Milford finally broke through with a run in the fifth. Mataiah Waters reached base on a comebacker that Johnson misplayed, then took second on a wild pitch. Kaley Chase followed with an RBI single to make it 4-1.
The Panthers restored their four-run cushion in the bottom frame, though. Talbot and Smith hit back-to-back singles and advanced on a groundout by Lawrence. Johnson followed with an RBI groundout as Talbot scored to make it 5-1.
Marina Steele’s RBI double in the sixth plated Natasha Skillen, who reached base on a misplayed flyball to third, to cap the scoring.
Steele finished 2-for-3 for the Wildcats, who are seeded sixth for the Section Four Class D Tournament. Milford opens at home against No. 11 Windham of the Delaware League at 4:30 p.m. today.
Talbot (three runs, two stolen bases) and Smith each went 2-for-3 for the Panthers, who are seeded fifth for sectionals. Edmeston also drew a Delaware League opponent as it will host Davenport at 4:30 p.m. today in the first round.
“We have to take one game at a time,” said Plows, whose team is on the same side of the brackets as top-seeded Afton of the Midstate Athletic Conference. “Having this many seniors, they’re out to do the best they can do. They’re all going to be good teams (in sectionals), but if we just do our best, things should turn out well.”
Edmeston 5, Milford 2
at Oneonta State
Milford 000 011 0 - 2 6 1
Edmeston 101 210 x - 5 8 3
Kaitlin Van Winkler (L) and Natasha Skillen. Catherine Johnson (W,16-2) and Sarah Lawrence. 2B: Sarah Lawrence (E), Marina Steele (M).