Freshman Maria Noto struck out eight, walked four and allowed three hits in her varsity debut Wednesday, leading the Cooperstown softball team to a 2-0 victory over host Central Valley Academy in the Center State Conference.
The Hawkeyes scored twice in the first inning of their season opener. Christina Noto reached first on an error before Maggie Hall singled to put runners at the corners. Christina Noto then scored on a fielder’s choice that also moved Hall to third. Ellen Vibbard followed with a sacrifice fly that drove in Hall to cap the scoring.
Christina Noto finished with a double and two singles for Cooperstown, which received two hits from Hall.
“I was real happy to play error-free ball on our first day on the field,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said. “We have a young team and we’re looking to build on this in the future.”
Losing pitcher Audrey Bunce scattered seven hits for Central Valley, which committed three errors.
Cooperstown (1-0) will play at Little Falls on Monday.
B-G 3, Harpursville 0
Taylor Palmatier struck out 11 and walked two in a one-hitter to lead to lead host Bainbridge-Guilford to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory in its home opener.
Palamatier’s two-run double in the third inning snapped a scoreless tie and gave the Bobcats the lead for keeps. Morgan Sheu and Marissa Thornton scored on the play.
B-G (1-0) will host Unatego on Friday.
SK 24, Margaretville 12
Savannah Hobbie went 3-for-5, including a fifth-inning grand slam, to help visiting South Kortright to a non-league victory in its season opener.
Hobbie’s homer to left-center field highlighted a seven-run rally for the Rams, who trailed, 10-9, at the start of the fifth.
Hobbie finished with five RBIs for SK, which received two hits and two RBIs apiece from Mackenzie Smith and Rosie Post.