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May 17, 2013

Gilboa runs away with first DL softball title

By Eric Deemer

Contributing Writer

ONEONTA — There’s a first time for everything.

Aggressive baserunning and an eight-hit attack led Gilboa to its first Delaware League softball championship as the Wildcats topped Windham, 7-1, on Thursday at Ted Christman Field in Neahwa Park.

“In 14 years as a coach, this is my first league title,” Gilboa coach Dan McGlynn said. “I couldn’t be more happy.”

Upper Delaware Division champion Windham struck first, though, as Hannah Exum and Samantha Simpfenderfer opened the first inning with back-to-back doubles for a 1-0 lead.

Winning pitcher Allison McGuire settled in thereafter, allowing four singles the rest of the way.

“She’s just a great athlete,” McGlynn said of McGuire, who mixed a fastball with an effective changeup to keep the Warriors off-balance after the first inning.

Gilboa took the lead for keeps with three runs in the third inning.

Losing pitcher Susannah Simpfenderfer walked Cynthia Reese, who stole second with one out. Ashleigh Jaeger then sent a high, curving flyball over the first baseman to score Reese for a 1-all tie. Jaeger then stole second on a first-pitch strike to Jana Traver, who lined a shot to left field for an RBI single and a 2-1 Gilboa lead. The trend continued with Traver stealing second to set up Shelby Oliver, who made it 3-1 with a dipping liner to right field.

“I told them to be patient and that it was OK to be nervous,” said McGlynn, who produced a run with some small ball in the fifth.

Makayla Foster reached base on a dropped pop fly to shortstop before Jaeger beat a throw to first on a sacrifice-bunt attempt. Foster then stole third and scored on another bunt, although Windham threw out Traver at first on the play.

“Our bunt defense needs to improve,” Windham coach Joel Middleton said. “We need to anticipate change and not flinch when it happens.”

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