The Daily Star
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Kaley Chase and Natasha Skillen hit two-run doubles during a seven-run fourth inning that carried visiting Milford to a 10-7 softball victory at Richfield Springs on Wednesday that clinched the Tri-Valley League East Division title for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats trailed, 6-1, entering the fourth.
In addition to the doubles by Chase and Skillen, Maddy Zenir, Addy Lawson and Marina Steele hit RBI singles in the fourth inning as the Wildcats took an 8-6 lead.
“Oh, my God, it was like the Fouth of July,” Milford coach Jim Weir said of his team’s fourth inning. “We just started ripping it. It was like something that was contagious. The kids gutted it out. They decided they weren’t going to be turned away.”
Richfield Springs (10-5, 10-3) needed a victory to force a tiebreaker.
The Indians started fast, scoring five times in the first inning, when Rebecca Smith hit a two-run double and Meghan Cantwell had an RBI single.
“We got the jump on them, but we lost traction halfway through,” RS coach Jay Lehmann said. “We gave it away on some bad base-running mistakes. We were overly aggressive running and made some mistakes that cost us.”
Winning pitcher Kaitlin VanWinkler struck out eight and overcame 12 walks.
Lawson, Kaley Chase and Maddy Zenir had three hits apiece for Milford (14-1, 12-1), which received two hits from Serena Chase.
The Wildcats will play West Division champion Edmeston at 5 p.m. Friday in the crossover final at Oneonta State. Milford is looking for its first league title since beating Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, 22-5, in the 2003 final. Edmeston’s last title came in 2007, when it beat Schenevus, 3-2, for the last of three straight championships.
Milford downed Edmeston, 4-3, during the season.
“It was a great ballgame,” Weir said.
Smith and Cantwell had two hits apiece for RS, which is off until sectionals start a week from today.
“It’s unfortunate we gave this one away,” Lehmann said, “but I’m really proud of the girls. This is the best season Richfield Springs has had in about two decades.”
Deposit 9, B-G 3
Megan Ferrara hit a two-run homer to left in the seventh inning, but host Bainbridge-Guilford lost in the Midstate Athletic Conference.
Deposit scored four runs in the first inning, when Kylie Papagelos doubled to lead off and later scored on a squeeze bunt by Kate Tiffany. Shelby Pettersen also had a sacrifice fly to center in the inning.
Haley Linkroum, Pettersen and Catherine Bush had two hits apiece for the Lumberjacks (14-3), who will host Morris today.
OHS wins coin flip
Oneonta High won a coin flip and would host a Southern Tier Athletic Conference East Division tiebreaker at 4:45 p.m. Friday against Windsor.
Before that happens, the Black Knights need to beat Norwich today.
OHS and Windsor each have one loss in conference, both coming against each other. Windsor beat visiting OHS, 1-0, in the first game and the Yellowjackets earned a 2-0 win in the second meeting.
The Yellowjackets (16-1) are 15-1 in STAC.
The winner of the tiebreaker will advance to the STAC semifinals and final Monday at the BAGSAI Complex in Nimmonsburg.
UV 14, Harpursville 2
Host Unadilla Valley scored five times in the third inning to take the lead for keeps in the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 tournament consolation game.
Brendan Brooker led off the Storm’s third with a triple. Dakota Kolvik had an RBI double and Brandon Kuhn hit an RBI single in the inning.
Winning pitcher Nate Shackelton struck out three, walked two and allowed one earned run over six innings. Shackelton also went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Brooker and Kolvik each finished with two hits for UV (8-9), which will travel to Norwich today.
Delaware League Championships
In an all-Windham final, Katie Exum defeated twin sister Tori Exum, 6-1, 6-4, to win the Delaware League girls single final at Windham.
A pair of Windham teams also met in the boys doubles final, with Eddie Moran and Joe Pelham downing Luke Rasmussen and David Saunders, 6-1, 6-4.
The girls doubles final was played at Andes, where Stephanie Panzola and Julia Adams of Stamford earned a 6-4, 7-5 win over Margaretville’s Rhiannon Kearns and Lindsay Day.
The Section Four Class C-D sectionals will start at 9 a.m. today at Bainbridge.
Brandon Simonds earned medalist honors with a 4-over-par 39 on the front side at Leatherstocking to lead Delhi to a 181-189 non-league victory over Cooperstown.
Joe Burgin contributed a 43 for the Bulldogs.
Teddy Trosset’s 45 paced Cooperstown.
Cooperstown’s boys and girls finished third Tuesday in the Center State Conference Division II Championships at Canastota.
Cooperstown’s boys finished with 97 points in a meet won by Sauquoit Valley with 141.
Mikey Boyle earned the lone win for Cooperstown’s boys, clearing 11 feet in the pole vault. Teammates Nick Fanion and Sean Mebust finished second and third, respectively. Fanion went over 10 feet and Mebust cleared 9-0, as did teammate Johnny Zhang, who finished sixth.
Cooperstown received runner-up finishes from Jacob Miller in the 100- and 200-meter races. Miller finished the 100 in 11.94 and the 200 in 23.90.
Zhang had a second-place finish in the triple jump, covering 38-5 ½.
Cooperstown’s girls had 88 points. SV won with 171.
Samantha Fanion and Katie Booan paced Cooperstown. Fanion won the 1,500 in 5:08.08 and Booan placed first in the discus with a throw of 88-1.
Cooperstown’s Kristin Ratliff placed second in the 100 and 400 hurdles. She finished in 17.13 in the 100 hurdles and 1:13.86 in the 400 hurdles.
Pole vaulter Liz Millea finished second for Cooperstown, clearing 7-6.