Evening Sun Report
Schenevus 9, G-MU 7
COPES CORNERS – Bang, bang, and G-MU’s seventh-inning rally and 2012 season were over.
Raiders lefty Jenny Mason hit a hard line drive up the middle that Schenevus pitcher Taylor Spranger snagged below her knees. With all of G-MU’s runners moving on the hit, Spranger had her choice of bases for the double play, and calmly threw back to first base for the final out.
“That’s what softball is all about. You make good plays and you make bad plays,” said G-MU coach Tina Cole. “If the game is going to end, I want it to end on something where the other team makes a great play like that rather than an error or a blooper.”
Schenevus stretched its lead to 8-2 in the top of the fifth with four runs, and needed all of those runs. After the first two runners in the inning reached by a hit by pitch and a walk, Maura Harrington hit an RBI single to left. An error on the play allowed another run to score, and Harrington came home on a single. An RBI single from Megan Tefft contributed to the damage.
G-MU battled back with four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Logan Eltz, who finished with three hits and two RBI, had an RBI single, and Mariah Bliss added a two-run single to right, part of her three RBI day.
Alicia Sebeck led G-MU (12-5) with four hits in four at-bats and two runs scored. Bliss had two hits as three players accounted for all nine of the Raiders’ basehits.
Spranger and Jessica Kruh scored twice for Schenevus, winners over Franklin earlier this week in the Tri-Valley League championship game. Sierra Bentley laced an RBI triple in the second inning for Schenevus, and finished with two hits.
“Winning the Tri-Valley League title certainly didn’t hurt them, and I think they came into the game playing with a lot of confidence,” Cole said of Schenevus. “The biggest difference (for us) from this game to the previous game is that our bats were going like crazy the first time with 21 hits, and today we weren’t hitting it as well.”
G-MU started its last-inning rally with a Sebeck lead-off double. Kelsey Ross walked, and Bliss’s RBI single drew her team within one. Miranda Hill reached on an error before Schenevus regrouped with an game-ending double play.
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Taylor Spranger (W) and Maura Harrington. Marissa Melrose (L), Jenny Mason (6) and Bri MacPherson. Doubles: (G) Alicia Sebeck, (S) Jessica Kruh. Triples: (S) Sierra Bentley.
Tioga 3, Oxford 1
TIOGA – Tioga collected both of its hits in a three-run sixth inning to surge past Oxford in the first round of the Class C playoffs.
Britt Bergason’s single in the sixth with two runners on combined with an outfield error allowed the tying and go-ahead runs to score. Donette Hutchinson followed with an RBI single.
Oxford briefly took the lead in the top half of the sixth. Lacey Barry singled, stole second and third, and scored on a throwing error to third base. “Tioga did a good job putting the ball in play, but we were able to field the ball well most of the game,” said Oxford coach Heather Pizza.
Jacquelyn Heggie struck out six and gave up two hits for Oxford (9-9) in taking the loss.
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Jac. Heggie (L) and Jul. Heggie. Sam Wood (W) and Britt Bergason.
Sherburne-Earlville 7, Adirondack 4
SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville’s offense came to life in the fifth and sixth innings to pick up a Section III playoff victory over Adirondack Thursday.
The Marauders (11-5) scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to grab the lead. Matt Crandall’s RBI triple scored Cole Hodges to tie the game, and Felix Rodriguez stroked an RBI triple to plate Crandall. Jake Bohnert and Matt Smith added RBI singles.
“It really was a gut check for us tonight, but the kids didn’t panic and were able to come through,” said S-E coach Brian Hicks.
Smith struck out eight and walked one in six innings to earn the victory.
Rodriguez, the number nine hitter for S-E, was a perfect 3-for-3, while Bohnert had two hits, two RBI, and four stolen bases. Crandall finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
S-E hosts General Brown Saturday at 11 a.m.
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