Championship Saturday Recap: Softball

We take a look back at Saturday's high school state softball championships.

There were three state title games at Castleton University, and all three were decided by one run.

In the opener, Oxbow, in a pitchers duel, edged BFA-Fairfax 2-1 to win the Division Three championship. Olympians junior pitcher Madison Fornwalt struck out 15. Fairfax freshman Taylor Mitchell fanned 11, but after Oxbow scored twice in the bottom of the first and the Bullets answered with a run in the second, no one would cross the plate again on the day as the Olympians claimed a second straight state crown.

The second game of the day saw a much-anticipated showdown as Essex and Mount Anthony met in the Division One title game for the third year in a row. Tied at one in the fifth, Essex senior Makenna Thorne had the big hit of the game, a towering solo home run. The Hornets added an insurance run in the sixth, and needed it when Mount Anthony scored with two outs in the top of the seventh to make it a one run game, but junior pitcher Caitlin Toth secured the final out and locked up a second D-1 state championship for the Hornets in the past three years.

The final game of triple header was a wild matchup for the Division Four championship between Whitchester and Proctor. The teams combined for nine runs in the first inning with Whitchester, the top seed, building a 6-3 lead. It was 7-4 in the fifth when Proctor would rally for three runs to tie the game at seven. It stay tied until the bottom of the seventh when, with two outs, Whitchester freshman Toni Turner came up with the hit of the day, a line drive up the middle, to drive home the winning run as Whitchester walks off with an 8-7 win. The two schools that make up Whitchester, Whitcomb and Rochester, are closing their doors this month, but they are going out on top with a D-4 title.