WELLSVILLE – It sounded like a sectional game at Tullar Field on Thursday. Fans clamored with cheers up and down the baselines around the field. It was the final regular season chapter between Wayland-Cohocton and Wellsville.

The Lady Eagles managed to squeeze past the Lady Lions on their home turf with a 3-1 win back on April 24. The Lions knew they were in another battle for their regular season finale against the defending Class B champions.

The Lady Lions built their lead early on, but Wayland-Cohocton battled back in a hurry to force extra innings. It took two more sessions of softball, but the Lady Eagles had one card left to play in the top of the ninth.

The defending Class B champs put together a big frame, scratching across four big runs to break the tie and extend their lead for good, as they rallied past Wellsville to sweep the season series with a 9-5 victory in thrilling fashion.

“We were a little flat at the beginning, but they responded in the end,” said Way-Co coach Dave Stewart. “Give these girls credit, we had a tough week. We played Cal-Mum, who’s ranked in the state. We’ve played Livonia for our league championship last night. We came down here and played. That’s a week not many teams have, and there wasn’t an easy team on it. These kids came to play this week.”

Wellsville got off to the start they wanted through the first three innings, grabbing a 3-0 lead. Morgan Sibble started off with a fielder’s choice to plate Taylor Adams. Mallory Sibble helped the cause with one of her two RBI hits in the second inning, before Morgan Sibble connected with a sacrifice fly to bring home another run in the third.

In the midst of the Lady Lions getting the ball rolling, Wayland-Cohocton (15-2) applied the pressure early, but the Lady Lions came up with some big outs, leaving a combined five baserunners on.

“We came off the bus a little flat,” Stewart said. “It’s tough coming down to Wellsville, but we have to do better getting off the bus. That’s what we struggled with today. Wellsville’s a solid opponent too. We just have to get back to the same intensity that we’ve had, and it’s hard for kids to do that.”

But the Lady Eagles did manage to find the opening they needed in the top of the fourth, as they converted on a double steal between second base and home. The runner at second was tagged out on the play, allowing a run to score, cutting the Wellsville (13-3) lead to two. But the Lady Lions would get their three-run cushion back.

Taylor Adams connected with an infield hit, reaching base in time. After an error, Wellsville scratched a run across. It would be the last for the Lady Lions, as Wayland-Cohocton buckled down on defense for the next two innings.

That would allow Wayland-Cohocton to inch closer. After a lead-off double by Greta Huber in the sixth inning, Marissa O’Connor and Evyn Meldrum each provided an RBI, with Meldrum scoring O’Connor on a single down the left field line.

With a 4-3 score on the board, the Lady Eagles went for it all in the top of the seventh and came through in a big way, capitalizing on the bases to plate the game-tying and go-ahead runs that would give Wayland-Cohocton its first lead of the day. The latter came off a Huber sacrifice to center.

For the first time in the game, the Lady Lions found themselves down, but they were not out. Quinn Burke kept the hosts in it, as she delivered a big bunt to the right side of the infield, allowing Mallory Sibble to come in from third to tie the game at five.

“Tonight’s game had a playoff atmosphere,” Wellsville coach Matt Burke said. “We had our chances, and early in the game, we put ourselves in good position to capitalize and score some runs. Give credit to Wayland-Cohocton, they battled back to force the game into extra innings.”

The eighth inning went 1-2-3 on both sides. The Lady Eagles got it going in the ninth, a four-run inning headed by a pair of singles by Hannah James, which broke the 5-5 tie, and Kailey Johnson’s fifth and final hit of the game. Two more runs came in to score.

Huber picked up the win on the mound for the Lady Eagles, striking out three. Ayslinn Holbrook recorded four hits and scored twice. Huber and Madison Gregorius each had two hits, while Gregorius scored twice.

“We stepped up, Greta especially,” Stewart said. “She’s had a heck of a week. It was a very intense game, and she battled. You could tell her legs were tired. Behind her, we were pretty good.”

Morgan Sibble struck out five and walked one in her complete game for the Lady Lions. Taylor Adams and Quinn Burke had three hits each. Savannah Perham had two hits.

Wayland-Cohocton will return to action on Tuesday, hosting Hornell. Wellsville will hit the road Saturday at Notre Dame-Batavia.

Wayland-Cohocton 000 102 204 – 9 16 2 Wellsville              111 100 100 – 5 11 4

W-C – Greta Huber (WP) (CG, 3K, 3BB), and Hannah James. W – Morgan Sibble (LP) (CG, 5K, BB), and Sierra Dickerson.