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April 25, 2013

Cring pitches no hitter

Coop senior beats Westmoreland Monday, named Mudville MVP Saturday

Cooperstown senior Nicole Cring had a big week for Cooperstown softball. She tossed a no hitter on Monday and was named MVP of the Mudville Tournament on Saturday.

On Monday, Cooperstown senior Cring (5-0) threw her second no-hitter against the Bulldogs in as many seasons, guiding the visiting team to a 10-0 softball victory in the Center State Conference.

Cring struck out 13 Westmoreland batters Monday. Last season, she struck out 15 Bulldogs in an April 16 no-hitter.

“Her fastball was working well early, as was her screwball,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said. “Later on, she worked in the change-up.

“She was around the plate all night,” Bliss continued, noting that Cring (5-0) walked two over her seven innings of work. “There were only a few three-ball counts.”

Cring also had an impact offensively, driving a three-run triple as part of her 2-for-5 day at the plate.

Teammates Maggie Hall and Erin Hascup also contributed two hits apiece.

Cring has three varsity no-nos. Her other one came against Waterville on May 9, 2012.

On Saturday, Cring homered and threw a four-hitter in Cooperstown’s 5-2 win over Stockbridge Valley and then struck out 13 in a six-hitter as Cooperstown beat St. Lawrence, 2-1.

“We beat two quality teams,”  Bliss said. 

Both opponents were undefeated coming into the tournament.

Against perennial Section Three Class D power Stockbridge Valley, Cring homered in the second inning to give Cooperstown a 1-0 lead.

Cooperstown scored four times in the fourth inning to extend its lead to 5-0. Maggie Hall led off with a triple and scored on Lexi Duda’s single. Jen Flynn contributed an RBI single in the inning.

Cring finished 2-for-3. She also had six strikeouts and walked two.

“Our defense played very well,” Bliss said. “They made a lot of plays behind her.”

Against defending Section 10, Class C champion St. Lawrence, Cooperstown scored single runs in the first and fourth innings.

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