Greene softball program takes big leap forward

BINGHAMTON – Knocking on the door of a sectional softball championship the past four years, Greene broke through Saturday afternoon against Thomas A. Edison.

Stringing together one sharply-struck hit after another, the Trojans built a 6-0 lead over the final two innings, and survived a shaky bottom-of-the-seventh to beat Thomas A. Edison, 6-2, in the Section IV Class C title game at the BAGSAI Complex.

It was the third championship game in four seasons for Greene (19-4), who have won nine straight games since a 1-0 shutout loss to Oxford on May 4. “I haven’t said anything to the team about how many games we’ve won in a row,” said Greene coach Rick Smith. “It’s the seniors who have taken big steps the last few weeks as far as keeping the team calm, and the younger ones have stepped up. They haven’t tried to do too much, and just do their jobs.”

The Trojans did their job well on the defensive end most of the way, and the hitting finally came to life in the sixth. To that point, Greene had four hits in five innings, and only once – the fourth frame – did it have as many as two baserunners against Edison hurler Elizabeth Warren. “We were a little nervous in the early part of the game, and I think that was part of the reason (we weren’t) hitting,” said Greene junior second baseman Morgan Willis. “We finally relaxed and started our bats.”

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