April 4, 2016

SUNYAC softball: Dragons’ pitchers dominate

For the SUNY Cortland softball squad, this was worth the wait.
After Saturday’s conference twin bill against visiting Brockport was delayed for nearly an hour after a disruptive blast of bad weather created havoc, pitchers Alexandrea Flint and Jamie Lachall took control.
Once the field tarp was freed up after being blown onto the Dragons Field backstop and home dugout area by some forceful winds, and once the field was prepared for play, the Red Dragons rolled to 5-1 and 3-0 SUNY Athletic Conference victories.
Junior Flint tossed a complete-game four-hitter in the opener, striking out two and walking one, while improving to 8-1 on the season. Classmate Lachall is now 4-2 after coming up with a four-hit shutout in the nightcap, whiffing four Golden Eagles and walking a pair.
Defending conference champion Cortland is off to a 4-0 conference start, and will bring a 15-3 overall record into Wednesday’s 3 p.m. home field non-league doubleheader against Rochester.
Cortland 5 Brockport 1: While Flint was holding down Brockport (0-4 SUNYAC, 10-8 overall), the Red Dragons went on a 10-hit rampage.
Kaleigh Churchill’s RBI single gave Cortland a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Brockport tied the game in the second when Shelby Perry singled and pinch-runner Kathleen Laskey scored on a double by Karleigh Eaton.
Cortland took the lead with two runs in the third. Mikayla Shade singled home the first run and scored on Andrea Schoonmaker’s triple to right center.
Catcher Stephanie Tirone led off the bottom of the Cortland fifth with a homer down the left field line, her first collegiate round-tripper. Later in the inning, Diane Cork and Niki Barbato each singled, with an error on Barbato’s single allowing Cork to score.
Shade finished 2-for-3 to lead Cortland. Perry went 2-for-3 to account for half of Brockport’s four hits.
Cortland 3, Brockport 0: Cortland made the most of just three hits collected against Brockport hurler Jamie Berger, who struck out four and walked three in a losing effort.
The Red Dragons took the lead with two runs in the third without the benefit of a hit.
Cork walked and Barbato was safe on a throwing error during a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second. A Churchill grounder to third was misplayed to load the bases and Carrie Stoddard walked to force in a run. Two batters later Erin Wolstenholme hit a hard liner down the left field line. Brockport’s Laskey made a nice running catch near the fence, but the play resulted in a sac fly to score Barbato.
Cortland tacked on its final run in the fifth. Barbato led off with a single and Churchill walked. A one-out grounder moved the runners to second and third, and Barbato scored on a wild pitch.
Brockport’s best scoring chance came in the top of the third with the game still scoreless. Brianna Harris singled with one out and advanced to third on a Morgan Flamholtz double. Lachall escaped the jam with a groundout to third and a fly out to right.
Barbato went 2-for-2 with two runs scored for Cortland, while Eaton finished 2-for-3 for Brockport.

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