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May 16, 2013

Milford softball clinches TV-East tie

First loss to Richfield sets up possible tie-breaker

Staff report
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---- — Five players had extra-base hits for host Milford, which overcame an early 3-0 deficit to clinch at least a tie for the Tri-Valley League East Division title with a 6-4 win over Worcester on Monday.

Peggy Paffenroth’s two-run homer in the sixth tied the score at 4 for the Wildcats, who followed with a double from Natasha Skillen and an RBI triple from Serena Chase. Dawn Pickwick then drove in Chase with a groundout to cap the scoring.

“For the conditions, this was a well-played game,” Milford coach Jim Weir said. “Both pitchers battled the elements and did a nice job tonight.”

Kaitlin VanWinkler (11-1) struck out four in a six-hitter for the Wildcats, who also received triples from Addy Lawson and Maddy Zenir.

Losing pitcher Monica Ridgeway allowed no other hits. She and Madison Wright had two hits apiece for the Wolverines.

Milford (13-1, 11-1) visited Richfield Springs (9-4, 9-2) after deadline on Wednesday.

Should RS win both of its last two games, it will share the division title with Milford and force a tie-breaker today for the right to represent the East in the Tri-Valley League championship game against West Division winner Edmeston on Friday at Oneonta State.

Should RS lose either game, Milford will clinch the division title and advance to the crossover.

Last Thursday, Kaity Richvalsky struck out 12, walked four and scattered seven hits as Richfield Springs gave Milford its first loss of the season and stayed alive for the division title with a 5-4 road victory.

After giving up one run in the seventh, Richvalsky allowed  Waters and  Chase to reach base for first-and-second situation with one out. Richvalsky then went to a full count with the next batter, Paffenroth, leading to the second out.

“Peggy thought it was 3-2 before the pitch, so she went to first and the runners started to advance,” Weir said.

RS catcher Emma Miner then threw out Waters at third for the second out. Paffenroth followed with an RBI single, but Richvalsky struck out her last batter to secure the victory for RS.

Miner contributed two of the Indians’ four hits and an RBI.

Waters and  Zenir (RBI) had two hits apiece for the Wildcats who got eight strikeouts in a four-hitter by Kaitlin Van Winkler.