Windsor coach Bill Waldron then made a pitching change, taking out eighth-grader Paige Rauch in favor of senior Morgan Starley. Rauch held the Yellowjackets to two runs _ one earned _ on four hits. She struck out nine and walked none.
“With the style that Oneonta throws at you, if you have someone who can hit spots and we play good defense, that will keep you in the game,” Waldron said of Rauch, making her third appearance in the circle this season.
Added Brockway: “That’s the first time we’ve seen her and she seems to be a good pitcher. She has a nice change-up. (Rauch) and Starley are both quality pitchers. Windsor has a good duo there.”
Starley got ahead 0-2 on Erin Mushtare before hitting Oneonta’s No. 3 batter to load the bases. Brianna Haines then drove a 1-2 pitch the opposite way for an RBI single to right that tied the score at 2.
Up stepped Shelby Cleaveland, who has four hits against Starley this season. She had two hits in Oneonta’s 1-0 loss at home early in the season and two more in the Yellowjackets’ 2-0 win at Windsor.
But on an 0-1 pitch, Cleaveland missed a bunt attempt on a high pitch. Lockwood then threw a strike to third baseman Alexa Cary to get Dower, who ventured too far off the bag. Cleaveland popped out to Starley on the next pitch to end the inning.
“I called timeout and went out,” Waldron said of strategy session in the circle before Cleaveland’s at-bat. “Allison is a quick catcher and they have very quick people, and a lot of times quick people are very aggressive on the bases. I thought it may have been the one chance to get us out of the inning and really turn the momentum. I think it did.”