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May 11, 2013

Gilboa earns division title in softball

The Daily Star

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Shelby Oliver went 2-for-3 with three RBIs Friday, leading Gilboa to a 13-4 softball victory over South Kortright that clinched the Delaware League’s Delaware Mountain Division title for the Wildcats.

Oliver’s batterymate, pitcher Allison McGuire, struck out six, walked one and scattered eight hits to improve to 13-1 this season.

The Wildcats (14-1, 9-0) won their first division title since 2011 and will face Windham or Davenport in the Delaware League championship game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ted Christman Field in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park. Windham visits Davenport on Monday. The winner will advance to the DL crossover.

Kayla Craft finished 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs and a triple for the Rams, who gave up at least one run in every inning except the fifth.

Roxbury 17, H-T 0

Roxbury senior Kendal Sprague was one out from perfection.

She retired the first 14 Hunter-Tannersville batters before Kaitlin Jaeger hit a nubber toward third and beat the throw for a single in a Delaware League game shortened to five innings because of the 15-run rule.

“The whole crowd knew what was happening, but we’re OK with it,” Roxbury coach Jane Ware said.

Sprague finished with nine strikeouts and no walks.

“She had excellent control,” Ware said of Sprague.

Junior Liz Davis hit her first varsity home run for the Rockets – a two-run shot to left-center in the third inning. Stacey Sprague and Marissa Greene had three and two hits, respectively, for Roxbury (10-3, 6-1), which will host Jefferson on Monday.

Downsville 19, Stamford 4

Winning pitcher Kaileen Townsend struck out three and walked four in a four-hitter to help Downsville to a Delaware League win at home.

With Downsville trailing, 4-1, in the second, Leigha Latourette singled and stole second. Kim Dusseldorp then walked and Jen Bivens was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ashley Fuller walked for an RBI, and a single by Townsend scored Bivens to make it 4-3.

Dusseldorp later scored on a passed ball to tie it, and Townsend came in as the go-ahead run when Stamford misplayed a grounder by Chelsea Doig.

Townsend finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Eagles, who received two hits and an RBI from Latourette.

Gabby Rion had an RBI single and Katlyn Fallon doubled for Stamford.

Downsville (4-6, 4-6) will host Margaretville on Monday.

Oneonta 7, Norwich 2

Winning pitcher Brieanna Baker and Maria DiMartin hit two-run singles during a five-run third inning as Oneonta High moved to 14-1 with a Southern Tier Athletic Conference win at home.

Norwich opened the scoring in the second when Shannon Moore with a home run to left-center.

The Yellowjackets — 13-1 in STAC — tied it in the bottom of the second on back-to-back two-out doubles by Emmalee Sloman and Alexis Ramsey. Sloman doubled to the fence in center and Ramsey’s RBI double went to left center.

Oneonta then used five singles to score five times in the third. Brianna Haines also had an RBI single in the inning.

Hayley Dower finished 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, Baker went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Cami Cleaveland was 2-for-4 with a run.

Baker had nine strikeouts and two walks in a three-hitter.

OHS will host Seton Catholic Central on Monday and then travel to Chenango Valley on Tuesday. If the Yellowjackets win both games and Windsor wins out, the teams will play a STAC East Division tiebreaker to determine which team will represent the East in the STAC playoffs.

Oneonta and Windsor have split two games this season.

Cooperstown 11, S-E 1

Senior Nicole Cring went 3-for-3 with two triples, three runs and an RBI, and struck out 14 in a two-hitter to lead unbeaten Cooperstown to a Center State Conference win at home.

Cring tripled and scored in the second inning to give Cooperstown a 2-1 lead.

In the circle, she overcame her season-high of three walks.

“She pitched well,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said. “She had a few more three-ball counts than usual, but the strike zone was tight, a little bit tighter than usual.”

Catherine Borgstrom went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Maggie Hall finished 1-for-2 with three RBIs for Cooperstown (15-0, 9-0), which will travel to Clinton at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Cooperstown can clinch a tie for the division title with a victory Saturday.

Morris 17, Laurens 1

McKenna Hungerford and Kaylyn Oliver each had three hits and two RBIs to lead visiting Morris to a five-inning Tri-Valley League win on the road.

Kelsea Webster also had three hits for the Mustangs, who jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first inning.

Megan Worden had two hits for the Leopards, who closed their season at 4-11 overall and 3-10 in the T-V.

On Thursday, Laurens lost a five-inning T-V game to visiting Edmeston, 16-0. The result incorrectly appeared in Friday’s edition of The Daily Star as a seven-inning no-hitter by Edmeston eighth-grader Catherine Johnson because of a reporter’s error. Laurens coach Allen Ruffles said Friday night that Johnson threw a perfect game in five innings.

G-MU 5, Schenevus 4

Victoria Hawkins’ inside-the-park home run to deep left field in the bottom of the sixth led Gilbertsville-Mount Upton to a Tri-Valley League win at home.

The Raiders faced a 4-2 deficit in the sixth before Katie Schultes hit an RBI triple and scored on a fielder’s choice to tie it. Hawkins followed with her homer for the final margin.

Winning pitcher Marissa Mehlrose struck out eight, walked one and scattered eight hits.

Losing pitcher Taylor Spranger paced Schenevus with two hits and a run.

G-MU (10-2, 9-2) plays Sidney in the opening round of the SFCU Tournament at Bainbridge-Guilford at 11 a.m. Saturday, when B-G plays Sherburne-Earlville in the other first-round game. The consolation and championship games are set for 1 p.m. Saturday.

UV 18, Walton 12

Megan Smith went 2-for-3 with three RBIs Thursday, leading Unadilla Valley to a semifinal win on the road in the MAC 9-12 Tournament.

Mariah Martin (RBI) contributed three hits for the Storm, who received two hits from Jordan Anderson (two RBIs) and three runs apiece from Jen Elliott and Kristen Montenegro (RBI).

Jade Gardepe scored four times, drove in two runs and had two hits in the Warriors’ season finale, which featured a home run and triple by Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross. Teammate Lacey Speidell contributed two hits and two RBIs.

UV advanced to the MAC 9-12 title game at Unatego on Monday.