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May 8, 2014

Freshman pitcher helps CCS softball stay hot


Baker, Weeks’ granddaughter, was the first to undergo year-round training with Weeks. Sams, a four-year starter, followed and broke most of Baker’s records. Cring followed Sams and while she did take most of the single-season records, she didn’t make enough starts to take the career records.

But with the prospect of four years in the circle for CCS, Noto has the chance to beat everyone’s pitching records.

“She has three pitches she throws down very well and a fourth that she is working on,” Bliss said. “She has a fastball, a curveball and a screwball already. She can locate all three of them well. She also has a change-up. Honestly she can throw that well too, but it is maybe a case of her having to get a little more confidence in that pitch.”

Senior shortstop Maggie Hall has been the team leader on and off the field. Hall has committed to play softball in college at Division II Bloomsberg University. She helps her team with her glove and her bat. The only problem has been getting her quality at bats.

“Maggie of course is our leader,” said Bliss, who last season called her the best position player he had ever coached. “The problem is people don’t pitch to her. They either walk her or they pitch to her very carefully.”

Once on base, however, Hall still finds ways to score runs and win games.

“She did that against Sauquoit Valley,” Bliss said about Hall’s game-winning run in a 2-1 victory on April 24. “She was hit by a pitch, stole second and took third on a passed ball. She then scored the game winner on a (double) steal.”

Junior first baseman Christina Noto and sophomore second baseman Jennifer Flynn return to give Cooperstown a solid defensive infield. Noto and Hall were both Daily Star All-Stars last season. Flynn took over as the starting second baseman last season because of an injury to Alannah Haggerty. Haggerty returned, but Flynn’s defense was so good, Haggerty got bumped to center field.

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