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  • Hornets buzz by Way-Co girls

  • The visiting Hornets emerged (9-0) as they hung on to defeat Way-Co 9-6 on a near 90-degree day on the hill in Steuben County.

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  • On a summer-like Thursday afternoon at “the Nest” Wayland-Cohocton was hoping to stop Oakfield-Alabama’s winning ways in high school softball. The game took on two different scenarios as it unfolded. Early in the contest it was a pitchers duel, then it looked like a blow-out and then Wayland-Cohocton put a little charge into things late.
    The visiting Hornets emerged (9-0) as they hung on to defeat Way-Co 9-6 on a near 90-degree day on the hill in Steuben County.
    Wayland-Cohocton (6-5, 2-0) got on the board in the bottom of the first as Diane Cork drilled the second pitch down the left field line for a double. Cork would slide over to third on Courtney Smith’s infield bouncer and the scored on MacKenzie Weber’s sacrifice bunt making it 1-0. Oakfield-Alabama threatened in the first two frames but did not score. Finally the Hornets tied the game in the third on Taylor Gayton’s run-scoring hit making it a tie game. Way-Coh closed the inning by cutting down a runner attempting to go from first to third on a sacrifice bunt. First sacker Hannah McKelvey fired to Mackenzie Weber who slapped the tag on the baserunner for the final out.
    O-A grabbed the lead for good when they scored three times in the top of the fifth with the big blow being Ashely Covel’s two-run homer. McKenzie Kehlenbeck followed with a double and later scored from second on a sacrifice bunt by Brittany Nardowski on an aggressive baserunning play. In the sixth it looked like the Hornets would make it a blow-out as they batted around to score four more runs as Selena Stymus, Ashley Covel and McKenzie Kehlenbeck each knocked in runs in what was now an 8-1 game. Way-Co left two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth when Diane Cork’s line drive was speared. O-A hurler Ashley Covel was in total control over the first five innings as she retired 12 of the first 14 hitters to face her before a couple errors and some late Way-Co hits made the game respectable. The Golden Eagles attempted to bridge the gap as they scored twice in the fifth as Hannah McKelvey doubled in a run and Amanda Feely singled the other home.
    Oakfield Alabama (9-0) scored a single tally in the seventh on Ashley Covel’s double. Wayland-Cohocton would come up with too little, too late in the seventh. Diane Cork belted a two-run homer and MacKenzie Weber’s sacrifice fly scored Courtney Smith who reached on a three-base error. That was as close as it would get as the Hornets held off Way-Co for 9-6 triumph.