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April 23, 2013

Cring no-hits Westmoreland again

Staff Report

Nicole Cring seems to like pitching against Westmoreland — a lot.

On Monday, Cooperstown senior Cring threw her second no-hitter against the Bulldogs in as many seasons, guiding the visiting team to a 10-0 softball victory in the Center State Conference.

Cring struck out 13 Westmoreland batters Monday. Last season, she struck out 15 Bulldogs in an April 16 no-hitter.

“Her fastball was working well early, as was her screwball,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said. “Later on, she worked in the change-up.

“She was around the plate all night,” Bliss continued, noting that Cring (5-0) walked two over her seven innings of work. “There were only a few three-ball counts.”

Cring also had an impact offensively, driving a three-run triple as part of her 2-for-5 day at the plate.

Teammates Maggie Hall and Erin Hascup also contributed two hits apiece.

Cring has three varsity no-nos. Her other one came against Waterville on May 9, 2012.

Cooperstown (6-0, 3-0), ranked seventh in the state in Class C, visits Waterville on Wednesday.

Cooperstown 10, Westmoreland 0

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Nicole Cring (W,5-0) and Erin Hascup. Gabby Taverne (L) and Meg Sweeney. 3B: Ellen Vibbard (C), Nicole Cring (C).

Greene 15, Unatego 0

Morgan Hurlbert struck out 13 and walked three in a five-inning no-hitter as Greene cruised to a MAC victory on the road.

Laura Durdon had three hits for the Trojans, who opened the scoring with a seven-run second inning.

Unatego (0-6, 0-5) is at Sidney on Wednesday.

Greene 15, Unatego 0

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Morgan Hurlbert (W) and Gabby Sherwood. Michaela Kinsella (L) and Samantha Saunders. 2B: Laura Durdon (G), Morgan Ellis (G), Shawn Ayres (G), Gabby Sherwood (G).

B-G 7, Oxford 1

Megan Ferrara had a sweet 16th birthday for host Bainbridge-Guilford, which won in the MAC.

Sophomore catcher Ferrara went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a triple and an RBI.

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