August 30, 2011
Babe Ruth softball crown fits for Lansing squad
DRYDEN — The Lansing 16U softball team captured its first Babe Ruth League playoff title last weekend in Dryden.
Lansing defeated a much-improved Dryden team in the first round and top-seed Ithaca Gold 11-3 to remain in the winners’ bracket. The Ithaca triumph avenged earlier season losses and Lansing downed Ithaca in the championship game, 17-8. Randy Randall and Drew Watson coached the champions.
“We could not be any prouder of how these young ladies performed,” Randall said. “As a former varsity coach, it was getting the girls to truly believe that they were the better team. I’ve always been a “team” coach and reminding the players that if they could learn to play as a team, winning big tournaments like these would be the bonus.”
Winning pitchers for the day were Kayla Green and Southern Cayuga’s Erica Milliman. Centerfielder Jenny Kelly was named one of the tournament MVPs. Other players that contributed were Kayla Clink (1st base), Natia Murray (2nd base), Shalyn Watson (shortstop), Kayla Mattoon (third base/catcher), Sierra Boles (catcher), plus outfielders Erica Green, Chelsea Boles and Sashelle Dechellis. The hitting and bunting was a strong combined effort by the “team” as the scores indicate.
Seniors Fall in Semis
HORSEHEADS — Cortland Quadra Flex saw its season end in a 10-8 upset loss to Horseheads last week in the semifinals of the Central New York Senior Softball League 65s playoffs.
Horseheads, which hosted the one-day playoff tournament, finished fourth in the five-team league and beat fifth-place Mario’s Pizza (Owego) 16-6 in the first round. Quadra Flex had tied the Kattelville AA 65s for first place in the regular season and was the top playoff seed due to head-to-head results, but fell to Horseheads in a game in which each team had 15 hits, with no further information reported.
KAA beat the third-place Lane’s Karousel Kids (Binghamton) 8-7 in the other semifinal, and then downed Horseheads 16-8 for the championship.
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