Senior pitcher Nicole Cring struck out five in a three-hitter leading Cooperstown to a 9-1 Center State Conference victory at Sauquoit Valley.
Cring (RBI), Ellen Vibbard (RBI) and Jennifer Flynn (two RBIs) had three hits apiece for CSC Division III champion Cooperstown, which is the state’s third-ranked Class C team.
Alannah Haggerty contributed two hits for Cooperstown (18-0, 12-0), which finished the regular season undefeated, and will host a Section Three Class C game today at 4:30 p.m.
Cooperstown 9, SV 1
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Nicole Cring (W,17-0) and Erin Hascup. Shania Taylor (L) and Samnatha Critelli. 2B: Alannah Haggerty (C). 3B: Jenna Mazza (S).
Milford 10, Richfield Springs 7
Kaley Chase and Natasha Skillen hit two-run doubles during a seven-run fourth inning that carried visiting Milford to a 10-7 softball victory at Richfield Springs that clinched the Tri-Valley League East Division title for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats trailed, 6-1, entering the fourth.
In addition to the doubles by Chase and Skillen, Maddy Zenir, Addy Lawson and Marina Steele hit RBI singles in the fourth inning as the Wildcats took an 8-6 lead.
“Oh, my God, it was like the Fourth of July,” Milford coach Jim Weir said of his team’s fourth inning. “We just started ripping it. It was like something that was contagious. The kids gutted it out. They decided they weren’t going to be turned away.”
Richfield Springs (10-5, 10-3) needed a victory to force a tiebreaker.
The Indians started fast, scoring five times in the first inning, when Rebecca Smith hit a two-run double and Meghan Cantwell had an RBI single.
“We got the jump on them, but we lost traction halfway through,” RS coach Jay Lehmann said. “We gave it away on some bad base-running mistakes. We were overly aggressive running and made some mistakes that cost us.”