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April 18, 2013

Yellowjackets pitcher Baker strikes again

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Two starts into the season and Oneonta High sophomore Brieanna Baker has yet to allow a run while compiling 31 strikeouts.

Baker struck out 15 and walked one in a two-hitter Wednesday in leading the Yellowjackets to a 7-0 Southern Tier Athletic Conference softball victory at Seton Catholic Central.

In Oneonta’s 7-0 season-opening win over Johnson City on April 8, Baker had 16 strikeouts in a one-hitter.

“In my mind, it came down to preseason preparation,” OHS coach Randy Brockway said of Baker’s start to the season. “She went into the season with confidence. Control is not an issue and she’s keeping good hitters off balance. I think Erin Mushtare is complementing her well behind the plate.”

Added Brockway: “Her velocity is up there in numbers. Most batters aren’t catching up to (her fastball), yet.”

Samantha Stento broke up Baker’s no-hit bid with a two-out single to right-center in the fourth inning.

The Yellowjackets (2-0, 2-0) opened the scoring in the first inning, when Cami Cleaveland reached on an error, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice by Hayley Dower and scored on Mushtare’s infield single to first.

Oneonta expanded its lead to 3-0 by scoring twice in the sixth inning. Dower led off with a double and scored on Mushtare’s triple to right-center. Mushtare scored on Emmalee Sloman’s squeeze bunt.

Mushtare finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Cleaveland went 2-for-4 with two runs.

“I think we came into the season with confidence,” said Brockway, whose team went 14-7 last season. “We’re carrying nine seniors. We’re meeting our expectations, but we have a long ways to go. We’re certainly happy with the results, but I’m still thinking our best games are yet to come.”

The Yellowjackets figure to get a good gauge today when they host a Windsor squad that advanced to the Class B state semifinals a season ago. OHS and Windsor shared the STAC East Division crown a season ago, with the Black Knights advancing to the STAC playoffs with a 3-0 win in a tiebreaker.

“I think there’s a lot of pride on the line,” Brockway said. “I expect a close game and a battle. It’s starting to be a little rivalry with us. I think both teams want to be on top and it’ll be a dogfight.”

Oneonta 7, Seton CC 0

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Brieanna Baker (W,2-0) and Erin Mushtare. Loughlin (L) and Samantha Stento. 2B: Hayley Dower (O). 3B: Erin Mushtare (O).

Cooperstown 14, Hamilton 1

It’s likely Maggie Hall will remember her 17th birthday for many years to come.

Hall homered twice, went 4-for-4, reached base in all six plate appearances and drove in six runs to lead visiting Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory.

Hall, a junior, homered in the fifth inning and hit a three-run shot in the sixth inning. Both shots went over the fence in left.

“The second one was really a shot,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said.

Nicole Cring contributed two hits and struck out 11 in a three-hitter.

“We hit the ball really well tonight and played well defensively,” Bliss said.

After Hamilton scored in the first inning, Jennifer Flynn (2-for-4 with three RBIs) and Hall hit RBI singles in the second inning to give Cooperstown the lead for keeps at 2-1.

Hamilton has won three straight Section Four Class D titles, but the Emerald Knights’ top pitcher, sophomore Becca Rogers, was not in the circle. Bliss said Rogers has a shoulder injury. Rogers played second base.

Christina Noto also had two hits for Cooperstown (3-0, 2-0), which will play two games in Mudville on Saturday.

Cooperstown 14, Hamilton 1

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Nicole Cring (W) and Erin Hascup. Cyndee Wendt (L), Meghan Holcomb (6) and Kelby Watkins. 2B: Brianna Palmatier (C), Noelle Palmatier (C), Jennifer Flynn (C), Nicole Cring (C). HR: Maggie Hall (C) 2.

Afton 15, Sidney 0

Cassidy Phillips pitched a five-inning perfect game for Afton (3-0, 2-0), which routed host Sidney (2-2, 2-2) in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Phillips struck out 13 of the 15 batters she faced, marking Afton’s first perfect game since Payton Cutting threw one against Richfield Springs in the opening round of the 2012 Section Four Class D Tournament. Cutting’s also went five innings.

On May 8 of last year, Phillips and Cutting combined on a six-inning no-hitter over Bainbridge-Guilford. Cutting pitched the first five innings and Phillips closed the sixth.

Bailey Sherman had two extra-base hits for the Crimson Knights, including an RBI triple in the third.

Kailyn Gravel, who pitched a no-hitter last week against Walton, struck out 11 and walked 12 for Sidney, which visits Deposit on Monday.

Afton 15, Sidney 0

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Cassidy Phillips (W) and Bailey Sherman. Kailyn Gravel (L,2-2) and Kelsey Decker. 2B: Bailey Sherman (A), Ashley Rogalski (A), Sam Rogalski (A), Kate Werth (A). 3B: Bailey Sherman (A).

Deposit 6, B-G 3

Cassie Safford drove a two-run homer over the left-field fence for Bainbridge-Guilford, which dropped a MAC game on the road.

Safford’s shot tied the score at 2 in the fourth, but Deposit (5-0, 4-0) answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Hayley Linkroum had an RBI single and Catherine Bush followed with an RBI double in fourth for Deposit, which is at Oxford on Friday.

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Justine Pratt (L) and Megan Ferrara. Justina Ellis (W,5-0) and Megan Faulkner. 2B: Catherine Bush (D), Kylie Papagelos (D). HR: Cassie Safford (B).

RS 7, Schenevus 6

Kaity Richvalsky struck out 21 and had two hits in leading Richfield Springs to a 10-inning, Tri-Valley League victory on the road.

“She was throwing the ball pretty well and she was locating well,” Schenevus coach Ron Spranger said of Richvalsky, who walked three and scattered nine hits.

The Indians (4-0) scored three runs in the top of the 10th. Madisyn Butler hit a two-run single and the third run scored on a throwing error.

In the bottom of the inning, Ali Turner hit a two-run single with two outs to make it a one-run game, but Richvalsky struck out the final batter.

Schenevus had a chance to win it the eighth inning. Taylor Spranger led off inning with a triple. Richvalsky struck out the next batter. Following a bunt single in which Spranger stayed put at third base, Richvalsky struck out the next two batters.

Taylor Spranger also doubled and scored twice in her three-hit day. In the circle, Spranger struck out seven and walked two.

Turner also had three hits for the Dragons (2-3, 2-2), who will travel to Morris on Friday.

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Kaity Richvalsky (W) and Emma Miner. Taylor Spranger (L) and Stephanie Pepaj. 2B: Madisyn Butler (R), Dani Ost (S), Taylor Spranger (S). 3B: Taylor Spranger (S).

G-MU 9, Morris 5

Kelsey Ross (two hits) drove in three runs and Alexis Joy had two RBIs as visiting Gilbertsville-Mount Upton rallied for a Tri-Valley League win.

G-MU was originally scheduled to host the game, but unplayable field conditions moved it to Morris.

Katie Schultes (three RBIs) and Kelsea Webster had two hits apiece for the Mustangs, who gave up three runs on four hits with two out in the sixth as the Raiders snapped a 5-all tie.

After allowing another run in the seventh, Morris left the bases loaded in the bottom frame.

G-MU 9, Morris 5

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Marissa Mehlrose (W), Jenn Mason (6) and Bri MacPherson. Tessa Hitchcock (L) and Kelsea Webster. 2B: McKenna Hungerford (M). 3B: Lauren Hill (G).

Milford 15, Worcester 0

Addy Lawson, Peggy Paffenroth and Marina Steele had two hits apiece for Milford, which cruised to a road victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Maddy Zenir contributed a three-run triple for the Wildcats as part of a seven-run fourth inning.

Paffenroth had a triple, scored three runs and drove in another.

Worcester (3-2, 2-2) will play at Richfield Springs on Friday.

Milford 15, Worcester 0

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Kaitlin VanWinkler (W) and Natasha Skillen. Monica Ridgeway (L,3-2) and Summer Rutty. 3B: Peggy Paffenroth (M), Maddy Zenir (M).

Edmeston 19, CV-S 0

Winning pitcher Catherine Johnson, Sarah Lawrence, Makaela Simmons and Savanna Fistrowicz had two hits apiece as Edmeston cruised to a home victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Simmons finished with three RBIs for the Panthers (4-0), who will host Unadilla Valley today.

Edmeston 19, CV-S 0

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Kylie Graham (L) and Jessica Carson. Catherine Johnson (W), Brianna Dunham (5) and Sarah Lawrence. 2B: Sarah Lawrence (E), Makaela Simmons (E), Emily Head (E).

Hancock 11, UV 0

Cynthia Wormuth struck out 11 in a one-hitter to lead host Hancock in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

Jennifer Elliott tripled for Unadilla Valley’s hit.

Hancock (5-0, 3-0) will host Afton today.

Hancock 11, UV 0

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Jackie Smith (L) and Jordan Anderson. Cynthia Wormuth (W) and Caitlin Wormuth. 2B: Jennifer Elliott (U). 3B: Lea Newman (H).