May 7, 2008


Extra tough TC3 ending


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
TC3 shortstop Stephanie Miller (1) reacts to a safe call on a pickoff attempt of Elizabeth Rennard (8) of Genesee Community College at third base during Tuesday’s Region III tournament game. Helping with the call is GCC coach Kristen Clark.  

DRYDEN — The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball season came to an end Tuesday with an extra-inning loss in the first round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs.
The fourth seeded Panthers lost to fifth seed Genesee CC 5-1, the visitors scoring four times in the top of the eighth inning to break open a pitching battle.
TC3’s season ends with a record of 25-13 overall and 21-8 in Region III. Genesee advances to the regional double-elimination tournament this weekend with an overall record of 23-15 and a Region III record of 21-9.
Tuesday’s game featured a rematch of two teams who played a doubleheader on Sunday, with the Panthers winning both games. It looked in the first inning like TC3 was going to pick up with it left off on Sunday. TC3 pitcher Niki Rieman set down the Cougars in order in the top of the inning, striking out two in the process.
Ashley Morey started the Panthers half of the inning with a walk, and two outs later, moved to second on a single by Cortland High graduate Rose Dovi. Stephanie Miller loaded the bases by getting hit by a pitch, but the inning ended when a hard grounder by Samantha Lafer was fielded by the third baseman, who made the final out at her bag.
The next two innings went by quickly as both Rieman and Genesee pitcher Laura Olcott cruised, setting down both teams in order. Genesee had its first base runner in the fourth, a two-out double, but Rieman quickly ended the threat by inducing a pop up.
In the bottom of the frame, Lafer started a two-out rally for the Panthers, singling to center. Katie Dennis pinch ran for Lafer, and came around to score on a double by Casey Ebeling, giving the Panthers the lead after four innings.
The advantage didn’t last long, as Genesee took advantage of an inning-opening error to produce the tying run. Elizabeth Rennard reached second base on the error. A sacrifice bunt by Ashley Uberty moved the runner to third base. Jami Chatt bunted and was save at first base on the fielder’s choice as Rennard scored the tying run.
Neither team could cross the plate again in regulation, with each team leaving runners in scoring position over the last two innings.
In the eighth, both teams started the frame with a runner on second base. Genesee took advantage of the opportunity to spark a four-run rally. With Christina Vega at second, Juli Rushton was hit by a pitch. Julie Joyce grounded out to the pitcher as both runners moved up one base. Olcott walked to load the bases and Kim Proper (2-for-4) drove in two runs with a single to put Genesee up 3-1. Jerrica McAndrew (2-for-4) singled home Olcott and Rennard singled to score Proper for the 5-1 cushion.
The Panthers couldn’t respond in the bottom of the frame, leaving runners at first and third.
All four hits came from second-year sophomore players, with Dovi finishing with two of TC3’s four hits.
Rieman had a strong game in the circle, striking out seven while allowing just three earned runs. Olcott fanned six TC3 batters.