Wayland-Cohocton 14 Bath-Haverling 3
The top spot in Livingston County Division One softball again resides at Wayland-Cohocton Central School ! After a one-year hiatus as the Bath Rams reigned supreme in 2015, the Golden Eagles have reclaimed the crown following Wednesday (May 11) afternoon’s come-from-behind victory at “the Nest.” After Way-Coh won the initial meeting of the 2 southern tier powerhouses 2-0 earlier in the year in Bath, things would come “full circle” in this one. Bath took the early lead, but the Golden Eagles came to life scoring 13 times in the 3rd & 4th innings en route to a rout to the tune of 14-3 !
The game began like a “painful flashback” of last year when the Rams won the season’s finale & then in the sectional title game too as coach Don Long’s club unseated Wayland-Cohocton after a 10 year reign as outright champs, or co-champions. The blue & white took the lead in the top of the first inning when Alex Siebert & Jillian Farmer each singled. A walk loaded the bases for Katie Burg’s run-scoring single. An infield error & another walk plated 2 more as the Rams led 3-0 ! They would shut out Way-Coh in the first 2 innings, while Golden Eagles hurler Ashlee Schumacher settled into a groove as well. Coach Dave Stewart’s squad then used a well-blended mix of “long ball” & “short ball” to “bat around” in each of the next 2 innings & take command of the game for good! The Eagles’ skipper observed, ” when they got up on us right off the bat, I was concerned because we haven’t had to play from behind very much all season long. I looked into our dugout to see how the girls were handling the way things had started. I was more concerned on how they would respond. When we scored 7 in the 3rd & then 6 more in the 4th off of a quality pitcher like theirs, I guess I had my answer.”
In that pivotal 3rd inning hits by Mikaela Nielsen, Jessie Hammers, & Ashlee Schumacher loaded the bases. Hannah James singled home 2, Madison Gregorius doubled home 2 more to give the maroon & gold the lead. Shailynn Celentano & Alex Button each added singles & then an infield error made it 7-3 ! In the 4th Way-Coh went to the “short ball” as the “slappers” took center-stage & put pressure on the Rams defense forcing them into a trio of fielding miscues that opened the door for the 6-run uprising. After Jessie Hammers beat out an infield hit, Ashlee Schumacher was hit by a pitch. The Golden Eagles pulled off the double-steal. Four of the next five hitters dropped down bunts. On three of them the ball was thrown away adding fuel to Way-Coh’s fire. Hannah Recktenwald & Mikaela Nielsen each had run scoring hits, meanwhile Mia Forsythe would club a 2-run double making it now 13-3 in favor of the Golden Eagles. Wayland-Cohocton scored their final run in the 6th when Lexi Bowers & Shianne Chapman had back-to-back sinlges. An infield grounder moved the runners up. A wild pitch brought home the final run in the 14-3 triumph as the Eagles pounded out 15 hits in the win.
Ashlee Schumacher earned the win after working 6 innings of 5 hit softball while striking out 5 & walking 3 in yielding 2 earned runs. Alex Button threw the 7th & retired the Rams in 1-2-3 fashion. The offensive numbers for Wayland-Cohocton ( 17-2) broke down this way…Mikaela Nielsen 3/5 with 2 doubles & a run scored….Jessie Hammers 3-5 with a stolen base & 2 runs scored…Ashlee Schumacher 1-3….Hannah James 1-3 with a 2 rbis, scored twice with a sacrifice…Madison Gregorius 1-3 with a double, 3 rbis & a sacrifice…Shailynn Celentano 1-2, scored a run & drove one in Lexi Bowers 1-1 with a run scored….Alex Button 2-3 & scored twice…Hannah Recktenwald had a sacrifice & scored a run….Shianne Chapman 1-1 with a run scored….& Mia Forsythe 1-3 with a double & 4 rbis. Wayland-Cohocton closes the regular season on Friday (May 13th) with a home date with the Livonia Bulldogs at 4:30pm.