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May 2, 2013

Yellowjackets end skid against Windsor, 2-0


That eight-game winning streak Windsor’s powerful softball program had over Oneonta High … well, forget it.

Sophomore Brieanna Baker struck out 11 and walked one in a four-hitter and Shelby Cleaveland had two hits to lead the visiting Yellowjackets to a 2-0 Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory Wednesday.

“It seemed like from the beginning of the game, the momentum was with us,” Oneonta coach Randy Brockway said. “The girls were pumped up and positive with each other. We went out and wanted to play and did all the things we needed to get a win.”

OHS (9-1, 8-1) handed two-time defending Section Four Class B champion Windsor (10-1) its first loss of the season. It also marked the Yellowjackets’ first win over the Black Knights since a 2-1 win April 29, 2009.

Windsor’s string of eight straight wins over Oneonta included a 1-0 victory at OHS earlier this season.

Oneonta finally broke through against Windsor’s Morgan Starley in the second inning. Starley shut out OHS the last three times the teams have played, but Brianna Haines started Oneonta’s fourth with a single to left-center.

Cleaveland then singled up the middle to send Haines to second. After Amy Hait bunt resulted in a force-out of Haines at third, Cleaveland stole third and scored when catcher Allison Lockwood’s throw went into left field.

“Shelby got a great jump at second and slid in time,” Brockway said. “We’ve been preaching aggressive base-running.”

The Yellowjackets doubled their lead in the fourth inning.

Haines and Cleaveland drew one-out walks. Amy Hait followed with a single to right-center that scored Haines to make it 2-0.

“The first time we played Windsor we weren’t very patient,” Brockway said. “We were swinging at balls that weren’t strong pitches for us. Today we showed more patience and had better at-bats for seven innings.”

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