Added Brockway: “If you go back to the sixth inning, we had an opportunity to get the bunt down and get the squeeze play. The way we read the defense was right, but we missed the bunt attempt and they threw down to third base. Tough play.”
In the top of the seventh, Baker struck out Cary and Courtney Vaccaro to start the inning. Lockwood then hit a bouncer to third that deflected off of Cami Cleaveland’s glove for an error. Benson followed by sending a 1-0 pitch halfway up the fence in right for a double that scored Lockwood to make it 3-2. Benson took third on the late throw to home and scored Windsor’s fourth run on a passed ball.
Both teams finished with five hits, but all three of the game’s extra-base hits went Windsor’s way and all three led to runs.
Rauch doubled to right-center with two outs in the first inning and scored on a single to left by Kamp. With two outs in the fifth, Lockwood drew the lone walk Baker issued and scored on Benson’s double to right-center to make it 2-1.
Benson struck out in her first two at-bats against Baker. She said shorter was better in her final two plate appearances.
“I wanted to shorten up my swing and make sure I got on base,” she said.
Brockway said Windsor’s doubles made the difference.
“I think the hitting was pretty much even throughout the game other than their hits got to the fence and ours stayed in the interior,” he said. “Battle for battle, it was pretty even other than the length of their hits.”
Oneonta broke through against Rauch in the fourth inning. Dower, who had two of Oneonta’s five hits, lined a single to center to start the inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice by Mushtare. Haines then flied out to right fielder Kylie Buchek. Dower tagged up and easily made it to third, and scored when Buchek’s throw went about 10 feet right of third. It tied the score at 1.