The Cooperstown baseball team has received the third seed in the upcoming Section Three Class C-1 tournament, and will host sixth seed Lafayette at 5 p.m. at Doubleday Field in a quarterfinal contest.
The Redskins are 12-6 overall, and won Division II of the Center State Conference with a 9-1 mark. Seedings are based on league records only. Westmoreland is the top seed, followed by IHC, while Tully is seeded fourth.
``I know Lafayette has four kids who hit the ball really well this season and three pitchers who pitched equally well,’’ said Cooperstown baseball coach Frank Miosek. ``I don’t think we have a very big advantage over them other than the fact we’re at home.’’
Miosek said either senior Kyle Liner or sophomore Jarrett Hotaling would likely get the pitching start for his team. Liner is 4-0 on the hill this season, while Hotaling is 4-1. The pair also had the top two batting averages for Cooperstown this season. Liner will play for Division I Binghamton next season.
The winner of today’s game will play at IHC in a semifinal contest in Watertown on Saturday.
SOFTBALL WINS FINALE
The Cooperstown softball team defeated Sauquoit, 3-2 in its regular season finale, giving them a home game for sectionals in the process.
With the win, the Redskins improved to 7-3 in league play, and hosted Sauquoit on Wednesday in a Section Three Class C-1 quarterfinal contest.
Cooperstown, the fourth seed, defeated Sauquoit, the fifth seed, twice this season, both times by just one run.
``It was a big win for us,’’ said head coach Dave Bliss. ``If we had lost we would have been on the road for our first game.’’
Cooperstown built a 3-0 lead as Samantha Borgstrom had an RBI triple in the first inning, and Cailin Huggins and RBI single in the fifth.
Pinch runner Erin Henrici also scored on a wild throw as she tried to move from second to third on a passed ball.
The Redskins and pitcher Anna Sams held the three run lead until the top of the seventh inning, when Sauquoit struck for three straight singles, a sacrifice and another single to pull within 3-2 with runners on second and third and one out.
But Sams bore down and struck out the next two batters to end the game.
In addition to her triple, Borgstrom, the team’s catcher, threw out three Sauquoit base runners. Miranda Menhinick was 2-for-3 on her birthday.
The winner of Wednesday’s game will travel to face top seed South Lewis in a C-1 semifinal contest. Bliss said if Cooperstown advances, they will play without Sams, who will be out of town at a family obligation.
Huggins, a senior, would get the pitching start, Bliss said. Thousand Islands is the second seed and Little Falls is seeded third.
Cooperstown lost to Little Falls in the Class C semifnals last season.