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May 30, 2013

CCS girls shut out Pulaski in semifinals


Cring struck out 10 and walked four in a two-hitter, but Pulaski kept the pressure on her with keen eyes and several foul balls that raised her pitch count.

Cring threw 30 pitches in the first inning alone. By comparison, it took Greene three innings to hit 30 pitches for Pulaski (11-8).

Cring, who broke her single-season program record for strikeouts, got out of a jam in the first inning.

After striking out the first two batters, she walked Potter and Atkinson. Potter stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Pinch-runner Cassie Horridge also stole second.

Jones then hit a sharp ball to second and almost beat it out, but a quick throw by Cooperstown second baseman Jen Flynn ended the threat.

“She went deep in the hole to end that inning,” Bliss said of Flynn, who accounted for eight outs, including a game-ending double play where she caught a line drive by Kate Geer and then threw to Noto at first to double off Ashley Monroe.

“She had a great game for us,” Cring said. “She really made some big plays.”

Hall went 3-for-3 and Erin Hascup went 2-for-3 for Cooperstown (20-0), which  played third-seeded Herkimer (19-3) for the C-1 championship in Rome last night after deadline. Herkimer advanced with a 4-3 semifinal victory over Little Falls on Monday.

The C-1 winner will play the C-2 champion, Weedsport or Sandy Creek, for the overall Section Three title at 2 p.m. Saturday at Le Moyne College.

Cooperstown 3, Pulaski 0

Section Three Class C1 semifinals

Pulaski 000 000 0 _ 0 2 3

Cooperstown 002 001 x _ 3 7 2

Libby Greene (L) and Rochelle Atkinson. Nicole Cring (W,19-0) and Erin Hascup.

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