BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — Here are five things to know for today about Shenendehowa athletics:
1: With a 9-8 win Thursday against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, the Shenendehowa girls lacrosse squad should be the No. 1 seed in the Section II Class A postseason draw. In the victory, Rachael Picchi scored five goals, Katie Kerner had a goal and four assists, and goalie Lexi Keen made 12 saves.
2: The Shenendehowa baseball squad was tested Thursday — and it passed. Against a plucky Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake team, the Plainsmen scored the game’s final four runs to pull away for a 6-2 win. In the victory, Richard Drum blasted a two-run home run, Andrew Pedone went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and Nik Malachowski pitched three scoreless innings of relief.
3: In a game shortened to five innings, the Shenendehowa softball squad collected a 22-1 victory against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Kelly Barkevich and Nicole McCarvill each homered in the win, while Barkevich added two doubles and McCarvill had two singles. Taryn Marra and Sadie Evans each added multiple hits and scored three runs apiece.
4: Liam Cannon, Dakota Rainville, Peter Russo, and Matt Stucchi all scored twice in the Shenendehowa boys lacrosse team’s 9-6 win Thursday against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Anthony Tebbano made 14 saves in the win.
5: The first-ever Shen Invitational is today. More than 20 teams will compete at the event, which the Shenendehowa track and field teams are playing host to starting at 4 p.m.
(Home games at high school, unless otherwise noted)
4 p.m.: Boys track and field hosts invitational
4 p.m.: Girls track and field hosts invitational
4 p.m.: Boys tennis hosts Doane Stuart
7 p.m.: Baseball hosts Troy, at Joe Bruno Stadium
11 a.m.: Boys lacrosse at Saratoga Springs
4:15 p.m.: Baseball at Saratoga Springs
4:15 p.m.: Softball hosts Saratoga Springs
4:15 p.m.: Unified basketball at Schenectady
4:15 p.m.: Boys track and field hosts Guilderland
7:30 p.m.: Girls lacrosse at Niskayuna
8 p.m.: Boys lacrosse hosts Niskayuna
4:15 p.m.: Baseball at Niskayuna
4:15 p.m.: Girls track at Bethlehem
7 p.m.: Softball hosts Niskayuna, at Clifton Common
4:15 p.m.: Baseball hosts Shaker
4:15 p.m.: Softball hosts Shaker
4:15 p.m.: Unified basketball hosts Bethlehem
7:30 p.m.: Girls lacrosse hosts Shaker
For updates about today’s and this weekend’s action, follow Michael Kelly on Twitter: @ByMichaelKelly