The Daily Star
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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.”
Brockway added his team had a standout day in the field as well.
In the second inning, first baseman Haines made a diving catch on a popup in four territory.
Two innings later, Windsor’s Paige Rauch drew a leadoff walk against Baker. The next batter bunted, but Baker made a diving shoestring catch and doubled Rauch off of first.
Then in the sixth inning, with a runner on and one out, Windsor’s Alexa Cary hit a liner down the right field line that Emmalee Sloman gloved.
“It was a screamer down the right-field line,” Brockway said. “It was only fair by a couple of feet, but Emmalee made a fantastic catch with her arms stretched out.”
Added Brockway: “I think our defense has proven itself again. We’re making plays. We’re making routine plays and today we made some great plays against a very good Windsor team.”
Brockway said Baker seemed fresh Wednesday. The sophomore hadn’t thrown in three days.
“She was just feeling well and her curveball and rise ball were working well,” he said. “She hit her spots and kept Windsor hitters off balance.”
Cleaveland has had two hits against Starley in both meetings against the Black Knights this season.
The Yellowjackets, who are tied atop the East Division standings with Windsor, will host Owego today.
Cooperstown 12, MM 1
Nicole Cring struck out 15 and walked one in a one-hitter that led Cooperstown to a road victory in the Center State Conference.
Cring took a perfect game into the fifth before walking a batter, then had her no-hit erased when Sarah Mondore led off the last of the seventh with an infield single. Mondore moved to second on Cooperstown’s only error and scored on two wild pitches.
Cring (9-0) also went 2-for-2 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs for the Hawkeyes (10-0, 7-0), who also received two hits from Catherine Borgstrom.
Maggie Hall also homered for Cooperstown, which hosts Hamilton on Friday. Hall has six homers this season, two more than Cring.
Edmeston 10, SS 8
Sydney Smith hit an RBI single and Brianna Dunham had an RBI groundout during a two-run sixth inning that lifted host Edmeston to a non-league victory.
With the score tied at 8, Sarah Lawrence started Edmeston’s sixth with a single. She then stole second and scored on Smith’s single. Later in the inning, Dunham groundout made it 10-8.
Dana Eschler went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Katlin Talbot and Lawrence had two hits apiece. Talbot finished with two RBIs and Lawrence had one RBI.
Edmeston (11-1, 9-1) will travel to Unadilla Valley today.
Milford 16, CV-S 4
Natasha Skillen had three hits and three RBIs, and Addy Lawson had three hits and one RBI to lead unbeaten Milford to a home victory in the Tri-Valley League.
Amanda Fish and Kaley contributed two hits apiece for Milford (9-0, 9-0), which will play Hunter-Tannersville at 11 a.m. Saturday in a first-round game of the Milford Booster Club Tournament. Laurens and Roxbury are also in the tournament.
Kylie Graham had three hits for Cherry Valley-Springfield.
G-MU 6, Morris 3
Kelsey Ross went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to lead host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton to a Tri-Valley League win.
Whitney Gilbert also went 3-for-4 and scored for the Raiders, who received six strikeouts and two walks in a five-hitter from Marissa Mehlrose.
Alexis Joy went 2-for-3 with two runs for Morris, which received two hits and a run from Kaylyn Oliver.
Sidney 5, Harpursville 2
Nicole Smith had a double and a triple as part of a 4-for-4 game as visiting Sidney won in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
The Warriors entered the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at 2. Karissa Lambrecht followed a Joleen Krom leadoff double with an RBI double to five Sidney a 3-2 lead.
Lambrecht was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.
Kailyn Gravel struck out 13 and walked four, giving up two hits and two earned runs, for the Warriors (6-4, 6-3) who host Greene on Friday.
Afton 10, Deposit 1
Cassidy Phillips struck out nine and walked two in a five-hitter as host Afton thumped two-time defending Section Four Class D champion Deposit in the MAC.
Afton extended its lead to 6-0 by scoring five times off Justina Ellis with two out in the fourth inning. Sam Rogalski hit a two-run triple in the fourth en route to a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs.
Ashley Rogalski (three RBIs) and Phillips had two hits apiece for the Crimson Knights (12-1, 9-0), who received two RBIs from Payton Cutting.
Afton hosts Bainbridge-Guilford on Friday in its regular-season finale.
Unatego 9, UV 4
Torri Halaquist finished with three hits and Cassidy Newman had two for Unatego, which won a MAC game on the road.
The Spartans had eight of their 12 hits in the first inning, when they jumped to an 8-0 lead. Keannna Speenburgh homered for Unatego, which held a 9-1 lead after two innings.
Jennifer Elliott and Megan Gould each had two hits for Unadilla Valley, which received three runs from Jordan Anderson.