The Daily Star
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Kevin Musser did a little bit of everything for the Milford baseball team Thursday.
Make that the Tri-Valley League East Division champion Milford baseball team.
Musser doubled, singled, drove in three runs and scored three more for the Wildcats, who clinched their first division title since 1997 with a 16-12 defeat of visiting Richfield Springs.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said Milford coach Andrew Griffiths, whose team scored seven times in the sixth for the final margin. “Both teams played really hard.”
Musser hit a two-run double in the sixth, which also featured RBI singles by Wyatt Waters and Jacob Tabor. Musser also got the pitching victory in relief of Stephen Banks, who failed to get an out in the sixth after taking over for starter Peyton Griffiths.
The Indians (8-5, 8-4) scored five times in the top of the sixth to take a 12-9 lead before Milford (10-1, 10-1) rallied back against RS reliever Ben Smith.
Paul VanWarner went 3-for-5 with a run for the Wildcats, who received two hits and an RBI apiece from Waters (run) and Blake Elliott (two runs).
Milford clinched the division outright with the victory over second-place Richfield Springs as the Wildcats have two games left and can finish the regular season with no worse than three losses. Milford visits RS on Monday before hosting Worcester on Tuesday. The Wildcats will then play in the T-V championship game May 17 at Oneonta State.
Keegan Wheelock-Tanner (RBI, run) and Chris Young (two RBIs, run) each went 2-for-4 for the Indians.
Cooperstown 6, Westmoreland 4
Winning pitcher Ethan Bliss struck out 10 and walked two in a five-hitter, leading host Cooperstown to a Center State Conference Division III victory.
Bliss also doubled and drove in two runs for Cooperstown (6-5, 5-4), which received 2-for-3 efforts from Jack Donnelly and Ray Cabrera.
Jon Guy had two hits and two RBIs for Westmoreland (7-8, 5-5).
Cooperstown hosts Sherburne-Earlville at 4:30 p.m. today at Doubleday Field.
Unatego 23, Oxford 9
Unatego used an 11-run third inning to pull away from visiting Oxford and earn a victory in a MAC 1-4 Tournament semifinal.
Lucas DeJoy hit a grand slam off losing pitcher Andrew Golden in the third.
John Wingate went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and five runs for the Spartans, who got three hits and four runs from Nick Angell. Phil Youngs and Quinn Barnhart (three RBIs) contributed two hits apiece.
Golden went 3-for-4 to lead Oxford.
Unatego (15-3) travels to Johnstown on Saturday.
Franklin 14, G-MU 5
Franklin scored seven runs in the fifth inning to break open a close game and earn a Tri-Valley League victory at home.
Senior Alex Brownell (1-3) had 10 strikeouts and scattered eight hits to earn his varsity victory.
Derek Beers went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Joe Terrano contributed three hits to lead the Purple Devils at the plate.
“We had great offensive production tonight from our 1-4 hitters,” Franklin coach Darryl Beers said of the top of his order, which went a combined 10-for-15 at the plate.
Chris Cole’s three hits paced Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
Franklin (4-8) plays Worcester at home today.
Worcester 20, CV-S 5
Worcester scored at least one run in every inning to cruise to a Tri-Valley League win over visiting Cherry Valley-Springfield.
Steve Griffiths and Nate Nicklous (home run) each had three hits and three RBIs for the Wolverines, who got two hits apiece from Chris Mravlja and Ryan Perrillo.
Spencer Supak went 3-for-3 for the Patriots.
Worcester (6-6, 6-5) visits Franklin today.
Edmeston 15, Laurens 0
Edmeston’s Mike Clark hit a two-run home run in a five-run first inning for Edmeston, which cruised to a road victory in the Tri-Valley League.
Linton Wainright went 3-for-6 with five RBIs and Clayton Hawes (RBI) had three hits for the Panthers.
David Fraser doubled for Laurens (3-9).
The Leopards host Morris today.
Hancock 11, Roxbury 1
Hancock scored at least one run in each of the first five innings for a non-league home victory.
Tyler Phillips went 3-for-3 and Ryan Smith had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Wildcats.
Winning pitcher Kevin Consolazio struck out six and gave up one hit over six innings. Consolazio also tripled and singled.
Sam Nash had the lone hit for the Rockets.
Hancock (12-5) plays Stamford at home Saturday.
SOFTBALLRS 5, Milford 4
Kaity Richvalsky struck out 12, walked four and scattered seven hits as Richfield Springs stayed alive in the chase for the T-V East Division crown with a road victory.
After giving up one run in the seventh, Richvalsky allowed Mataiah Waters and Serena Chase to reach base for first-and-second situation with one out. Richvalsky then went to a full count with the next batter, Peggy Paffenroth, leading to the second out.
“Peggy thought it was 3-2 before the pitch, so she went to first and the runners started to advance,” Milford coach Jim Weir said.
RS catcher Emma Miner then threw out Waters at third for the second out. Paffenroth followed with an RBI single, but Richvalsky struck out her last batter to secure the victory for RS (9-2 T-V).
Miner contributed two of the Indians’ four hits and an RBI.
Waters and Maddy Zenir (RBI) had two hits apiece for the Wildcats (12-1, 10-1), who got eight strikeouts in a four-hitter by Kaitlin Van Winkler.
Milford visits RS on Monday, then closes its regular season at home Tuesday against Worcester. RS finishes its regular-season schedule Tuesday at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
The T-V East Division winner will play the T-V West champion for the league title May 17 at Oneonta State.
Worcester 5, CV-S 2
Winning pitcher Monica Ridgeway’s RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth scored Jordan Spina, and Worcester went on to a Tri-Valley League triumph.
Trailing, 2-1, with one out in the sixth, the Wolverines tied it when Kristina Walsh walked, stole second and third, and scored on a passed ball. Pinch-hitter Spina then singled to set up Ridgeway’s go-ahead triple.
The Wolverines (8-5), who scored two more runs in the sixth, also received two hits from Summer Rutty.
Shannon Sears and Jordan Loucks scored for the Patriots.
Worcester visits Milford on Monday.
Edmeston 16, Laurens 0
Eighth-grader Catherine Johnson struck out eight and walked none for her first no-hitter, leading Edmeston to a Tri-Valley League road win.
“She’s fast and on target with really good placement,” Laurens coach Allen Ruffles said of Johnson.
Savanna Fistrowicz, Brianna Dunham and Sydney Smith finished with three RBIs apiece for the Panthers, who amassed 17 hits.
Fistrowicz and Dunham each had three hits and Smith contributed two.
Laurens (4-10, 3-8) hosts Morris today.
Cooperstown 16, Westmoreland 0
Nicole Cring struck out 15 and walked one in a two-hitter to lead host Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory.
“She’s got long arms, big hands and good control over the ball,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said of Cring, who improved to 13-0 on the season.
Cring also hit a two-run homer over the center-field fence. Teammate Maggie Hall hit a three-run homer over the left-field fence as well.
Christina Noto finished with three hits and Erin Hascup and Jennifer Flynn had two hits apiece for Cooperstown (14-0, 9-0), which hosts Sherburne-Earville today.
Afton 7, Deposit 0
Cassidy Phillips struck out eight and walked one in a two-hitter to lead host Afton to a win in a Midstate Athletic Conference 1-4 Tournament semifinal.
Phillips improved to 11-1 on the season for top-seeded Afton (15-1, 11-0), which hosts Hancock in the MAC 1-4 title game Thursday.
Bailey Sherman hit a two-run homer over the left-field fence in the first inning and Sierra Palmatier finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. Payton Cutting contributed two hits and an RBI for the Crimson Knights.
Hancock 12, Greene 11
Hancock rallied for four runs in the sixth inning en route to a semifinal win at home in the MAC 1-4 Tournament.
Brooke Sherburne led Hancock with three hits and three RBIs. Lea Newman (two RBIs) and Caitlin Wormuth (RBI) contributed two hits apiece.
Sierra Stoppkotte, Laura Derdon, Kiley Schaff (three RBIs) and Maddie Brink had two hits apiece for the Trojans, who were held scoreless in the seventh.
Hancock plays Livingston Manor in the Hancock Softball Tournament at noon Saturday. The Wildcats will visit top-seeded Afton for the MAC title Thursday.
B-G 5, Harpursville 4
Marissa Thornton scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh to give visiting Bainbridge-Guilford a semifinal win in the MAC 5-8 Tournament.
Winning pitcher Justine Pratt allowed four hits and struck out four.
Trailing, 4-2, in the top of the fourth, Taylor LaMont came in from second on a throwing error by Hornets catcher Madison Paugh. Alexis Paige later tied it at 4 on another throwing error by the Harpursville infield.
Harpursville put runners at the corners with none out in the bottom of the sixth. Pratt fielded a bunt and went to first for the front end of a double play as second baseman Morgan Shew, who was covering first on the play, threw out the runner at home. Pratt got out of the inning with a strikeout.
Bainbridge-Guilford (7-7, 4-7) plays at Sidney in the MAC 5-8 final Monday.
Sidney 4, Oxford 2
Sidney freshman Kailyn Gravel threw her third no-hitter of the season as Sidney won a MAC 5-8 Tournament semifinal at home.
Gravel struck out 10 and walked five to improve to 7-5.
Kelsey Decker led the Warriors at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Sidney (7-5) plays Gilbertsville-Mount Upton in the Sidney Federal Credit Union Tournament at Bainbridge on Saturday.
The Warriors will host Bainbridge-Guilford in the MAC 5-8 final Monday.
Davenport 14, Margaretville 12
Davenport scored 12 runs in the last three innings to earn a come-from-behind Delaware League victory over visiting Margaretville.
Emily Whipple went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Cassandra Wubbenhorst contributed two hits for the Wildcats (6-4, 6-2), who received a three-run homer in the fifth inning from winning pitcher Jenna Lutz (6-4).
“They really hit the ball hard tonight, but Lutz got comfortable and in a little bit of a groove after the fourth inning,” Davenport coach Cheryl Butler said. “This one puts us in a position to win the Upper Delaware Division, if we can beat Windham on Monday.”
Tess Svoboda and Kellsey Buerge (two RBIs) each had three hits to lead Blue Devils. Losing pitcher Rachel Mathiesen struck out eight and went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Davenport hosts Windham on Monday.
Gilboa 16, H-T 1
Winning pitcher Allison McGuire struck out seven and walked none in a two-hitter to lead Gilboa to a Delaware League win at home.
Jana Traver finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Wildcats, who were walked 13 times. Traver’s RBI double in the first inning scored the first run of the game.
Gilboa (16-1, 8-0) hosts South Kortright today.
SK 16, Jefferson 12
Eighth-grader Lexi DuBois hit a grand slam in the third inning that cleared the left-field fence to help South Kortright to a Delaware League victory on the road.
“Pay attention to that name,” Jefferson coach Andi Cammer said of DuBois, whose homer highlighted a 13-run third inning that gave the Rams a 15-1 lead.
Rachel Hanselman, Courtney Soule and Taylor Sherwood scored on the slam. Hanselman contributed two RBIs and Tori Rockefeller had one.
Shania Speenburgh and Emily Irwin each finished with two hits and two RBIs.
Jefferson (0-7) will play at Roxbury on Monday.
GOLFat Colonial Ridge
Levi Decker’s 1-over-par 37 on the front nine of Colonial Ridge in Laurens included a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole and led host Morris to a 256-289 defeat of Oxford.
Tom Hite contributed a 43 that featured birdies on the par-5 first hole and the par-4 ninth.
Decker qualified to represent Morris (6-5) in the Section Four Tournament later this season.
at Leatherstocking GC
Matt Frevele shot a 43 on the par-35 front nine of the Leatherstocking Golf Course, but Cooperstown fell, 196-185, to visiting Unadilla Valley.
Brenon Maynard (44), Jarad Hanslmaier (45) and Collin Izard (46) paced the Storm.
at Delhi College GC
Nick Mills shot a 44 and teammates Robby Phraner and Eric Zimmerman shot 45s to lead Walton to non-league victories over Sullivan West and Family School.
Walton (10-3) plays its last match of the regular season against Unadilla Valley at Red Pines Golf Course.
TENNISCooperstown 3, Hamilton 2
Jason and Will Cadwalader earned straight-set victories at second and third singles, respectively, to lead Cooperstown to a road win.
Cooperstown clinched the victory with a win at second doubles from Max Clinton and Andrew Von Tsurikov.
Windham 7, Margaretville 0
Malcolm Seamans won at first singles over James Warner, 9-7, and Jeremy Torres defeated Brandon Belaski at second singles to lead host Windham to a Delaware League victory over Margaretville.
David Saunders and Luke Rasmussen also won at first doubles for Windham (11-1), which earned a share of the Delaware League regular-season title with Margaretville - the only team to beat the Warriors this season.
Windham will compete in sectionals at Bainbridge-Guilford on Thursday.
Sidney 5, Walton 0
Sidney won four of five matches in straight sets as the host school won a MAC match.
Nick Meno, Alex Morrow and Daylon Barr won singles matches for Sidney, which got a victory from Geoff Peck and Jerrid Cubby at first doubles. Sidney won second doubles by forfeit.
Sidney (7-7, 7-2) is at Oxford on Monday.