Keshequa Captures C-3 Softball Crown !

Frank Williams —  Saturday, June 1, 2013

# 1 Keshequa 9 # 2 Bolivar-Richburg O

Hot & cold…isn’t that the theme of the sports world? Or maybe “when you’re hot you’re hot, when you’re not you’re not”!? I guess both would apply as the Keshequa Indians and Bolivar-Richburg Wolverines got together in the battle of the unbeatens with the Section V Class C-3 softball title on the line at the Outpost at Letchworth Central School. The 2 teams haven’t played each other in many years. Wolverines coach Stan Harris noted, “we scrimmaged Keshequa early in April and it was freezing! Today we play them in the title game and its 90 degrees!” It wasn’t only the temperature that was hot, the Indians were too! Keshequa would score runs in bunches to claim the Sectional hardware in a convincing 9-0 decision in Gainesville.
The Indians didn’t waste any time in getting on the board against B-R starter Haley Majot. Haley Russell greeted the opposing right hander with a double to left field to open the game. Tessa Gordinier dropped a double down the line as well, but Russell had to hold up to see if the ball would be caught and wound up at 3rd. Kristen Jackson’s infield bouncer would score the first run, & when the throw to first was errant, she would reach as well. A wild pitch would plate the 2nd run, and then Alex Flint’s sacrifice fly to left field would make it a 3-0 contest in the first. The orange & black threatened in the second as well, but had a runner cut down at the plate on a fine defensive play by Bolivar Richburg’s defense.
The Indians added to their lead in the third inning when Tessa Gordinier walked and was forced by Kristen Jackson’s grounder. Alex Flint worked out a walk and Gabe Mehlenbacher was hit by a pitch to load the bases up. Kate Forrester came through with a 2-run single making it a five run lead. Keshequa tacked on four more in the home half of the fourth inning when they nearly batted around. Haley Russell legged out an infield roller to get the ball rolling. Tessa Gordinier singled off the third baseman’s glove and then a throwing error on a ball hit by Kristen Jackson allowed a run to score. Alex Flint followed with a single, and Gabe Mehlenbacher singled & moved to second when the ball was bobbled in the outfield. Kate Forrester then lifted a sacrifice fly to get a run home. The final runs scored when Bolivar Richburg attempted to pick a runner off of third and the throw went down the left field line clearing the bases making the final 9-0. The Wolverines would get back to back hits to start the 4th, but Alex Flint would strike out 2 of the next 3 hitters and get the other on an infield pop up to strand the runners.
Keshequa (21-0) saw Alex Flint record the win in complete game fashion. She hurled 7 strong innings allowing 3 hits, no runs while fanning a dozen and walking just one. Offensively Haley Russell was 3-4 with a double and scored twice. Tessa Gordinier 2-3 with a double and scored a pair of runs. Alex Flint helped herself going 2-2 with a sacrifice, a stolen base and s cored a pair of runs while driving one in. Also adding hits were Gabe Mehlenbacher, Kate Forrester (3 rbis, sacrifice), Grace Mehlenbaher (sacrifice). Also Kristen Jackson scored 3 runs and drove one in. Haley Russell, Tessa Gordinier and Kate Forrester were named to the All-Tournament team, while Alex Flint was named the Most Valuable Player.
Keshequa gets a “bye” in the Class C playoffs and battle the winner of the C-1 vs. C-2 game. Keshequa would play on Saturday in the state quailifier at a site and time to be determined.