larango popped out to second to end the inning, as Rhodes worked out of the jam.

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