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May 14, 2013

Baker strikes out 17 in win

The Daily Star

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Brieanna Baker’s two-hitter included 17 strikeouts and Oneonta High rallied from a two-run deficit to beat visiting Seton Catholic Central, 3-2, in 10 innings in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference softball game Monday.

“The weather wasn’t conducive to helping anyone out,” OHS coach Randy Brockway said. “I wasn’t sure if we should play beforehand. It was a cold, wet game. We knew we had to win this game on Senior Appreciation. That was a little bit of pressure.

“Seton is a very good team,” he continued. “We knew it would be close. They usually find ways to score runs. Defensively and pitching-wise, we did a good job. It wasn’t not a great night offensively, but we did a pretty good job of figuring out how to score three runs.”

In the 10th inning, both teams started with a runner on second base because of the international tiebreaker rule.

In the top of the inning, Baker struck out the top two batters — Nicole Keefe and Lexi Levy — to start the inning and Lauren Castellucci grounded to short.

Oneonta started its 10th with Maria DiMartin on second base. Leadoff batter Cami Cleaveland then walked. Hayley Dower with a fielder’s choice grounder to second as DiMartin advanced to third. Dower then stole second and Seton threw down as DiMartin headed home.

DiMartin beat the return throw for the winning run.

“It was a close play,” said Brockway, whose team improved to 16-1 overall and 15-1 in STAC. “It was a good wide slide by Maria. She slid wide and came back and touched the base to avoid the tag.”

The Saints nearly scored in the ninth. Their first two hitter reached on a dropped third strike and a hit batsman. Colleen Baudendistel then laid down a bunt. Second baseman Dower covered first and had a collision with Baudendistel as the ball came out of her glove. The umpire ruled offensive interference and the runner had to return to first and second. The next two batters grounded out to end it.

“That was a tough inning for us, but we played good defense,” Brockway said. “The interference call worked in our favor.”

Castellucci’s two-run single in the third inning gave the Saints a 2-0 lead.

The Yellowjackets scored single runs in the fouth and fifth innings to tie it.

In the fourth inning, Brianna Haines and Shelby Cleaveland singled with one out, leaving runners on first and second. After a popout, Seton opted to intentionally walk Baker to load the bases. Emmalee Sloman then drew a walk to score Haines.

Cami Cleaveland led off Oneonta’s fifth with an infield single. She stole second and scored on a one-out single to right-center by Erin Mushtare.

Oneonta will travel to Chenango Valley today. If the Yellowjackets win, they’ll clinch at least a tie with Windsor atop the East Division standings. OHS beat the Warriors, 4-3, earlier in the season.

“CV is one of the better hitting teams we’ll face, so we have to do the job in the circle and defensively,” Brockway said. “I think the girls will be up for it.”

Edmeston 2, G-MU 0

Eighth-grader Catherine Johnson struck out 13 and walked three in a four-hitter and hit an RBI single to give the visiting Panthers a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning as Edmeston clinched the Tri-Valley League West Division title.

Katlin Talbot opened Edmeston’s sixth with a lined single to center. After Sydney Smith lined out to second, Talbot stole second and went to third on Sarah Lawrence’s groundout. Johnson then lined a single into right-center to score Talbot. After Johnson stole second, Savanna Fistrowicz hit an RBI single.

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton (10-3, 9-3) put runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh, but Johnson struck out the final batter to end it.

Losing pitcher Marissa Mehlrose struck out nine and walked two in a five-hitter.

“Both pitchers pitched great tonight,” G-MU coach Tina Cole said. “Defensively, we were solid and so was Edmeston.”

The Panthers (16-1) will play the East Division champion — Milford or Richfield Springs — in the T-V crossover final Friday at Oneonta State.

The Raiders travel to Richfield Springs today.

Milford 6, Worcester 4

Five players had extra-base hits for host Milford, which overcame an early 3-0 deficit to clinch at least a tie for the Tri-Valley League East Division title.

Peggy Paffenroth’s two-run homer in the sixth tied the score at 4 for the Wildcats, who followed with a double from Natasha Skillen and an RBI triple from Serena Chase. Dawn Pickwick then drove in Chase with a groundout to cap the scoring.

“For the conditions, this was a well-played game,” Milford coach Jim Weir said. “Both pitchers battled the elements and did a nice job tonight.”

Kaitlin VanWinkler (11-1) struck out four in a six-hitter for the Wildcats, who also received triples from Addy Lawson and Maddy Zenir.

Losing pitcher Monica Ridgeway allowed no other hits. She and Madison Wright had two hits apiece for the Wolverines.

Milford (13-1, 11-1) visits Richfield Springs (9-4, 9-2) on Wednesday. The Indians, who are second in the T-V East, host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton today.

Should RS win both of its last two games, it will share the division title with Milford and force a tiebreaker for the right to represent the East in the T-V championship game against West Division winner Edmeston on Friday at Oneonta State.

Should RS lose either game, Milford will clinch the division title and advance to the crossover.

Windham 10, Davenport 8

Keily Linger hit an RBI double and Kennedy Lennon had an RBI single as visiting Windham scored three runs in the eighth inning and clinched a spot in the Delaware League crossover final.

Linger’s double made it 9-7 and she scored on Lennon’s single.

Davenport (6-5, 6-3), which needed a victory to get into the crossover final, scored once in the eighth. Melissa Sperry led off with a triple and scored on Megan Keil’s single. But Cassie Wubbenhorst grounded out and winning pitcher Susannah Simpfenderfer struck out the final two batters.

Simpfenderfer finished with 11 strikeouts, two fewer than counterpart Jenna Lutz.

Jane Rion had three hits, and Linger finished with two outs and two RBIs for Windham, which will play Roxbury today and then face Mountain Division champion Gilboa in the crossover final Thursday at Neahwa Park.

Kacie Hymers went 3-for-5, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning that gave Davenport a 7-5 lead. She finished with four RBIs. Wubbenhorst had two hits and scored twice for the Wildcats.

Cooperstown 8, Waterville 0

Kelsey Buscher’s two-out single to right in the second inning marked the lone hit against Nicole Cring, who led Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory.

Cring had 13 strikeouts and no walks as Cooperstown clinched at least a tie for the Division III title.

Cooperstown (16-0, 10-0) scored three times in the second inning without a hit. It scored five more times in the fourth on five hits, including a two-run single by Lexi Duda, who finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Alannah Haggerty went 2-for-3 with a an RBI for Cooperstown, which will travel to Morrisville-Eaton today.

Sidney 11, B-G 6

Sidney sent 10 batters to the plate in a six-run fifth as the Warriors overcame a three-run deficit to win the MAC 5-8 Tournament championship.

Jolene Krom went 3-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs for Sidney, which received two hits and three RBIs from Jenna McDonald.

Winning pitcher Kailyn Gravel struck out 10 and walked three in a two-hitter for Sidney (8-5), which is off until sectionals.

Justine Pratt went 1-for-2 with an RBI for the Bobcats.

UV 8, Unatego 4

Megan Smith had three hits and three RBIs to lead visiting Unadilla Valley to a victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference 9-12 Tournament championship game.

Winning pitcher Jackie Smith hit a two-run double and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly for the Storm, which scored five times in the seventh for the final margin.

Samantha Saunders doubled twice, singled and drove in a run for Unatego, which finished its season 3-10. Courtney Bullis contributed two hits and an RBI for the Spartans.

Roxbury 19, Jefferson 0

Roxbury scored at least two runs in every inning for a Delaware League rout at home.

Bailey O’Donnell led the Rockets, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBIs.

Shannon Sprague (two RBIs) and Marissa Greene each contributed two hits for Roxbury (10-3, 6-1), which visits Windham today.

SK 20, Stamford 13

South Kortright amassed 15 hits in its Delaware League road victory.

Kelsey Little went 4-for-6 and Savannah Hobbie finished 3-for-5 for the Rams, who got a home trun from Lexi DuBois.

Kayla Craft, Courtney Soule and Taylor Sherwood had two hits apiece for SK, which scored in every inning except the first.

Gabby Rion doubled and singled to lead Stamford.

Downsville 26, Margaretville 16

Winning pitcher Kaileen Townsend homered in the second inning to help host Downsville to a Delaware League victory.

Chelsea Doig contributed two hits and three RBIs and Leigha LaTourette also had three RBIs for the Eagles (5-6), who need a win today at home against Jefferson to qualify for sectionals.

Rachel Mathiesen had three hits and two RBIs for Margaretville.

Schenevus 19, CV-S 3

Winning pitcher Taylor Spranger hit two home runs to lead Schenevus to a road victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Alyssa Turner had four hits, including a double and a home run, and teammates Stephanie Pepaj and Vickie Hubbard contributed three hits a piece.

Maddie Archer tripled for the Patriots, who finish the season 3-14.