Wayland-Cohocton 16 Dansville 1
A handful of Wayland-Cohocton senior softball players were saluted in fine fashion on a chilly Monday (May 13) afternoon on the hill as “Senior Night” festivities took place following the team’s division one rival battle with Dansville. The Eagles flapped their wings and swung the bats in order to avenge an earlier season loss to the upstart Lady Mustangs. This time around it was all Golden Eagles as Way-Coh put the red & black away to the tune of 16-1 at the Nest.
The game started with both pitchers and defenses being featured, but once the Way-Coh offense got going, there was little Dansville could do to stop it as the Golden Eagles scored in every inning except the first in posting the win. After Dansville went down in order in the top of the first, Mustang leftie Kelsey Snyder used just 4 pitches to retire the maroon & gold in the bottom half of the inning. She hit Taylor Welytok with the 2nd pitch of the game. Jessie Hammers slapped the next pitch into a third to first double play on a looping liner that Amanda Irish picked off and fired to Billie Chappell at first to complete the twin killing. MacKenzie Weber stroked the first pitch back to the box & in the blink of an eye the half inning ws done. I was wondering if the bus was “double parked.” That wouldn’t be the case however as Way-Coh would put up a bunch of crooked numbers the rest of the way to run away with this one.
In the second frame a pair of walks came back to haunt the Mustangs. After Hannah McKelvey and Bri Sick worked out free-tickets, Hannah Kuhn singled one run home. Mikaela Nielsen doubled another around and Alyssa Recktenwald’s infield bouncer scored another. Jessie Hammers and Ashley Schumacher stroked doubles in the second inning and Schumacher would later score on a strikeout and a passed ball making it 5-0. Wayland-Cohocton went to town in the fourth when they scored a half-dozen runs. Coach Dave Stewart’s team would send 10 hitters to the plate. Key hits in the inning included Taylor Welytok’s 2 run triple, and Hannah McKelvey’s run scoring double. Wild pitches would also bring home 3 runs in the inning. A walk to Taylor Welytok and a double by Jessie Hammers accounted for another run in the home half of the 5th. Coach Nick Crawford’s club would score thier lone run in the top of the 6th with two outs when Bille Chappell doubled and scored on a hit by Jill Kahn. The home team finished things with a 4-spot in the bottom half which saw the first 3 hitters walk to set the table. Alyssa Recktenwald singled to drive the first run in. Taylor Welytok doulbed home two more, & then an infield grounder by Jessie Hammers would finish it.
Wayland-Cohocton (14-4, 6-1) saw MacKenzie Weber get the win working 6 strong innings of 4 hit softball while striking out nine, giving up one earned run,, and walked just one. She had plenty of offensive help as Way-Co hit a pair of Mustang hurlers for 12 hits in the game. Jessie Hammers beat an infield shift and went 3-5 with a double, two runs scored, and two rbis. Taylor Welytok was 2-3 with a double, triple and four runs batted in. She also scored twice. Hannah Kuhn went 2-3 scoring 3 runs and driving in one. Other offensive contributors with a hit apiece included MacKenzie Weber, Ashley Schumacher (double and a run), Hannah McKelvey ( double, run, rbi), Mikaela Nielsen (double, rbi) and Mariah Stock (rbi, run). Bri Sick and Paige Quinlan each scored one run, while Alex LaClair scored twice in the victory. Wayland-Cohocton visits Hornell on Wednesday afternoon, before wrapping up the regular season at home against Wellsville on Thursday. The 5 seniors who were honored following the game included Taylor Welytok, Paige Quinlan, Alex LaClair, Alyssa Recktenwald and Bri Sick.
Dansville (11-5) saw Kelsey Snyder start and work four innings allowing eight hits, nine earned runs, three K’s and three walks. Kaitlyn Hoag threw the final 1 1/3 innings giving up five earned runs, on four hits, with three strikeouts and four walks. Offensively the Mustangs only had four hits. Jill Kahn had two of them (2-3) with an rbi and a stolen base. Billie Chappel had a double and scored a run, while Kaitlyn Hoag had the other hit for Dansville. The Mustangs host Avoca on Wednesday and play a make-up game with Livonia at home on Thursday.