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July 3, 2009

In a class by herself

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The victory represented Oneonta's first in sectional play since 1997 _ when the Jackets earned a 5-4 quarterfinal win over Maine-Endwell _ and second overall.

Harlem's batterymate, sophomore Erin Wolstenholme, doubled and scored twice, and sophomore Sienna Wisse had an RBI double against the Sabers.

"That was really big," said Brockway, whose team was led by Daily Star first-teamers Harlem, Wolstenholme and Katie Bredin, a junior shortstop. "SV has always been elusive for us. They've had some great teams and a lot of past history there. For us to go in there and shut them down was a huge accomplishment."

If the step OHS took this season was surprising, success might be expected next season.

The Yellowjackets' lineup against SV included two seniors _ twin sisters Bridgette and Andrea Aikens, who played center field and first base, respectively. Juniors Harlem, Bredin and second baseman Kaitlyn O'Connor; sophomores Wolstenholme and third baseman Wisse; freshman designated hitter Brianna Georgia; and eighth-graders Brianna Haines (right field) and Hayley Dower (center field) are all expected to return in 2010.

"We've put STAC in a position where its forced to be prepared and ready to play us," Brockway said. "Bridgette and Andrea helped us out for sure, but the girls' mentality has to be that we only lost two players and we still had two eighth-graders starting most games. We should be better next year."

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Rob Centorani can be reached at rcentorani@thedailystar.com or 607-432-1000, ext. 209.

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