Mustangs looking forward to 2020
WELLSVILLE — The Lady Lions crossed one big achievement off the list Tuesday night, capping an undefeated season within the friendly confines of Tullar Field.
Next up, perhaps, is the big prize — a Section V title.
No. 1 Wellsville took another step towards that goal Tuesday with a 4-1 win over No. 8 Dansville to power into the Section, V, Class B2 semifinals.
Dansville (7-10) didn’t make it easy, as Jill Schramm became just the third pitcher to hold the Lions under five runs this season.
“That is not your typical No. 8 seed,” said Wellsville coach Matt Burke. “Their pitcher was throwing 57, 58 miles an hour. She is an excellent pitcher and they have excellent defenders. That was a challenge tonight. They made excellent defensive plays.”
Wellsville (18-1), which finished off a perfect 8-0 season at Tullar, took control early with two runs in the second inning. Taylor Adams got the inning going by beating out an infield single in a 3-2 count. Mallory Sibble brought her in and Ashley Reitz later added an RBI.
The Lions added another run in the third. Matti Burke ripped a one-out double and later scored on Mallory Sibble’s RBI.
Dansville got one back in the fourth, plating its lone run on two hits in the frame. Maddie Failla and Kellee Rawleigh each singled, with Sidney Stone scoring the run. Morgan Sibble then slammed the door with a strikeout and a pop-out to end the threat and leave Rawleigh stranded at third.
“The top of our lineup struggled against (Sibble), but I’m very proud of my girls for staying in it the whole game,” said Dansville coach Carrie Troll. “We didn’t give up, we kept on believing and kept on fighting to put some runners on, but we just let too many baserunners on tonight.
“Wellsville is a great team that plays solid defense,” Troll added. “I was very proud of our girls. I just told them it’s something to build on for next year. We have a lot of young players and only graduate four seniors. Like I’ve told the girls all year, there was just a couple things tonight that we’ve got to tighten up and work on in the offseason to come into next year ready to go.”
Morgan Sibble finished the night with 12 strikeouts and just one walk, scattering six hits. The Lions added a run in the fourth when Quinn Burke drove in Marley Adams on a sac bunt, giving Sibble more than enough insurance to get the job done.
“We did what we needed to do against an excellent pitcher to score just enough,” Coach Burke said. “Morgan did what she’s done all year. She has challenged hitters and just been excellent all year. I can’t say enough about her. When she goes out on the mound, we have a chance to win because we have a good defense and our hitters give us an opportunity to score.”
Wellsville catcher Sierra Dickerson gunned down a runner looking to steal second in the top of the seventh inning, and Sibble ended the game with her 12th K to send the Lions into the semis.
Quinn Burke (RBI), Matti Burke (R, 2B), Taylor Adams (R, SB, BB), and Reitz (RBI) each had a hit apiece for the Lions. Wellsville moves on to Thursday’s semifinals at a site to be determined, awaiting the winner of LeRoy and Mynderse, who are scheduled to play tonight.
“We said before the season even started, there was going to be a lot of good teams in our bracket,” Coach Burke said. “Case in point tonight, Dansville gave us all we could handle.”
Failla led the Dansville offense with two hits. Jenna George, Jill Schramm, Stone and Rawleigh added one each. Schramm struck out three with two walks in a four-hitter against Wellsville’s vaunted offense.
“Jill did awesome today,” Troll said. “She’s only a junior and she works very hard in the offseason. She’s a really good competitor. She also plays soccer so she knows what that sectional title feels like. She was that for softball as well. We’re exciting to have her and our younger players coming back next year to build off of this. This was a good outing for us. It’s disappointing, because we thought we were right there and we could’ve won this one. You have to play a clean game. It’s just the little things we have to clean up.”
Dansville graduates just four seniors in Katelin Everman, Hannah Carnevale, Kirstin George and Jade Simons. The Mustangs will be on the short list of teams to watch in 2020.
“We’re already excited to get started on next season,” Troll said.
Dansville 000 100 0 — 1 6 2
Wellsville 021 100 x — 4 4 1
D —Jill Schramm (LP) (3K, 2BB) and Mackenzie Johnson-Bozer
W — Morgan Sibble (WP) (12K, BB) and Sierra Dickerson