Sixth-seeded Cooperstown allowed five runs in the first two innings, just one of them earned, and never fully erased the deficit in a season-ending 9-7 loss to No. 3 Port Byron in the Section III Class C softball quarterfinals on Thursday, May 30.
“Realistically, we were one error away from winning, but that’s part of the game,” Cooperstown coach Dave Bliss said.
The Hawkeyes started the scoring in the top of the first with a single run, but PB responded with two in the first and three in the third.
The hosts stretched the deficit to 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth before the Hawkeyes closed the gap with five runs in the top of the fifth. Eighth-grader Danielle Seamon hit a two-run home run in the rally, which cut the deficit to just one at 6-5.
Cooperstown stranded two runners in the sixth and scored one run in the seventh, but it was not enough as two fifth-inning runs by Port Byron proved to be the difference.
Abigail Miller was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI for Cooperstown, while Lauren Vibbard was 2-for-4 with a triple. Hailey Seamon was 2-for-3 and Natalie Brotherton went 2-for-4.
The loss was just a second in 11 games for Cooperstown (11-8), which closed the year on a 9-2 run after a 2-6 start. The Hawkeyes won a fourth league title in five years and lose just two seniors, Vibbard and Hailey Seamon, to graduation.
“We got off to a slow start with the weather, but we made some adjustments, moved some people around and figured out what worked,” Bliss said. “ I’m proud of the girls and how hard they worked all season, keeping the outside noise away and and coming together for the end of the season.”