Leading off today:
K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K K.
That sums up Arielle Kranbuhl's performance on the softball diamond Thursday. The Adirondack ace struck out 27 batters in a 4-2 victory over host Cooperstown in 14 innings.
The strikeout total is No. 2 in NYSPHSAA history to the 28 by Jasmine Ennabe of Carmel in a 13-inning contest in 2014. Chelsea Hawks of Shoreham-Wading River fanned 27 in another 13-inning game in 2013.
"(Arielle) was dialed in tonight," Adirondack coach Americo Ventiquattro told Syracuse.com. "She threw seven innings last night and was a little bit off. She knew she had to be pretty much perfect and keep runners off base. She had this one circled on the calendar."
Kranbuhl and Cooperstown's Maria Noto threw dueling shutouts through seven innings. Adirondack took one-run leads in the 10th and 12 innings only to see the Hawkeyes tie to extend the contest. In the 14th, Stevissa Nellenback singled and Courtney Irvin hit a sacrifice fly to drive home a run apiece.
Kranbuhl finished with a two-hitter, allowing a walk and two unearned runs. Noto surrendered five hits and no walks while finishing with 18 strikeouts.
Adirondack is ranked 13th in the state Class B rankings. Cooperstown is rated 10th in Class C.
More pitching mastery: Rochester Bishop Kearney freshmen Emily Phelan threw her second perfect game of the season as the Kings defeated Northstar Christian 8-0 in the first game of a Wednesday doubleheader.
Phelan struck out 12 and also went 2-for-2 at the plate.
Phelan, a third-year varsity player, opened her season with a perfect game against C.G. Finney.
Big round number: Northwestern-bound midfielder Jillian Girardi reached 400 career points in Watertown's 15-7 girls lacrosse win over Carthage.
Girardi scored five goals and added three assists, bringing her totals to 254 goals and 401 points in five varsity seasons. She has 74 goals and 23 assists this season.
"She's playing at another level," Watertown coach Tim Burr said.
Dial it down a notch, coach: High school basketball referees will have a new tool at their disposal next season to turn down the heat without penalizing a team with technicals and free throws.
Meeting in Indianapolis last month, the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Committee approved a rule allowing referees to stop a game to issue an official warning to the head coach for behavior serious enough to cause concern but not egregious enough to merit a technical foul.
The warning for misconduct by the coach or other bench personnel will be recorded in the scorebook.
"Stopping play and making sure that the bench and the coach know that an official warning has been given sends a clear message to everyone in the gym and impacts the behavior of the coach, and in some cases the behavior of the opposing coach," said Theresia Wynns, NFHS liaison to the basketball committee, said in a statement. "This change in behavior creates a better atmosphere and, many times, avoids the need to administer a technical foul."