“If only we could have gotten back around to the top of the order, I think we could have gotten to her,” Cooperstown assistant coach Glen Noto said.
The Comets took advantage of two Cooperstown errors to take the lead.
In the third inning, Shania Darling reached base on a pop up to the left side of the infield. Cring called for the ball, but third baseman Lexi Duda kept coming. The two never touched, but they got close enough that Cring lost her concentration and dropped the ball, which took a bounce and rolled into foul territory.
Darling took second on the play and then advanced to third on Kendra Valley’s fielder’s choice. She scored on Claflin’s chopper up the middle.
Claflin stole second before Grace Wallace came on as a courtesy runner. Wallace took third on a wild pitch before scoring on Jordan Miller’s single.
In the fourth inning, Karintha Myslivecek led off with a single to left field. She stole second and third, and then scored when catcher Hascup’s throw bounced past Duda and Maggie Hall and into left field.
“They’re high school girls, they’re going to make mistakes sometimes,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said. “We made two mistakes and it cost us. They made two mistakes and it didn’t hurt them as bad.”
In the fifth, Sandy Creek made it 6-0 with a two-out rally.
Viktoria White singled to right field. Courtesy runner Brittany Valley stole second and scored on Miller’s bloop single that center fielder Alannah Haggerty just missed catching. Miller took second on Haggerty’s throw home and third on a passed ball. Michaela Martin then walked and took second uncontested, setting up Myslivecek for a two-run bloop to right field.
Cooperstown’s rally in the sixth started with a one-out error.