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May 30, 2013

Hancock ends softball season for MCS

Staff report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Third-seeded Hancock scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away from visiting Milford in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal on Tuesday. 

Demi Travis went 4-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs for Hancock. She hit a three-run triple in the sixth inning.

Winning pitcher Lea Newman struck out seven and walked one, improving her record to 13-4 on the season.

Kaley Chase’s home run in the third tied the score at 1 for sixth-seeded Milford, which ended its season at 15-3. Milford’s Maddy Zenir went 2-for-3.

Hancock (16-4), which broke a 1-all tie with three runs in the fifth inning, will play the winner of the Roxbury/Deposit quarterfinal today in a Section Four Class D semifinal.

Hancock 11, Milford 1

Section Four Class D


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Kaitlin VanWinkler (L), Kaley Chase (6) and Natasha Skillen. Lea Newman (W,13-4) and Caitlin Wormuth. 3B: Demi Travis (H) 2. HR: Kaley Chase (M).


Section Three Class C-1


Behind victories from Lucy Ford and Kristin Ratliff, Cooperstown’s girls finished third in the Section Three Class C-1 meet  at Sauquoit Valley.

Ford, on the mend from an ankle injury, cleared 5-0 to win the high jump.

Ratliff’s big meet included a first-place showing in the 400 hurdles (1:10.40), a second-place effort in the 2,000 steeplechase (school-record 7:48.4) and a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles (17.07).

Ford also placed third in the shot put (29-21/4) and Liz Millea tied for the third in the pole vault (7-6).

Cooperstown’s 400 relay team of Maya Wasson, Ford, Millea and Chantel Huntington placed second in 53.47.

Cooperstown finished with 70 points in a meet won by Tully with 114. The host school was second with 91.5.

Cooperstown’s boys placed seventh last Thursday at Morrisville-Eaton with 37.5 points. Tully won with 137.5.

Johnny Zhang paced Cooperstown with a victory in the triple jump. He covered 39-8 ½.

Joe Harmon and Jimi Scrafford finished second in the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively. Harmon crossed in 4:38.91 and Scrafford finished in 10:39.35.



Cooperstown had three singles players and one doubles team advance to the finals in the Section Three Class C-2 tournament at Utica Parkway.

Cooperstown’s Jimmy Anania lost in the final of the first singles bracket. 

Anania opened with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Watertown IHC’s Samuel Purcell. He then defeated Westmoreland’s Zach Dunning, 6-1, 6-4, in a semifinal. In the final, Anania lost, 6-2, 6-3, to Matt Miller of Bishop Grimes.

At second singles, Cooperstown’s Jason Cadwalader defeated Westmoreland’s Connor Acee, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals. Cadwalader fell in the final to Bishop Grimes’ Grigoriy Belyaevskiy, 6-1, 6-3.

Will Cadwalader advanced to the final at third singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win over LaFayette’s Eric Reed and a 6-3, 6-4 semifinal win over Alexandria Bay’s Parker Garlock. He lost, 6-4, 7-6, to Bishop Grimes’ Dan Ostaszewski in the final.

Cooperstown’s second doubles team of Max Clinton and Andrew Von Tsurikov won its first two matches in straight sets before falling, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to Poland’s Branden Garrett and Andrew Taverne in the final.


Milford 11, Windham 1


Natasha Skillen went 2-for-4 with four RBIs, and teammates Peggy Paffenroth and Mataiah Waters finished with three hits apiece to lead sixth-seeded Milford to a Section Four Class D first-round win at home.

Windham, the 11th seed, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Jane Rion doubled and scored as Kali Drum reached on a throwing error.

But Milford responded with seven runs in the bottom of the inning. Addy Lawson and Skillen tripled in the inning, with Skillen’s hit scoring two runs, Maddy Zenir had a two-run single and Waters contributed an RBI single in the inning.

Winning pitcher Kaitlin Van Winkler struck out five walked two in a four-hitter for the Wildcats (15-2).

Cooperstown 3, Thousand Islands 2


A lefty made everything all right for the Cooperstown softball team.

Christina Noto’s RBI triple to left field with one out in the bottom of the seventh gave top-seeded Cooperstown a 3-2 home victory over No. 8 seed Thousand Islands in a Section Three Class C-1 quarterfinal.

“She had hit four or five (foul) balls to left field every at-bat,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said of Noto, who also tripled in the third inning but was later thrown out at the plate on a fielder’s choice. “She scorched a rocket that was caught in the first inning, she tripled in the third and she hit another hard ball to left in the fifth. We gave the left fielder a lot of work today. They were playing deep because we were hitting the ball hard there all day long.”

Noto sent her walkoff triple over the left fielder to plate Jennifer Flynn, who singled to center with one out.

“The left fielder misjudged it just a hair because she took a couple of steps in at first,” Bliss said of the winning hit, which allowed Flynn to score the winning run without a play at the plate.

Cooperstown gave winning pitcher Nicole Cring a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Alannah Haggerty singled and scored on a triple by Maggie Hall, who made it 2-0 after Lexi Duda popped up to the first-base side.

“The catcher, the first baseman and the pitcher all went for it and left home plate open,” Bliss said. “The first baseman dropped it, but Maggie probably would have scored even if she caught it because nobody was covering the plate.”

Thousand Islands took advantage of two Cooperstown errors in the fourth to put runners at second and third against Cring. Although she struck out the next batter, Cring threw a wild pitch to allow one run to score. Thousand Islands then tied it on a passed ball charged to catcher Erin Hascup with two out.

“That’s a little bit unusual,” Bliss said. “We haven’t been making those kinds of mistakes. After that one little blip there, we had to survive.”

Cring struck out 10 in a two-hitter to improve to 18-0 this season for Cooperstown.

Bliss said Thousand Islands finished its season at 8-9, and all nine of its losses came against state-ranked teams.

“They’re a very solid eight-seed,” he said. “A lot of their losses were close. Four of them were one-run games, including today. We were fortunate we got through that.”