The pitching showdown with Hamilton’s ace Becca Rogers again did not materialize because Rogers is still recovering from an injury to her right shoulder. Cydnee Welsh pitched again for Hamilton. She gave up five runs on eight hits, walked eight and hit two in the loss. Hamilton’s coach Bill Dowsland said he hopes to have Rogers, who has been playing second base, back in the circle this week.
Hamilton scored in the first inning. Jessica Welsh led off with a single to right field, just beating a throw by Vibbard from the outfield to first base. Welsh stole two bases and scored on a single to left field by Kelby Watkins.
Cooperstown tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Alannah Haggerty was hit by a pitch. She moved to second on Hall’s walk and then scored on a fielder’s choice.
Haggerty, who was playing in only her second game of the season after a high ankle sprain, scored again in the fourth inning. She was hit again, advanced on Lexi Duda’s single and scored on an error.
Hamilton tied the game in the fifth inning on a home run by Hayden Nolan, the Knights’ No. 9 hitter.
Cooperstown stranded 13 base runners, had two more thrown out at home plate and another picked off trying to take third base.
“Our base running made me want to pull my hair out,” Bliss said. “We had a lot of opportunities. Up there (at Hamilton) we found a lot of green. Today we didn’t find the green when we had runners in scoring position.”
Still, Bliss said he was happy to win another close game. Last season the team lost close games to Hamilton and in the playoffs against Weedsport. “We need to go through some of these games before we get to sectionals, because that’s the way it will be once we get there,” he said.