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April 25, 2013

Baker stays hot for OHS softball

The Daily Star

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Hayley Dower and Erin Mushtare gave Brieanna Baker exactly what she needed Wednesday.

Dower scored the go-ahead run on a sixth-inning shot up the middle by Mushtare before Baker struck out the side in the seventh to secure a 4-3 Southern Tier Athletic Conference softball victory over visiting Chenango Valley.

Sophomore Baker struck out 16 and walked one in a three-hitter, improving to 5-1 in her first season as the Yellowjackets starting pitcher.

“I’m not overly surprised because she’s been working hard since she was 7 years old,” OHS coach Randy Brockway said of Baker, who has struck out 84 batters this season. “She’s been nothing but wonderful for us so far.”

OHS (5-1, 5-1) opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning, but the Warriors tied it in the third on a two-run homer to center field by Brianna Stinson.

The Jackets broke the tie with a run in the third, but CV knotted it at 3 in the sixth.

Dower then led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to left-center field off losing pitcher Dani Forbidussi, who relieved starter Morgan Hope in the fourth. Mushtare followed with a hard RBI grounder up the middle for the final margin.

Baker then struck out CV’s sixth, seventh and eighth batters in the seventh to end it.

“They’re a very dangerous team,” Brockway said of CV, which received two hits, two RBIs and two runs from Stinson. “They’re one of the better hitting teams we’ve faced. BB did a great job handling them.”

Mushtare finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Jackets, who received two hits and a run from Shelby Cleaveland. Emmalee Sloman contributed a run and an RBI for OHS, which visits Susquehanna Valley on Friday. The game is a rematch of last season’s Section Four Class B semifinal that SV won, 4-3.

Oneonta 4, CV 3

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Morgan Hope, Dani Forbidussi (4,L) and Chelsea Henige. Brieanna Baker (W,5-1) and Erin Mushtare. 2B: Jamie Broughton (C), Hayley Dower (O). 3B: Shelby Cleaveland (O). HR: Brianna Stinson (C).

Sidney 3, Unatego 0

Winning pitcher Kailyn Gravel struck out 15 and walked four in her second no-hitter of the season, leading Sidney to a Midstate Athletic Conference win.

Kelsey Decker’s RBI single in the first inning drove in Hannah Wood for what proved to be the decisive run. Wood singled, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt to set up Decker.

Gravel, a freshman who no-hit Walton earlier this season, improved to 3-3.

Sidney (3-3, 3-3) plays a non-leaguer today at Whitney Point.

Sidney 3, Unatego 0

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Kali Benedict (L) and Samantha Saunders. Kailyn Gravel (W,3-3) and Kelsey Decker. 2B: Karissa Lambrecht (S).

Cooperstown 5, Waterville 1

Christina Noto led off the Center State Conference game with her first varsity homer and one batter later, Maggie Hall homered to lead visiting Cooperstown.

“It’s probably the first time I can remember two (home runs) in the same inning,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said. “There’s no fence, but they were hit hard _ one in the gap and the other down the line. They made it home easy.”

Noto’s went into the left-center gap and Hall’s fourth homer of the season went down the left-field line.

“She’s just a good hitter,” Bliss said of Hall, a junior. “She’s a solid player offensively and defensively.”

Cooperstown tacked on another run in the first inning on Erin Hascup’s RBI single.

Winning pitcher Nicole Cring struck out 14 and walked two in a three-hitter.

Noto finished with two hits for Cooperstown (7-0, 5-0), which will host Morrisville-Eaton on Friday.

Cooperstown 5, Waterville 1

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Nicole Cring (W) and Erin Hascup. Megan Eastman (L) and Keely Cleary. HR: Christina Noto (C), Maggie Hall (C).

Afton 14, Harpursville 2

Connor Decker went 3-for-4 with five RBIs to lead Afton to a MAC victory at home.

Winning pitcher Cassidy Phillips (6-1) struck out 12 and walked one in a two-hitter.

Phillips also had two hits for the Crimson Knights (8-1, 6-0), who got a triple in a 3-for-4 effort from Payton Cutting.

Afton hosts Oxford on Friday.

Afton 14, Harpursville 2

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Erica Whitney (L) and Madison Paugh, Kayla Schultz (3). Cassidy Phillips, Payton Cutting (6) and Bailey Sherman, Karly Conpropst (6). 2B: Connor Decker (A). 3B: Payton Cutting (A).

Harpursville 12, UV 3

Jordan Anderson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, but Unadilla Valley lost a MAC game at home Tuesday.

Anderson also tripled for the Storm (0-7), who received an RBI single in the fifth from Jennifer Elliott.

Carissa Warren, Taylor Hendrikson and Courtney Hardy (two doubles) had three hits apiece for the Hornets (4-3), who got a six-hitter from Erika Whitney.

Harpursville 12, UV 3

Tuesday’s game

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Erika Whitney (W) and Madison Paugh. Jackie Smith (L) and Jordan Anderson. 2B: Abby Bird (H), Courtney Hardy (H) 2. 3B: Jordan Anderson (U). HR: Jordan Anderson (U).

Worcester 5, Morris 3

Monica Ridgeway scattered three hits and struck out seven to lead host Worcester to a victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Worcester scored four runs in the sixth to earn the come-from-behind victory. Freshman Christina Clements hit an RBI single with two out to put Worcester ahead for good.

Kristina Walsh finished 3-for-3 with an RBI and teammate Jillian Perrillo tripled and doubles in a 2-for-2 effort for the Wolverines (6-2, 5-2).

Haley Wist and McKenna Hungerford each doubled for Morris.

Worcester hosts Edmeston on Friday.

Worcester 5, Morris 3

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Tessa Hitchcock (L) and Kelsea Webster. Monica Ridgeway (W) and Summer Rutty. 2B: Haley Wist (M), McKenna Hungerford (M), Jillian Perrillo (W). 3B: Jillian Perrillo (W).

Laurens 11, CV-S 5

Claire Fraser’s three hits and three RBIs helped Laurens to a Tri-Valley League victory that marked its first win of the season.

Jessica Hadlock doubled, singled and drove in three runs for the Leopards (1-7, 1-7). She also struck out seven in a five-hitter.

Jazmine Maidens tripled and drove in two runs for the Leopards, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit after 2 1/2 innings.

Maddie Archer and Jordan Loucks had two hits apiece for the Patriots.

Laurens visits Milford on Friday.

Laurens 11, CV-S 5

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Kylie Graham (L) and Jessica Carson. Jessica Hadlock (W) and Kayla Johnson. 2B: Claire Fraser (L), Jessica Hadlock (L), Megan Worden (L), Vicky Eichhorn (L) 3B: Jazmine Maidens (L).

Milford 8, G-MU 1

Kaley Chase and Addy Lawson (two runs) each went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead host Milford to a Tri-Valley League victory.

Kaitlyn Van Winkler struck out five and walked three in a four-hitter for the Wildcats (6-2, 5-2), who host Morris next Wednesday.

Milford 8, G-MU 1

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Kaitlyn Van Winkler (W) and Natasha Skillen. Marissa Melhrose (L), Jenn Mason (5) and Bri MacPherson. 2B: Kaley Chase (M). 3B: Maddie Zenir (M).

Edmeston 11, Schenevus 0

Eighth-grader Catherine Johnson struck out 18 and walked one in a four-hitter as host Edmeston won in the Tri-Valley League.

“Her speed is right up there,” Edmeston coach Ken Plows said of Johnson, who also went 3-for-4. “She actually has a lot of different pitches and she’s working the corners real well.”

Batterymate and fellow eighth-grader Sarah Lawrence went 3-for-4 with a homer in the sixth inning, a triple and three RBIs. Sydney Smith also went 3-for-4 for the Panthers (7-1, 8-1), who will travel to Worcester on Friday.

Taylor Spranger went 2-for-3 with a double for Schenevus.

Edmeston 11, Schenevus 0

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Taylor Spranger (L), Ali Turner (6) and Stephanie Pepaj. Catherine Johnson (W) and Sarah Lawrence. 2B: Sydney Smith (E), Taylor Spranger (S). 3B: Sydney Smith (E), Sarah Lawrence (E). HR: Sarah Lawrence (E).