After senior Ceili Getman – the only returning player on the roster besides Baker – sacrificed the runners to second and third, Baker scored on a passed ball to tie the score at 2. Rossi then walked and both runners moved up on a passed ball.
Freshman Jordan Gaisford followed with a double to the fence to center that scored both runners, giving OHS a 4-2 lead.
Gaisford went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored.
“It’s a big step up from JV,” said third baseman Gaisford, who is joined in Oneonta’s starting lineup by classmates Mia Obergefell (center field), Rossi (right field), Roupp (catcher) along with eighth-grader Ally Baker (first base). “I know when I got into the box, I was so nervous. I missed probably three or four signs the coach gave me.
“I’m really excited to keep improving,” she continued. “We’re all going to help each other get better. I think we’ll be a pretty good team this season.”
Oneonta tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning and then plated eight runs against relief pitcher Alexis Stetts in the sixth inning, when Struble lined a two-run triple into right-center.
Rossi completed the no-hitter in the seventh, pitching a 1-2-3 inning.
Things figure to get considerably more difficult for the Yellowjackets on Friday, when they travel to play a Windsor squad that has won four state titles over the past decade.
“I’m excited but also interested to see how it’s going to go,” Baker said of playing the defending state champs, who went 2-1 against OHS last season. “I love playing them, because it’s the best competition, like we would play (in summer ball). Plus, they won states. It’s going to be competitive.”
Oneonta 14, JC 2
Johnson City 010 100 0 – 2 0 2
Oneonta 010 328 x – 14 6 0
Lydia Ladd (L), Alexis Stetts (6), Lydia Ladd (6) and Kayla Cutting Emily Vesely (5). 2B – Jordan Gaisford (O). 3B – Bekka Struble (O).
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