DANSVILLE — "Turn about is fair play" ... so they say. The Dansville varsity baseball team saw that scenario unfold in the first week of the regular season after they were beaten in their opener 10-1 by Avon.
Well, the Mustangs saw a repeat performance last Wednesday, March 28 when Warsaw came to town and it was coach Tom Hober's teams' turn as the red & black scored often in their own 10-1 victory over the visiting Tigers at "the Corral."
Babcock Park was breezy, chilly and damp, but Dansville's bats were not. The Mustangs pounded out 10 hits in the victory and received a fine pitching performance from senior right-hander Hunter Little who recorded the win with six strong innings of work. He gave up 1 run on just 4 hits over 6 innings while getting the win. He struck out 10 and walked 2, which was a fine outing for the first appearance of the season.
His teammates picked him up on the offensive end as the Dansville stats showed the Mustangs collecting 10 hits in the opener. Trevor Shotwell 1/4 1 RBI, Hunter Stone 1/4 2 RBI, Dylan Race 2/3 1 run scored, Dan Kaszuba 2/4 1 RBIZach Douglas 1/3 1 run scored, Jake Failla 1/2 1 run scored, , Heyden Meyer 2 runs scored, Michael Adams 2/2, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs.
Dansville returns from the Easter break on Monday, hosting Keshequa at Babcock Park with first pitch at 4:30 p.m.
Wayland-Cohocton 17, Barberton, Ohio 7
What the Wayland-Cohocton softball team couldn't do on day #1, they did a lot of on day #2! The Golden Eagles rebounded & brought their "A-game" along with some big bats to pile up 16 hits en route to a 17-7 win in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday in the Grand Strand Tournament.
The maroon & gold failed to score on opening day, and made up for on the second day of action with 17 runs in defeating another AA school from Ohio.
Way-Co skipper Dave Stewart commented, "I was very proud of how the girls bounced back from yesterday, although we certainly have nothing to be over-confident about ... especially playing schools like we're playing this week."
The Golden Eagles utilized multiple weapons in defeating a very good Barberton team as the New York State representatives would have it all working from the short game to key hits in the clutch as the defending Section V champions would score in every inning except the 4th in putting 17 runs on the board in their first victory of the very young season.
For Wayland-Cohocton (1-1) Greta Huber notched the win in the circle working 5 innings, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) on 10 hits, struck out 2 and walked one. Karlee Chizuk threw the final 2 innings striking out 3, while allowing 2 runs, 1 earned while walking 2.
At the plate Hannah Fairbrother was 4-6 with a homer, double, 4 RBI, scored 4 runs & stole 3 bases. Ayslinn Holbrook was 2-6 with 2 RBI and scored 4 times. Hannah James 2-5 with a double & 3 RBI. Madison Gregorius came through in the clutch going 3-6 and driving in a half-dozen runs and scoring one. Greta Huber added a hit and an RBI.
Kailey Johnson had a sacrifice and knocked in a run. Karlee Chizuk had a hit, drove in 2, added a sacrifice and scored a trio of tallies. Marissa O'Connor was 3-5 scored a run & drove one in. Emma Baker scored a pair of runs. Evyn Meldrum was 1-3 with a double, drove in a run and scored twice.
Coach Stewart stated, "I think we put a lot of pressure on this team today with our speed and we had our short game working well too. They were a very good team and hitters 1 through 9 could swing the bat well. We couldn't really hold them down as they had 7 runs on 10 hits, but we made enough good defensive plays, while getting things going on offense, to win."
Myrtle Beach, S.C. 3, Wayland-Cohocton 0
Yes, the first time the Wayland-Cohocton varsity softball field set foot on an outside diamond was on Easter Sunday. Both of their games up north last week against Caledonia-Mumford and Avon were postponed due to unplayable conditions. The second time the Golden Eagles hit the field was on Monday when their appearance in the annual Grand Strand Tournament commenced.
Way-Coh coach Dave Stewart observed, "This year's tournament schedule for us is one of the toughest I think we've ever had. We'll be playing 4 double-A schools and one single-A team this week. But, we came here to get better, so I'm all set to get going. It won't be easy, but we're up for the challenge."
On Monday, one of those double-A schools (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) scratched away 2 runs in the home half of the 4th & another one in the 5th to come away with a 3-0 victory despite Way-Coh out hitting their opponents.
Stewart added, "We made a couple of mistakes in the field that led to all 3 of their runs, but I thought the bigger errors we committed were on the base paths. We faced a catcher who had a gun for an arm. We won't see a catcher up here who can throw the ball like this girl. We were aggressive and I like that, but there were a couple of instances when we ran ourselves right out of a potential inning. It's good to be aggressive, but we also need to be smart in our baserunning as well."
Wayland-Cohocton had a pair of "would-be" base stealers cut down early in the game which put a "kink" in their running game. Coach Stewart also noted, "Honestly, I thought we played very well for it being our first game, and only our second day outside. We swung the bat well, and did a good job against a good team. For Myrtle Beach, this was their 16th game of the year. So they're all loosened up and ready to go, while we're still trying to find ourselves."
For Way-Coh (0-1) freshman right-hander Greta Huber absorbed the hard luck loss in the circle as she pitched well. She worked 6 strong innings, giving up 5 hits, no earned runs, struck out 4 and walked 2. Offensively the maroon & gold mustered 7 hits on the day. Hannah James led the way going 3-3, Madison Gregorius was 2-3, while Evyn Meldrum and Ayslinn Holbrook each added hits as well. Holbrook also had a stellar game defensively in centerfield for Wayland-Cohocton.
Tigers too much For Lady Mustangs
DANSVILLE — The Warsaw softball team was anxious to get the season underway on Wednesday, March 28 while the Dansville girls were in search of their first win of the very young season at Babcock Park.
Coach Amber Stackhouse's club was very opportunistic early in the game, and then the bats came alive as the Tigers tore the game open with a 10-run explosion in the top of the 7th en route to a 24-2 rout of the homestanding horses.
Dansville managed to finally get on the board in the bottom of the 5th when Ashlyn Schuster and Maddie Akers each singled. Akers would steal second. With 2 outs Madisun Edmond delivered both Mustang runners with a double to left making it 12-2. Mackenzie Post's single would plate a pair of runners who walked in the top of the 6th.
Dansville (0-2) saw Jill Schramm throw 6 1/3 innings striking out 1 and walking 6. Maddy Akers worked a scoreless 2/3's of an inning in relief. Offensively for the Mustangs Maddy Akers was 2-4, stole a base and scored a run. Madisun Edmond 1-3 with a double driving in both runs. Hannah LaPlant added a hit and a stolen base. Baylie Harnish, Skylar Race and Ashlyn Schuster each added hits for the red & black.
Dansville's next action comes on the return from Easter recess when they host Keshequa on Monday at Babcock Park with first pitch at 4:30 p.m.