Despite “circumstances beyond their control” the Wayland-Cohocton softball team managed to get another crack at having “senior night and celebrated in a big way at “the Nest.” The Golden Eagles honored six departing seniors (Keaira Notebaert, Ashley Heiman, Amanda Feely, Taylor Presti, Diane Cork and Courtney Smith) by putting together an 11-run third inning leading to a lopsided quarter final win over the visiting Cougars from Wayne County 19-2.

Despite “circumstances beyond their control” the Wayland-Cohocton softball team managed to get another crack at having “senior night and celebrated in a big way at “the Nest.” The Golden Eagles honored six departing seniors (Keaira Notebaert, Ashley Heiman, Amanda Feely, Taylor Presti, Diane Cork and Courtney Smith) by putting together an 11-run third inning leading to a lopsided quarter final win over the visiting Cougars from Wayne County 19-2.


Golden Eagles coach Dave Stewart stated, “We did a good job of putting a whole ballgame together. We hit well, played defense well, had some good pitching and were aggressive on the base paths. That usually leads to good things.”


Way-Co was on the board in the blink of an eye when Cork opened with a triple and moments later Smith singled her home. After Smith’s steal of second, an infield error allowed another run to score.


Notebaert helped her own cause when she doubled a run home. Presti doubled and both of those runs would later score on wild pitches making it a 5-0 game in the first. The Eagles scored three more in the second as Courtney Smith singled and stole second again, then came home on Notebaert’s single. Following an infield error, Amanda Feely’s infield single chased a pair of runs across the plate making the lead 8-0.


For North Rose-Wolcott (8-11) their two runs scored in the third when Bridgette Smith reached on an error and scored on Mikaylah Webber’s triple. Kendra Stuart followed with an infield roller that scored the second run making it an 8-2 game. Just when it looked like the black and green were showing some signs of coming to life, Wayland-Cohocton sent 16 hitters to the plate to score 11 runs in the third to put the game “on ice.” The inning drew bleak from the Wayne County perspective when three walks, two hit batters, two errors and seven Way-Co hits made the walls come tumbling down. Amanda Feely and Hannah Kuhn each had two-run singles in the inning, Notebaert doubled home two, while Cork also drove in a run in the big inning.


Wayland-Cohocton (14-5) saw Notebaert pick up the win working five innings of two hit softball. Only one of the two runs was earned as she struck out five without walking a batter. “Kiki” had a big day at the plate too going 3-3 with a pair of doubles and drove in four runs on the day. Other offensive contributors in the 15 hit attack included; Cork 1-2 with a triple scored two runs, had a sacrifice, drove in a run and stole a base; Smith 4-4 with five stolen bases, an RBI and scored four runs; MacKenzie Weber scored three runs and stole a base; Hannah McKelvey and Alyssa Recktenwald each scored two runs; Recktenwald also stole a base; Amanda Feely was 2-3 with four RBIs and scored a run; Taylor Presti 1-3 and scored two runs; Brianna Sick was 1-1; Hannah Kuhn was 2-2 with 2 RBIs and scored a run; Ashely Heiman also scored a run and Chelsea Bartlett was 1-2 with a sacrifice, stole a base and scored a run in the victory.


The lone two Cougars hits were Mikaylah Webber’s triple and an RBI. Danielle Hoyt added a bunt single, Kendra Stuart drove in a run, and Bridgette Smith scored one for North Rose-Wolcott.