The Wayland-Cohocton girls abbreviated softball trip (only 3 games instead of 5 this year) came to a screeching halt on Good Friday (Mar. 25) morning after dropping early morning games on successive days to schools that are larger than any schools in the entirety of Section V.
In chatting with Golden Eagles coach Dave Stewart, the softball skipper noted, “I’m not sure how they classify schools down here, but our opponent (James Madison) on Thursday came from a high school with 3,500 kids in it. On Friday we played a “smaller school” in their eyes, South Lake, also from Northern Virginia had only 2,000 ! That alone is bigger than any high school in Rochester.” Making no excuses for his club’s performance, the maroon & gold dropped a 10-0 decision against James Madison as one of the Virginia school’s pitchers fired a 1-hitter at Way-Coh as Jessie Hammers had the lone hit. Stewart added, “one of the fathers of our girls talked with someone on their side who said that this team has 5 players who are already inked to play in N.C.A.A. Division One programs next year such as Boston College & the University of Virginia. ” In Thursday’s game James Madsion piled up 5 runs in the first & 4 more in the 2nd, but then Way-Coh rightie Ashlee Schumacher allowed just one run over the remainder of the game.
In Friday’s action South Lake would hand Wayland-Cohocton an 8-2 setback as the southern school scored 6 runs in the 3rd inning which decided the game. The contest was scoreless to that point. Dave Stewart described the inning as “one of those inning you have when they dump a couple of bloop hits in front of your outfielders, & then you move them in & they lift one over our heads. Things were just falling in right & left for them in that inning. I thought we played very well.”
Ashlee Schumacher went the distance in the game striking out 5 & walking 6. Offensively Way-Coh mustered 7 hits in scoring their pair of runs. Ashlee Schumacher had a pair of doubles & went 3-4…while Jessie Hammers, Mikaela Nielsen, Alex Button & Madison Gregorius each had a hit in the setback.
Wayland-Cohocton comes back north with an official record of 1-2. The team also played 2 scrimmages against area teams there as they defeated both Olean & Portville on different days in the southland. Wayland-Cohocton opens the northern portion of their schedule on Friday April 1st (no foolin’) as they host Hornell in a Livingston County Division One clash at “the Nest” starting at 4:30pm.