Schenevus wins first TVL softball title since 2012

CHERYL CLOUGH Richfield Springs first baseman Kennadi Butler stretches to catch a throw as Schenevus runner Alexis Hults beats it during the Tri-Valley League softball championship Wednesday at SUNY Oneonta. 

Schenevus starting pitcher Erika Spranger saved her best game of the season for the most important as she pitched seven innings and struck out six to earn the win over No. 4 Richfield Springs in Wednesday’s Tri-Valley League championship game.

“It was the best game of the year that she’s thrown,” Schenevus head coach Ron Spranger said. “The whole team played one of their best games of the entire season.”

The win gives Schenevus its first league championship since 2012.

“The girls are super excited,” coach Spranger said. “They deserve all the credit in the world for all the work they’ve done.”

Erika Spranger started the game in dominating fashion, retiring the first eight batters she faced before the ninth reached on an error.

On offense, the Dragons wasted no time getting going. Scheneves scored a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second to go ahead, 3-0.

Richfield Springs made it 3-2 in the fourth, but Schenevus’ Alexis Hults got the lead back to three with a two-run double off of Richfield Springs starting pitcher Kirsten Hess.

Four more runs by the Dragons in the fifth made it 9-2. The Indians got a run in the sixth and another in the seventh but it wasn’t enough to pull off the comeback.

Evonna Mower and Kennedi Butler each went 2-for-4 for Richfield Springs in the loss. Mower had two RBIs and Butler had one.

Hults finished with three RBIs and teammate Hannah Osborne went 2-for-2 with four runs scored.

The two teams face off again on Friday in the first round of the Section IV Class D Tournament. The No. 11 Indians travel to sixth-seeded Schenevus at 4:30 p.m.

Laurens 11, Milford 3

Laurens scored all 11 of its runs in the first three innings of Monday’s game, as the Leopards beat Milford at home.

This was Laurens’ first game since being upset by No. 4 Richfield Springs in the first round of the Tri-Valley League tournament on Monday.

“Comming off that loss on Monday the girls really rallied and played well,” Laurens head coach Andy Carr said. “It was more of a tune-up game for both teams than anything, but It was good to see them come out and hit the ball well.”

Laurens (13-2) scored five runs in the first, five more in the second and one in the third to make it 11-1.

Skyler White got the start in the circle for Laurens, allowing five hits and walking three while striking out five in six innings of work.

Karly Barra, Hayley Martin and Ashley Wikoff each had two hits for the Leopards. Wikoff also had two RBIs.

Milford’s Sam Harvey had a triple and a double in the loss. Her teammate Becky Miller hit 2-for-4.

Rhia Beers had Laurens’ only extra-base hit, a double.

The No. 2 Leopards host No. 15 Morris on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the Section IV Class D tournament.

Milford (7-6), the No. 10 ranked team, travels to No. 7 Hancock on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Deposit 3, Bainbridge-Guilford 0

Makenzie Stiles allowed three hits and struck out 10 to lead No. 1 Deposit to a victory at home over No. 2 Bainbrige-Guilford in the Midstate Athletic Conference (MAC) championship game Wednesday.

Catcher Bryn Martin “paced our offense once again,” Deposit coach Dan Briggs said.

Martin singled in her first at-bat and her sister Kyra knocked her in with a single to make the lead 1-0.

“She has been very consistent the last half of the season seeing the ball well and hitting the ball well,” Briggs said.

B-G starter Kori Thornton walked five Lumberjacks over four innings, but patience and good eyes were the key, Briggs said.

“Thornton was a little off but we battled and had great at bats, fouling off pitches with two strikes and forcing walks,” he said.

The Bobcats outfielders kept the score close with four assists, throwing runners out at second and third as well as two runners at the plate.

Deposit scored another run in the bottom of the second and one more in the fifth.

No. 1 Deposit, the 1-seed in the Section IV Class D tournament, will host No. 16 Worcester today at 4:30 p.m. in the first round.

Oneonta 10, Unatego 2

Kelly Weeks gave up one run over four innings and Ally Baker gave up one in the last three innings to pace Oneonta to a victory in a non-league warm-up for sections Wednesday in Oneonta.

“Weeks and Baker did a great job pitching for us today,” Oneonta head coach Randy Brockway said.

Weeks hit 2-for-4 with an RBI and Baker was 1-for-3 with three RBIs to fuel the offense.

The Spartans got on the board first, scoring a single run in the top of the first. Unatego didn’t score again until the seventh.

After the Yellowjackets answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first to tie it, Brockway started playing small ball with his team, bunting and stealing bases to break the game open.

It paid dividends in the third when three hits by Oneonta forced three throwing errors by the Spartans defense, resulting in two runs for the 3-1 lead.

The Yellowjackets scored five runs in the fourth.

Maria Farrell went 2-for-4 from the plate and Robin Wolf-Gould went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the win for Oneonta.

Jaci Zaveral went 2-for-4 and Mallory Frazier had an RBI on a fielders choice for Unatego in the loss.

Mallory Frazier took the loss, with Paige McCoy relieving her in the fifth and Hali Lucia catching for the entirety.

“Lucia did a great job behind the plate for Unatego, throwing out three of our runners and slowing us down on the base paths,” Brockway said.

Oneonta will travel to play Johnson City today at 4:45 p.m. to close regular season play. The Section IV Class B tournament begins next week.

Herkimer 13, Cooperstown 7

Kurstin Gay went 3-for-5 and had two seventh-inning three-run home runs to help Herkimer to a 10-run seventh inning and a come-from-behind win on the road versus Cooperstown (7-7) on Wednesday.

Lauren Vibbard went 3-for-4 and three runs scored, Meghan Perrino went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Leslie Boyles went 3-for-3 three RBI and Katie Boyle went 2-for-4 and two RBI for the Hawkeyes in the loss.

Cooperstown next plays at Little falls on Thursday at 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Tri-Valley League Championship

Schenevus 9, Richfield Springs 4

Richfield Springs 000 201 1 – 4 6 1

Schenevus 120 240 x– 9 8 4

Erika Spranger (W, 3-0) and Camielah Widman. Kirsten Hess (L) and Evonna Mower.

2B: Kennedi Butler (R), Alexis Hults (S), Cassie Snyder (S)

3B. Evonna Mower (R)

Laurens 11, Milford 3

Milford 100 001 1 – 3 7 1

Laurens 551 000 x– 11 10 4

Skyler White (W), Rachelle Soucia (7) and Alexa Evans and Hannah Faulkner (4). Leanna West, Jenna Banks (5) and Ally Morrison.

2B: Rhia Beers (L), Sam Harvey (M)

3B: Sam Harvey (M)

MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Deposit 3, Bainbridge-Guilford 0

B-G 000 000 0 - 0 3 2

Deposit 110 010 x – 3 5 1

Makenzie Stiles (W) and Bryn Martin. Kori Thornton (L), Morgan Neilberg (5) and Megan Palmatier. 2B: Bri Barber (B), Kassidy Davi (B).

Oneonta 10, Unatego 2

Unatego 100 000 1 - 2 4 6

Oneonta 102 502 x – 10 9 1

Kelly Weeks (W), Ally Baker (5) and Riley Falconio-Grey. Mallory Frazier (L), Paige McCoy (5) and Hali Lucia. 2B: Robin Wolf-Gould (O). 3B: Kelly Weeks (O).

Herkimer 13, Cooperstown 7

Herkimer 003 000 10 - 13 10 2

Cooperstown 130 120 0 – 7 12 4

Emily Jory (W) and Marion Leskovar. Natalie Brotherton (L) and Hailey Seamon. 2B: Meghan Perrino (C), Eliza Marosic (H). HR: Kurstin Gay (H) 2.

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