Uberty Undermines Wayland-Cohocton Attack….Leroy Wins Semi



    # 3     Leroy           4                  # 2   Wayland-Cohocton      3

    The 3  “U’s” led to Wayland-Cohocton’s elimination from the Class B-2 Sectional Softball tournament in the semi-final round on Monday (May 23) afternoon at the “home of the Braves” in Canandiagua.  Uberty….undermines….&  undone !   Leroy hurler Ally Uberty took control of the game in the circle, which would “undermine” Wayland-Cohocton’s game plan of putting the ball in play & let the other team play defense. Finally, “undone” was the result as Leroy scored 3 unearned runs ( make it 4  U’s…”unearned”) in moving onto the Class B-2 title game in edging Way-Coh by a slim 4-3 final in Ontario County.

    One of the things that Wayland-Cohocton (18-4) was able to do throughout the season, they did not do in this semi-final contest against a quick & crafty right-hander…was to utilize the “short game.”  The old saying about a “hard thrower” is “you can’t hit what you can’t see”. In this case you revised the terminology to say” you can’t  bunt or slap what you can’t get the bat on”!  The simple equation here is that Uberty struck out 17 hitters! So…only 4 of the outs in the game were handled by the “defense”. Seeing that Leroy committed 2 errors…that adds up to 6 plays they had to make. Figure the 2 fielding miscues in the 6….that figures out that Leroy mishandled 33% of the defensive chances they had…that is 1 in every 3.  I’m sure coach Mike Battaglia’s team is much better than that normally as they’re now 19-2….you don’t win that many games without “making some plays”.  In this game, that’s the way it figured out. Maybe if the Golden Eagles got their bats on the ball a little more frequently, the outcome could have been different. Way-Coh coach Dave Stewart cited that previous statement in his comments on the game….”we simply didn’t make the plays today.” He’s been around long enough to also know that you don’t give a quality hurler like Ally Uberty a lead to work with, or it makes for a very long night!

    The game opened with a “bad omen” for the maroon & gold when the lead-off hitter, 7th grader Haley Papp looped a lazy fly ball to the outfield which was dropped. Moments later a wild pitch moved her to second. A sacrifice bunt by Taylor Sherman put the runner 60 feet away at 3rd. Ally Uberty showed she not only can do it in the circle, she can (& does ) do it at the plate too. First ball swinging she roped a liner to the gap in left centerfield for a double giving the Knights the lead. Another wild pitch moved courtesy runner Emily McVicker to 3rd.  Sophomore Jaidyn Smith came through with a clean single to left lifting Leroy to a 2-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs. Jessie Hammers cut the Oatkan Knights in half all by herself. The senior shortstop pushed down a roller 3rd base-way & beat it out. Stole second & on her steal of 3rd, the throw went into left field & Jessie got up & turned on the “after burners” to beat the throw to the plate making it a 2-1 game. Hammers would save a run in the next inning with her defense as Leroy had 2 outs & a runner at 2nd. Haley Papp hit a bouncer up the middle that Jessie dove for & knocked down. Hammers recovered & fired home to nip the runner at the plate. If the ball would have gone through into the outfield, that run would have scored easily. Star in the score book for that defensive gem!  Wayland-Cohocton would get a lead-off single from freshman Madison Gregorius to start the second inning. She would also steal 2 bases, but would be left hung out to dry at 3rd when Ally Uberty struck out the side!  The senior underhander helped herself again in the 3rd when she ripped a triple to the alley in right-center field.  Two pitches later Uberty would score on a wild pitch making it 3-1 Knights!  Leroy scored another one in the top of the 4th when Abby Dambra tripled to right field. When the ball was mishandled on the cut-off & relay back to the infield, coach Mike Battaglia gave her the “green light” at 3rd allowing the sophomore to “touch ’em all” on what would be scored a triple & an error giving the red & black a 4-1 advantage.

    Wayland-Cohocton made a little bit of noise in an opportunistic fashion in their half of the 4th as they took advantage of what Leroy would give them. With one out, Hannah James was hit by a pitch on an  0-2 count.  She would steal second.  Then when Madison Gregorius hit a “come-backer” to the mound, the runner from second broke for third. The throw that way went awry allowing a run to score & put the hitter in scoring position at second. Shailynn Celentano’s infield grounder slid the runner over to 3rd. Alex Button stepped in & hit a bouncer off the bag at 3rd for a single which scored the 2nd run making it a 4-3 game.  In the top of the 5th Way-Coh’s defense again aided them when the lead-off hitter walked. On the first pitch there was a moment of indecision by the baserunner who bluffed a steal of second. Golden Eagles catcher Mia Forsythe made the right play  by racing out from behind the dish & running right at the runner making her  commit herself. The throw went to Jessie Hammers at shortstop.  (Who’s going to out run Jessie?) The senior shortstop chased the runner back to first, tagging her out to complete the “pick off”.   The Eagles momentum was “halted abruptly” when Ally Uberty went back out to the slab & proceeded to strikeout the side….again! The Golden Eagles would get yet another defensive game from shortstop Jessie Hammers in the 6th. With 2 gone, Abby Dambra hit a smash back up the middle…Hammers laid out for it smothering the ball. She quickly recovered & came up firing to first to get the out to retire the side!

    The 6th would wind up being Way-Coh’s last real threat to tie the game up.  With one out Hannah James singled to left. Madison Gregorius’ grounder to the right side resulted in a fielders choice & an error when the throw to second to get the force play pulled the shortstop off the base allowing James to slide in safely.  Once again Ally Uberty reached back & came up with a “K” & then the final hitter battling off an O-2 pitch fouled it away & stepped on home plate in the process & was called “out”.  It looked like Leroy might get an insurance run in the top of the 7th when Julie Prinz blooped a double to right to lead the inning off.  Tori Trader’s sacrifice pushed the runner to 3rd with just 1 out.  This time Ashlee Schumacher came up with something extra & induced a lazy infield pop up, & an inning ending grounder.  Ally Uberty would finish things in 1-2-3 sequence as Leroy celebrated a hard-fought 4-3 win over Wayland-Cohocton to move onto the finals on Wednesday (May 25) while the Golden Eagles would wrap their season up in heartbreaking fashion.

    Leroy (19-2) saw Ally Uberty notch the win in the circle with a complete game 4 hitter. She struck out 17 without walking anybody & hit one batter. All 3 runs against her were unearned. She also went 2-3 at the plate with a double, a triple, an rbi & scored a run. Haley Papp was 1-3 & scored a run…Taylor Sherman & Tori Trader each had sacrifices…Jaidyn Smith 1-3 with an rbi…Abby Dambra had a triple & scored a run…Julie Prinz had a double in 3 trips for the Oatken Knights. For Wayland-Cohocton, pitcher Ashlee Schumacher deserved a better fate as she threw 7 strong innings scattering 6 hits while striking out 10 & walking 2. Only one of the 4 runs against her was earned. Offensively for the Eagles… Jessie Hammers was 1-3 with a pair of stolen bases & scored a run…while making several fine defensive plays in the field as well. Hannah James 1-2 with a stolen base & scored a run….Madison Gregorius 1-3 with 2 steals & scored a run…Alex Button 1-3 with one stolen base & an rbi in the season’s finale.