7 RUN THIRD CAUSES CAVS TO CAVE-NY MILLS 12 WATERTOWN IHC 0
Smiles all around as New York Mills rolls to opening round playoff win at home.
CORRIN FLIHAN PITCHES 3 HIT SHUTOUT- ABAY UP NEXT-Saturday 1PM @ NY MILLS
Game Notes: Dave Peroni
The odds were stacked against the Watertown IHC Cavaliers no matter how you sliced and diced their opening round Section III , softball playoff, matchup with the state’s #5 ranked New York Mills Marauders.
When the home team sent plated two runs in the first, two runs in the second and then hung a crooked number, 7 on the Cavs in the third, you knew the odds were insurmountable for the (4-12) #14 seed from the North Country.
Leading 11-0, after just three innings of play, coach Michelle Hartman and company settled in and watched starting pitcher Corrin Flihan set the Cavs up and set them down, on a regular basis, as the Mills earned a second round playoff match up with Alexandria Bay on Saturday.
Flihan has had a marvelous run on the bump for the Marauders this season and her dominance continued as she posted a great pitching line. It went like this: 0 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.
Flihan got ahead and stayed ahead all game long. As good pitchers do, Flihan let her defense work and work they did, as they backed up Flihan’s play all game long and did not commit an error.
The Class D bracket is loaded with state ranked teams like rival Hamilton, Oriskany and Stockbridge Valley. The rest of the Section III tourney should be a great ride.
With great pitching and more than enough offense it was an easy day for the Marauders faithful to sit and work on their tans as Memorial Day weekend edges closer.
The New York Mills offense made like it was the fourth of July, as they banged away at the offerings of IHC starter Korie Clark, who was relieved in the late innings by Becca Lazore, after the outcome was no longer in doubt.
Speaking of the Mill’s offense, Jenna McGaguley had 3 hits and drove in a run, Alexa Boucher drove in three of her own and belted a triple and single, Carly Dziekan had two hits and 2 RBI.
Hanna King doubled and drove in a run. Erica Chaparro picked up 2 RBI of her own.
Jena Baiguini drove in the first run of the game for the home team.
It all added up to a big win, and after all, it’s all about surviving and advancing in the post season.
It has been a fun run for the Burrstone road crew this season. The Lady Marauders are state ranked, they won the CSC IV title, going 10-0 in conference play, and have won eight straight since last tasting defeat at the hands of state ranked Hamilton back on May 2nd. The Lady Marauders would love to make a run at a Section III crown.
For an underdog like Watertown IHC, a good start in the first two our three innings is a must.
The blue and white clad Cavs had no such luck. New York Mills put the pressure on early, as they grabbed momentum for good by plating two runs in the first frame.
Carly Dziekan took one for the team, as she was hit by a pitch, with one out. Corrin Flihan lofted one to short right center.
Second basemen Elaina Alteri got under it but could not maintain control and just like that the home team had runners on 2nd and 3rd base.
Carly Dziekan scored the game’s first run as she headed home when Jena Baiguini earned an RBI by grounding back to the mound.
Being aggressive, as always, the Marauders picked up run number two as Corrin Flihan found her way home when IHC first basemen Becca Lazore unleashed an errant throw in the direction of catcher Mikayla Kolb.
Just like that New York Mills was up 2-0. It was a 1-2-3 top of the second as Flihan found her groove striking out leadoff batter Miranda Kolb and then got Anna Garrabrant to line out and Korie Clark to ground out to first base.
Two more Marauder runs found their way to the plate in the home second.
Erica Chaparro reached base on an error and later scored when Jenn McGauley singled sharply to left field and New York Mills led 3-0.
Run number four was scored thanks to a loud bang off the bat of Hanna King who doubled to center field chasing Alexa Boucher, who had earlier tripled home, as it was 4-0 New York Mills, after just two innings of play.
As if a four run lead wasn’t enough, the seven runs plated in the third by the Marauders put this one safely into the win column before fans had a chance to make their way to the softball diamond on a work day.
Here’s how it worked in the decisive home third. The highlights of the seven run outburst included an RBI single by Jenn McGauley to left field as Erica Chapparo came around to score run #5.
Carly Dziekan got in the act, again, with an RBI single of her own, as Boucher came around to keep the runs coming and make the score 9-0.
Hanna King made it 10-0 when she scored from third, thanks to an infield error.
Erica Chapparo earned a run batted in by getting hit by a pitch, with the bases loaded, to force Carly Dziekan home with the 11th run of the game and seventh of the inning.
The Lady Marauders tacked on one for insurance, as if they needed any, in the sixth inning.
Elaina Pacini took advantage of her playing time by blasting a two bagger to left field.
Pacini raced to third on a wild pitch, then made it an even dozen runs as Carly Dziekan picked up another run batted in, lofting a fly ball to left.
When the top of the seventh inning was in the books, Corrin Flihan had earned a complete game shutout and the Marauders had earned a convincing 12-0 win and punched a ticket in to round two of the Section III softball tourney.
Flihan yielded just three hits, a first inning single by Mikayla Kolb, a leadoff single by Angie Garrabrant in the visitors fourth and a leadoff single in the seventh by Becca Lazore. If the Marauders get pitching like this and offense like this, watch out.
New York Mills 12 Watertown IHC 0
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Watertown IHC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
New York Mills 2 2 7 0 0 1 X 12 9 0