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Wayland-Cohocton Softball Starts Strong in Southlands

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Wayland-Cohocton 15 Socastee, S.C. 3

The transition from winter sports to spring went rather smoothly for many of the athletes at Wayland-Cohocton as the Golden Eagles kept on swinging & running as they started their Myrtle Beach southern swing with a convincing 15-3 win in high school softball on Tuesday (Mar. 22) night. The northern contingent put runs on the board in every inning against Socastee, S. C. as they big blow came in a 7-run 4th frame where the Golden Eagles really “flapped their wings.” Way-Coh skipper Dave Stewart stated, ” its always nice to start your season with a win, especially when you’re down here. We did a lot of things right, but we still have a lot to work on as the season rolls on.”

The maroon & gold struck first in their season’s opener by scoring 3 times in the bottom of the first. Mikaela Nielsen drew a walk, moved to 2nd on Jessie Hammers’ single & then 2 runs scored on an Ashlee Schumacher double. Shianne Chapman drove in Schumacher to complete the scoring in the inning. After the South Carolina entry plated a run, in the 2nd, Way-Coh responded with a pair in the second. Kayla Curtin opened with a hit. An infield grounder moved her into scoring position. Jessie Hammers singled, & the initiated a double-steal on which Curtin swiped home. Ashlee Schumacher’s double made it 5-1. Socastee scored 2 more in the 3rd making a 5-3 contest before Wayland-Cohocton raced 3 more runs across in the plate in the 3rd inning. Shailynn Celentano reached on an error to start the frame. Alex Button singled, & then with 2 outs Mikaela Nielsen singled a run home, then Jessie Hammers walked. A pair of wild pitches tacked on a couple of runs making it an 8-3 contest. The locals broke it open by batting around in the 4th scoring 7 times ! Hannah James led off with a triple. Maddie Gregorius singled home the first run. Shailynn Celentano followed with another run-scoring hit. After Alex Button walked, Hanna Recktenwald, Lexi Bowers & Mikaela Nielsen each drove in runs with successive singles. Jessie Hammers legged out another hit which set the stage for Ashlee Schumacher’s run scoring bouncer to the infield. After Hannah James walked, Maddie Gregorius’ hit concluded the rout for Way-Coh in a 15-3 final.

The Golden Eagles pounded out 17 hits in the victory as the offensive stats reflected lots of offense.
Mikaela Nielsen 2-3 scoring 3 runs, stole a base & drove in 2 runs
Jessie Hammers 3-3 with 3 stolen bases & scored a trio of runs
Ashlee Schumacher 2-4 with 2 doubles, & 4 rbis
Hannah James 1-2 with a triple, a sacrifice, a stolen base & scored a run
Maddie Gregorius 2-3 with an rbi, a stolen base & scored a run
Shailynn Celentano 2-3 scored 2 runs…rbi
Shianne Chapman scored a run
Alex Button 2-2 with 2 runs scored
Hannah Recktenwald 1-2 with an rbi
Kayla Curtin 1-2 & scored a run
Lexi Bowers 1-1 & scored a run
Mia Forsythe did a great job behind the plate after coming off a knee injury back in the fall.
On the slab….Ashlee Schumacher recorded the win by working 4 innings giving up 3 unearned runs on 2 hits while striking out 2 & walking 3. Alex Button tossed a scoreless inning striking out one in the victory.
Wayland-Cohocton concludes its Myrtle Beach trip with a pair of 10am games on Thursday & Good Friday against James-Madison & South Lake respectively. The Golden Eagles open their northern swing on Friday April 1st as they host Hornell at “the Nest” at 4:30pm.