The Cooperstown baseball team continued their surprising strong season on Tuesday with a 10-5 win over Canastota, clinching the Center State Conference Division II title in the process.
``I’m pleasantly surprised at our success this season,’’ said head coach Frank Miosek. ``We had to replace half the infield and all the outfield from last year’s team.’’
The Redskins still had four-year starter Kyle Liner, though, and he pitched a complete game on Tuesday, striking ou 11 while also doubling and homering to help his own cause.
``This season has been a real team effort with key contributions from almost everyone,’’ Miosek said.
Junior Jimmy Donley hit a three-run double with two outs in the bottom of the third which gave Cooperstown a 6-2 lead.
Jarrett Hotaling, Greg Broderson and Matt Pink all doubled as well.
The win aveneged a 13-0 loss at Canastota earlier this season, the Redskins lone league loss of the season.
``That game was right after spring break and we were better prepared today,’’ Miosek said. ``They have two quality pitchers and we were fortunate to get 10 runs.’’
Cooperstown, 11-4 overall and 8-1 in league play, hosts Sauquoit Friday at the high school field for the final regular season game, and sectional seedings and pairings will be announced Sunday.
Miosek said his team may be in line for a home game in the first round.
``They base it just on league record, and if we win Friday we’ll be 9-1,’’ he said.
CCS SOFTBALL OUT OF LEAGUE RACE
The Cooperstown softball team’s dreams of a league title went up in smoke on Tuesday, as they were nohit and shutout by league power Canastota, whoclinched the division with an 8-0 victory.
``We needed to play a near perfect game and we didn’t,’’ said head coach Dave Bliss, adding that Holli Erkson’s stellar defensive play in right field was CCS’s lone highlight.
Cooperstown did play a nearly perfect game on Friday, defeating Ilion, 7-1, in a non-league game.
Stephanie Hascup hit a two-run home run and winning pitcher Anna Sams had 13 strikeouts in the victory, which avenged an earlier season loss at Ilion.
``That’s probably as well as we’ve played all season,’’ Bliss said. ``That’s the way we want to play when sectionals start.’’
CCS will learn its sectional seeding on Sunday.
They host Sauquoit on Friday in the regular season finale and seniors Sawyer Graham, Miranda Menhinick, Cailin Huggins, Hascup and Erin Henrici will be honored before the game.
Cooperstown, 10-5 and 6-3, lost in the Section Three Class C semifinal to Ilion last year and Bliss said before the season the team’s main goal was to win a sectional title this year.