Wayland-Cohocton Sweeps Softball Tournament

Frank Williams —  Monday, May 13, 2013

The Wayland-Cohocton softball squad managed to keep the rain away on Saturday (May 11) afternoon and wound up sweeping a pair of opponents to keep the hardware at home in the Golden Eagles tournament at The Nest. Rain had hit the area Friday night and into early Saturday, but Way-Coh coach Dave Stewart and company managed to get the field playable and things went off without a hitch. The day would see Wayland-Cohocton come away with a double-header sweep as they would tame the Odyssey Leopards in the opener, and then sting the Yellowjackets from Perry in the championship contest.
Wayland-Cohocton opened the game by scoring 5 times in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead and establish the momentum for game # 1. The Golden Eagles would opened the day with a 16-1 victory over Greece Odyssey. In the first Taylor Welytok walked & Jessie Hammers singled. A series of wild pitches & stolen bases would move runners around. After MacKenzie Weber walked, Ashley Schumacher doubled home a couple of runs. Hannah Kuhn worked out a walk. The final runs scored when Mikaela Nielsen and Alyssa Recktenwald each singled. The home team tallied twice in the second inning as Jessie Hammers singled, MacKenzie Weber walked and Ashley Schumacher was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Bri Sick unloaded a double to drive in two runs making it a 7-0 advantage. In the third Alyssa Recktenwald and Taylor Welytok each singled and then Jessie Hammers’ walk would load the bases again. MacKenzie Weber singled home one run & then Ashley Schumacher knocked in two more with a hit. Singles by Jessie Hammers and Ashley Schumacher got the 6-run fifth inning going. An error loaded the bases on a ball hit by MacKenzie Weber. Pitching wildness then plagued Greece Odyssey as 4 walks would produce 3 more runs as base on balls to Paige Quinlan, Alex LaClair and Taylor Welytok. Jessie Hammers finished the scoring with a 2 run single making the final 16-1 in favor of Wayland-Cohocton.
Offensively in game # 1 Jessie Hammers was 4-4 with 3 runs scored, 2 rbis, and a stolen base. Ashley Schumacher went 3-3 with a double and drove in five runs and scored three times. Alyssa Recktenwald 2-2 with a run and drove one in. Other offensive contributors with a hit apiece included Taylor Welytok (two runs, rbi, stolen base) MacKenzie Weber (three runs, steal, rbi) Bri Sick (double, two rbis), and Mikaela Nielsen. Paige Quinlan and Alex LaClair each knocked in a run and scored one, while Hannah Kuhn and Hannah McKelvey each scored a run in the victory. Hannah McKelvey went to the circle and obtained the win working five strong innings allowing just one run on two hits. She struck out five and walked just one as her teammates backed her with a sixteen hit attack.
In game two the runs were a little tougher to come by, but the Golden Eagles would win the tournament with a 3-1 decision over Perry. All of Wayland-COhocton’s offense came in the first two innings of play as they would score once in the first and another single run in the second. Coach Dave Stewart’s team received a complete game effort on the slab from MacKenzie Weber to complete the sweep.
In the first inning Taylor Welytok singled and then a bunt and run single by Jessie Hammers would put runners at second and third. With two outs Hannah McKelvey came through with a huge double that drove in the first two runs of the ballgame. Way-Coh got the insurance run in when Mikaela Nielsen reached on an error in the second and then Taylor Welytok stroked a triple to make it 3-0. Perry would strike with a run in the fifth on Taylor Jurek’s rbi hit. The rest were goose eggs as the Eagles went 2-0 on the day recording a 3-1 victory in game # 2 to gain some momentum heading into the crucial Dansville game on Monday (May 13).
Wayland-Cohocton (13-4, 5-1) saw MacKenzie Weber go seven innings in getting the win giving up a run on six hits while fanning 13 and walking 2. For the Eagles offense Taylor Welytok led the way going 2-3 with a triple, an rbi and scored a run. Mikaela Nielsen and Jessie Hammers were each 2-3 with a run scored. Hannah McKelvey was 1-2 with a double and drove in two runs, and Ashley Schumacher was 1-2 with a double as well. Coach Stewart added that it was nice to get back on the winning track heading into the final week of the season which will be a big key to winning the Division One title, and establishing some momentum for the Sectional Tournament.