Sunday, May 19, 2024

Cardinal Clips: Issue 6

First-year infielder Sara Isaacs prepares to run to second base at Cardinal Park April 2.


By Collin Bolebruch

Cardinal Clips is a bite-sized look at Plattsburgh State Athletics and its programs.



Plattsburgh State track and field opened its outdoor season last weekend, competing in the Saints Ice Breaker, hosted by St. Lawrence March 30. The men’s team placed second of six teams, behind just St. Lawrence and women’s finished first. 

Other participating teams included Potsdam, Mohawk Valley Community College, Herkimer County Community College and CU Track & Field.

Brexton Montville highlighted the day, winning both the men’s 100-meter, at 10.95 seconds, and 200-meter dash, at 22.22 seconds. His 100-meter time was AARTFC-qualifying. Jordan Williams finished second, at 11.06 seconds.

Noah Bonesteel finished second in the 1500-meter run, with a time of 4:02.29. Graham Richard was the next to finish, at 4:09.94.

Isaiah Ritter earned a silver finish in the long jump, leaping 6.31 meters. Julius James finished third at 6.29 meters.

Deanna Zoch placed second in the women’s 100-meter dash, finishing in 13.34 seconds.

Morgan Thompson was second across the line in the 200-meter dash, at 28.17.

Grace Estus won the 400-meter dash at 1:05.70.

Hockey player-turned runner Grace Yarkosky won the 1500-meter run in her first meet, with a time of 4:59.11. Marissa Colvin wasn’t far behind at second, finishing at 5:02.59

Mikayla Khadijah finished a close second in the 100-meter hurdles, at 18:34, compared to first place’s 18.28.

Rebecca Christie won the high jump, with a recorded 1.43 meters in the air.

Plattsburgh finished first and second in the long jump, as Michaela Schaffer recorded 4.78 meters and Marissa LeDuc 4.73 meters. Schaffer also won the triple jump as the only finisher, jumping 10.16 meters. LeDuc finished third in shot put, throwing 9.72 meters.

Katie Rachwal won discus throw, recording a throw of 31.52 meters. Taygin jump won both hammer throw, at 34.14 meters and javelin throw at 29.23 meters. Bliss Rhoads came second in javelin throw at 28.38 meters.

Plattsburgh next competes in the Pioneer Spring Invite, hosted by Utica College at noon tomorrow, April 6.



Plattsburgh State softball (5-7) finished this past week 3-1 across two doubleheaders — splitting at Skidmore 5-4 and 3-10 March 30, then sweeping Canton 16-0 and 12-4 at home April 2.

In the first game against Skidmore, the Cardinals and starting pitcher Julia Golino put up two scoreless innings, before allowing a run in the third. The Cards took a commanding lead in the fourth, scoring all five runs in succession.

In game two, Plattsburgh fell into a hole early. The Cards allowed a run in each of the first three innings. It crept back in the fourth, scoring three runs to pull within one, but ultimately allowed three more in the bottom of the inning and failed to answer.

The Cardinals immediately sent a message to the Kangaroos in the 2024 Cardinal Park opener, scoring five runs in the first inning, completely on singles or walks. Plattsburgh never took the foot off the gas, including six runs in the fourth. The game ended in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Golino pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three runs and striking out nine. Sara Isaacs went 3-4, scoring three runs and three RBIs. Dolly Garguilo recorded two hits and two RBIs.

In the second game, Plattsburgh sent Canton home with eight runs in the first two innings. The finale also ended early, in the top of the seventh.

Golino hit the team’s first home run of the season, sending the ball over the fence in the second inning with two runners on base. She finished with two hits and five RBIs. Isaacs also hit two, while batting in three.

Plattsburgh’s next series, at home against Potsdam in the conference opener, has been rescheduled from Saturday, April 6, to Wednesday, April 10.



Plattsburgh State baseball (12-7, 0-3) opened its conference season last weekend, dropping three games at Cortland, 3-6 March 29 and 1-12 and 0-3 March 30. It then traveled to Clarkson, where it won 12-10 April 2. Its April 3 home opener against St. Lawrence has been postponed to an undetermined date.

In game one against Cortland, Plattsburgh fell 0-6 in the first eight innings before scoring three runs in the ninth. Joey Di Rocco scored Plattsburgh’s first runs as he doubled at the top of the inning, bringing home a runner.

Game two the next day looked much the same, as the Cardinals went on a 0-12 scoring stretch through the first six innings. Plattsburgh scored a run in the seventh, and as the side retired, the game was called.

The Cardinals looked much better defensively in game three, as each of the Red Dragon’s three runs came in different innings. Pitcher Andrew Veit threw 6.1 innings, allowing two runs and striking out six across 26 batters.

The offense was a different story, as Plattsburgh recorded only two hits. Thirteen Cardinal batters were struck out.

Plattsburgh turned things around in non-conference action against Clarkson. The Cardinals opened the game 3-0 in the first inning. The Golden Knights crept back, cutting into the lead, 3-4, headed into the fourth. From there, Plattsburgh went on a six-run stretch and never looked back. Two scoreless innings to end the game secured the win.

The Cards faced six different pitchers across the span of the game. Four Cardinals scored two RBIs and the team recorded 16 hits.

Plattsburgh’s game against Oswego April 5, the would-be home opener and conference opener, has

been postponed.

The Cards next chance at the home opener is a doubleheader against Oswego tentatively scheduled for 12 p.m., April 6.


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