Nicole Cring struck out the last 10 batters to secure a perfect game Friday as host Cooperstown routed Morrisville-Eaton, 22-0, in a Center State Conference softball game.
Cooperstown senior Cring, who will play softball at Springfield College next season, struck out 16 and threw 63 of her 95 pitches for strikes.
“She’s a hard worker,” said Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss, who got a no-hitter from Cring on Monday in a 10-0 defeat of Westmoreland. “She threw all winter with pitching coach Tom Weeks and has five pitches - a drop curve, a curve, a sinker, a screwball and a fastball.”
Cring’s fourth varsity no-hitter featured three three-ball counts and two standout plays by infielders Jenn Flynn and Lexi Duda. Third baseman Flynn stopped a grounder to the hole between third and short for an out and second baseman Duda made a leaping catch to “rob Morrisville-Eaton of a sure hit,” Bliss said.
Cring also homered, tripled and drove in five runs for Cooperstown, which got a homer and four RBIs from Maggie Hall.
Christina Noto contributed four hits and four RBIs, and Duda and Ellen Vibbard finished with three hits apiece.
Cooperstown (8-0, 5-0), which scored 11 runs in the third inning, hosts Sauquoit Valley on Monday.
Cooperstown 22, M-E 0
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Cooperstown 02(11) 801 x - 22 19 0
Laureen Kellum (L) and Jessie Carroll. Nicole Cring (W,7-0) and Erin Hascup. 2B: Ellen Vibbard (C), Lexi Duda (C). 3B: Nicole Cring (C), Jennifer Flynn (C). HR: Maggie Hall (C), Nicole Cring (C).
Oneonta 6, SV 1
Brieanna Baker continued her dominance for Oneonta High, striking out 19 in a two-hitter as the Yellowjackets won a Southern Tier Athletic Conference road game.
Baker, who has struck out 103 this season, also helped OHS avenge last season’s 4-3 Section Four Class B Tournament semifinal loss to SV with two hits.
Hayley Dower had three hits and scored two runs for the Jackets (6-1, 6-1), who received two hits apiece from Erin Mushtare, Brianna Haines and Emmalee Sloman.