The Daily Star
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The scoreboard threw Richfield Springs a curve Tuesday, but shortstop Rebecca Smith bailed out the Indians with a head’s-up play that secured a 7-3 Tri-Valley League softball victory over visiting Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
Winning pitcher Kaity Richvalsky struck out five, walked two and hit a batter in six innings as Richfield Springs took a 7-0 lead into the seventh. G-MU then rallied for three runs and loaded the bases against reliever Madisyn Butler, prompting RS coach Jay Lehmann to throw Richvalsky back into the circle with two out.
“I wish it the way it ended was easy, but it wasn’t,” Lehmann said. “The count was 1-1, but Kaity thought it was 1-2 because the scoreboard was wrong. She threw a strike, so she thought the game was over.”
Lehmann said catcher Emma Miner threw the ball back to Richvalsky, who dropped it and began to trot off the field.
“G-MU sent the runner on third home when she did that,” Lehmann said. “Luckily for us, Rebecca heard us screaming, so she picked up the ball and threw the runner out at the plate.”
Richvalsky also went 2-for-2 with a run for the Indians, who received two hits apiece from Miner (run), Rebecca Smith (two runs, two RBIs) and Butler (two runs, RBI).
The victory kept RS (10-4, 10-2) in the hunt for the Tri-Valley League East Division title. The Indians host East Division front-runner Milford (13-1, 11-1) at 4:30 p.m. today in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Milford can clinch the division title outright with a victory. Should RS win, the teams will share the division title and meet again Thursday at a time and site to be determined for a tiebreaker that will decide which team will represent the East in the T-V championship game.
T-V West Division champion Edmeston (16-2) will play the East winner in the crossover at 5 p.m. Friday at Oneonta State. Edmeston athletic director Mike Clark said Tuesday that the Panthers fell, 4-0, to Harpursville in a non-league game. No other details were available at press time.
Cooperstown 27, M-E 1
Maggie Hall hit three over-the-fence home runs, including a grand slam in the seventh, to lead visiting Cooperstown to a road rout that clinched the Center State Conference Division III title.
Hall, who extended her single-season program record to 10 home runs, finished 3-for-5 with nine RBIs.
Winning pitcher Nicole Cring hit two homers over the fence and doubled in a 4-for-5 effort. Cring (16-0), who has seven homers this season, also struck out 11, walked none and allowed five hits in six scoreless innings.
Allannah Haggerty contributed two hits and six RBIs for Cooperstown (17-0, 11-0), which clinched the division crown with one regular-season game remaining. Cooperstown, which has beaten second-place Hamilton twice this season, visits Sauquoit Valley on Thursday.
Oneonta 7, CV 2
Erin Mushtare went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs to lead Oneonta to Southern Tier Athletic Conference road win on the road.
Sophomore Brieanna Baker struck out 10 and walked three for the Yellowjackets, who pounded out 16 hits.
Amy Hait opened the scoring with a two-run single that scored Cami Cleaveland and Mushtare with two out in the first inning.
Cleaveland scored the decisive run in the fourth off a hard single by Mushtare that beat the Chenango Valley shorstop.
Brianna Haines and Shelby Cleavaland (RBI) finished with three hits apiece for OHS, which received a double, a single and an RBI from Maria DiMartin.
Oneonta (16-1, 15-1) is tied for first place in the STAC East Division with Windsor, which handed the Yellowjackets a 1-0 loss earlier this season. OHS coach Randy Brockway said his team will play a non-leaguer against New Hartford next week.
Downsville 22, Jefferson 5
Courtney Jennings homered twice, including a grand slam to left-center in the third, to lead host Downsville to a a Delaware League win.
Jennings also homered to center in the fourth. She finished with six RBIs.
Winning pitcher Kaileen Townsend went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer in the first and finished with three RBIs. Townsend limited Jefferson to five hits over six innings.
Leigha Latourette batted 5-for-5 with three RBIs and catcher Ashley Fuller contributed a two-run single in the first inning for the Eagles (6-6), who will compete in the Section Four Class D Tournament next week.
Emily Irwin paced Jefferson with one hit and an RBI.
Roxbury 13, Windham 3
Shannon Sprague went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple and five RBIs to lead Roxbury to a Delaware League win on the road. Sprague’s big hit came in the fifth, when her triple drove in three runs.
Winning pitcher Kendal Sprague struck out 10 and walked nine in a three-hitter.
The Rockets overcame a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the fourth. They followed with a five-run fifth that all but secured the victory.
Windham (7-4, 6-3) will play Gilboa in the Delaware League championship game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ted Christman Field in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park.
at Leatherstocking GC
Teddy Trosset shot a 5-over-par 40 on the front nine of the Leatherstocking Golf Course to lead host Cooperstown to a 195-199 victory over Herkimer.
Matt Frevele contributed a 48 for Cooperstown. Andrew Stilwell’s 45 paced Herkimer.
Margaretville’s James Warner won the Delaware League championship at first singles with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Josh Riley of Roxbury.
The two players, who met for the final at Andes on Tuesday, will compete in the Section Four C-D Tournament on Thursday.
Thayer keeps rolling
Unatego senior Kevin Thayer won two state titles during the NY-USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Championships, which ran Saturday and Sunday at Broome Community College.
Thayer won freestyle and Greco-Roman championships at 152 pounds during the event, beating Nigel Williams in each final.
Thayer also won the Division II 152-pound championship at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships this past February at the Times Union Center in Albany.
According to the website newyorkwrestlingnews.com, Thayer joined Lansing junior William Koll, Cheektowaga’s Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer and Warsaw’s Burke Paddock as D-II state champions who swept NY-USA titles over the weekend.
Thayer earned an automatic berth to the ASIC/Vaughan Junior and Cadet National Championships, which run July 12-20 in Fargo, N.D.