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August 29, 2013

Cring wins softball player of the year

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It was a season of firsts for CCS. The team won its first league title, winning the Center State Conference Division Three title with a perfect 12-0 record. It beat rival Hamilton for the first time – or at least the first time that anyone in the program can remember – and followed that up by sweeping the Emerald Knights. On April 26, Cring pitched a perfect game against Morrisville-Eaton, which her coaches believe was the first perfect game in school history. Then Cooperstown had its first undefeated regular season. Finally, CCS softball won its first share of a section crown, taking the Section Three, C-1 title with a 2-1 win over Herkimer on May 30 before losing to C-2 champ Sandy Creek 6-4 on June 1 at Le Moyne College.

Cring shined in that game too, bringing her team back from a 6-0 deficit with a grand slam.

As good as they were, Cring’s pitching stats were comparable to Oneonta sophomore Brianna Baker’s, but it was her batting stats that helped put her in a class by herself this season. Cring hit .451 with eight home runs, six triples, four doubles, 35 RBIs, 23 runs and a slugging average of 1.014.

“It’s funny, because I just saw Bri play at a 16-and-under tournament,” Cring said of her teammate on the elite summer-league TC Tremors. “She’s a great player. It is a real honor to win it over her.”

In addition to her pitching records, Cring leaves Cooperstown with the highest single season batting average (.451) and the single season record for triples (6); she is also tied with Maggie Hall for career triples with 9.

While her pitching improved in early morning sessions with Weeks in Hartwick, her hitting skills got progressively better the past two seasons with the Tremors on Sundays during the travel season.

“That was all because of Sunday practice,” she said. “We would have these three hour long hitting practices. We had a really good hitting coach come in, Rob Crews. He taught me so many things. I think the most important thing was he taught me to sit back and relax at the plate … just how to breathe and relax into my swing.”

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