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.