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April 23, 2013 - 9:01pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

Alishia Foss came through with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one, but the Genesee Community College softball team fell in game two to split a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader with visiting Niagara County Community College.

Foss' single capped off a five-run seventh inning for the Lady Cougars, who battled back and forth with the Lady Thunderwolves in a high scoring first game.

Genesee scored four times in the bottom of the first but trailed 6-4 before their at bats in the third. Andrea Pursel and Yui Sotah put together back-to-back doubles and both scored runs to tie the game at six after three.

Niagara then scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-6 lead and held GCC to just two hits during their next three at bats. The Lady Thunderwolves upped their lead to 10-6 with a run in the top of the seventh, before Genesee sent all nine batters to the plate in the seventh, highlighted by the walk-off single by Foss.

Sotah finished the game 3-4 with two doubles and three runs scored, Pursel went 2-4 and scored three runs and Rachel VanDuser went 3-4 with a triple, two singles and a run scored.

Along with the game-winning hit, Foss also earned the win on the mound, throwing all seven innings.

(Members of the GCC softball team celebrate after Alishia Foss delivers the game-winning hit in game one of a doubleheader against Niagara County Community College)

 

In game two, Niagara used a six-run second inning to take an 7-0 lead, but Genesee was able to climb back into the game. Taylor Gayton plated Pursel in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI groundout to get the Lady Cougars on the board and VanDuser delivered a run scoring single to get GCC to within 7-2.

Pursel, the game two starter, pitched around a hit in the third and fourth and kept Niagara off the board in both innings.

After two runs in the third, GCC put together a four-run fourth to take an 8-7 lead. Chelsea Lynch, Pursel, Sotah and Gayton each delivered RBI's in the inning.

That would be it for the GCC offense however, as Niagara took the lead with three runs in the fifth and added four in the seventh and held Genesee without a run over the final three innings to win 14-8.

Pursel went 3-4 in game two, scored three runs and drove in one, Lynch scored twice and stole a base and Gayton had two runs batted in.

With the split, Genesee is now 9-17 overall on the season. They will host Monroe Community College for a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 3 p.m.

April 22, 2013 - 8:20pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

The Genesee Community College softball team came up empty in a doubleheader against Mercyhurst North East on Monday afternoon, falling to the visiting Lady Saints, 18-0 in game one and 14-6 in game two.

Genesse was held hitless in game one for 4 1/3 innings before Yui Sotah hustled out an infield single with one out in the fifth. Mercyhurst powered its way to an 18-0 mercy rule win, smashing two home runs in the game and scoring nine runs in the third inning.

In game two, Tori Kramer extended a 3-2 GCC lead with a two-run home run to left center field in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the Lady Cougars in front 5-2. Genesee held a 6-4 lead after five innings, but the Lady Saints put together a four-run sixth to take back the lead for good. Mercyhurst shut the Genesee bats down over the final two innings and added six runs in the seventh to complete the sweep with a 14-6 win.

Miki Kawaguchi went 3-4 with a run batted in, Brittnee Hallett-Jonathan scored two runs and went 2-4 at the plate and Kramer finished the game 2-4 with a run scored and three runs batted in.

Genesee falls to 8-16 on the season and will return to action tomorrow when they host Niagara County Community College for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

(#10 Yui Sotah connects on a pitch against Mercyhurst North East)

April 18, 2013 - 9:33pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

The Genesee Community College softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Jefferson Community College on Thursday afternoon, falling 11-6 in game one and 7-5 in game two.

Genesee had an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning in game one, but allowed five runs to Jefferson in the fifth to give up the lead for good.

Chelsea Lynch scored two runs, stole two bases and delivered a double. Miki Kawaguchi also scored a run for GCC.

In game two, GCC trailed 3-0 before putting together a five-run fourth inning to take the lead. Taylor Gayton sparked the rally with an RBI single that scored Yui Sotah. Tori Kramer followed with an RBI single and Rachel VanDuser tied the game at three with an RBI double. Kramer then gave the Lady Cougars the lead after scoring on a passed ball and with the bases loaded, Kawaguchi scored to make it 5-3 GCC after Andrea Pursel was hit by a pitch.

Jefferson came back to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth and then used a two-run home run in the seventh to take a 7-5, which they held on to.

Genesee falls to 6-14 on the season and will host Columbia-Greene Community College on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

(Alishia Foss (white) delivers a single in game two of GCC's doubleheader against Jefferson CC)

April 16, 2013 - 8:35pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

A five-run fifth inning doomed the Genesee Community College softball team against Broome Community College on Tuesday afternoon, as the visiting Hornets picked up an 8-2 win in the only game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader.

Rain fell all afternoon, cancelling game two, and caused slick conditions throughout game one.

Genesee trailed 3-2 in the fifth before giving up the five runs, and the Lady Cougars could not bounce back.

Andrea Pursel pitched 4.1 innings before giving way to Alishia Foss who finished the final 2.3 innings of the game without giving up a hit.

Both GCC runs came as a result of wild pitches as Miki Kawaguchi scored to tie the game at one in the bottom of the first and Chelsea Lynch crossed the plate in the fourth to get Genesee to within 3-2.

Kawaguchi, Lynch and Brittnee Hallett-Jonathan all collected hits for GCC.

Genesee is now 6-12 on the season and will host Jefferson Community College for a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 3 p.m.

(Pitcher Andrea Pursel (white) tries to cover the plate as a Broome CC runner slides in safe)

April 10, 2013 - 3:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, high school sports, softball.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of three Batavia High School softball players alleges that the varsity softball field there is substandard, but Section V officials and area softball coaches say the field isn't anything out of the ordinary.

Yes, it's not Dwyer Stadium, where the boys play baseball, but no coach has ever complained about the facilities at BHS, according to Bob Huber, chairman of the Section V girls softball committee.

In fact, the BHS has been used previously for neutral-ground games during early Section V playoff rounds.

Representing the girls in the suit is the Empire Justice Center out of Rochester.

The suit alleges a violation of Title IX, a federal law in place since 1972 mandating equal opportunity in public school sports.

According to the suit, the girls have been denied their rights under Title IX because the girl's softball field is not comparable to Dwyer Stadium.

Dwyer was built nearly 20 years ago at a cost of $3 million, which was financed by state grants and a city bond. The school district did not participate in its construction or financing.

The Batavia Muckdogs, a short-season Class A team affiliated with the Miami Marlins and owned primarily by the community, plays at Dwyer from June to September. During the spring, the field is open to high school and college teams.

For high school games, the Muckdogs collect $175 per game (Notre Dame plays at Dwyer as well).

Muckdogs General Manager Travis Sick said the $175 fee barely covers the cost of making the field available to high school teams.

"It's a community service and the city owns the stadium," Sick said. "We're happy to make it available."

The suit says the facilities are unequal because the girls field doesn't have 2,200 covered grandstand seats, nor lightning for night games, a ticket booth, an outfield fence, an electronic scoreboard, press box, covered dugouts, concession stand and bullpens.

Of course, the boys don't use all those amenities at Dwyer. Typically, fewer than 200 people attend a high school game.

CORRECTION: Only Notre Dame boys play night games at Dwyer -- twice a year.

But no high school games involve selling tickets and the concession stands are never open during high school games.

Dwyer is also one of the most cavernous professional stadiums around with 330 feet from home plate down each line. Few high school players can hit a home run over Dwyer's 12-foot-high outfield walls.

The suit alleges the girls playing at BHS can't hit-out-of-the-park home runs because there is no fence.

There is no fence at BHS because the outfield overlaps with a soccer field.

Also, according to the suit the "infield is covered with pebble-sized gravel mixed with some dirt, making it dangerous and painful for players to slide."

Ron Funke, athletic director and girls softball coach with Pembroke HS, and a member of the Section V committee, said the Batavia field is the same quality typical not only of girls fields, but boys fields, throughout Section V.

It's a special infield mix commonly used on softball and baseball fields, he said.

The suit states, "The infield material makes it harder for the players to play at their most competitive level and has given them a reputation in their league for having the worst field."

But both Funke and Huber said they've never heard complaints about Batavia's field and Funke said he thinks it's a fine place to play.

Funke indicated he was a little baffled by the suit.

"I don't know where else they'd play," Funke said. "There isn’t anything for softball other than GCC and there isn’t another facility like Dwyer for the girls to play in, and GCC has their own games to play."

The school distirct did manage to schedule four of the girls' 11 home games this season at GCC.

But even GCC's field doesn't have the amenities of Dwyer.

We called the Empire Justice center to respond to some of these issues, but the attorney handling the case is not giving interviews. We were told the center would issue a written statement for all media at a later time.

While the suit alleges that many girls fields in "the league" have fences, dugouts and seating, both Huber and Funke said it's really a mixed bag. There are several teams without fences, they said.

Both said there are also some boys' teams in Section V that play on fields without dugouts and bullpens.

The suit has multiple paragraphs covering the lack of night lightning for girls softball, noting that night games "have a big-league quality not associated with day games."

There are never night high school games played at Dwyer because night lighting is expensive.

The school district included proposed upgrades to the girls' field as part of a bond measure rejected by voters in 2011, and are including $110,000 in funding for upgrades in a bond measure that will go before voters next month.

School officials say, and the suit acknowledges, that Empire Justice attorneys were aware of the proposed bond measure before filing the lawsuit.

The suit complains that if the bond passes, improvements will only cover dugouts, scoreboard and a fence, and that the changes won't take place prior to the 2013 season.

The students named as plaintiffs in the suit are Rebecca Myers, 14, who's a student at Batavia Middle School, Elizabeth Myers, 17, a junior and captain of the team, and Kimberly Walsh, 17 and a senior.

The class-action suit seeks relief for all current and future girl softball players at BHS.

Currently, the school has no JV softball team because of a lack of participating students. In order to field a team for the 2013 season, the team includes two seventh-grade students and one eighth-grade student.

Asked if he was concerned that the district could go to the expense of upgrading the facilities and dealing with the lawsuit only to find that in a season or two, there will be no softball team due to lack of participation, Superintendent Chris Dailey said he is not concerned.

Asked if the district has considered moving the boys out of Dwyer and to one of the district's three baseball fields, Dailey said, "We're always thinking."

Dailey said he doesn't have an estimate yet on how much it will cost the district to respond to the suit.

If the cost of upgrades to the softball field is $110,000, the district will take nearly 45 years at $175 per game to pay $110,000 for the boys to play at Dwyer.

April 6, 2013 - 6:18pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

The Genesee Community College softball team split a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with visiting Jamestown Community College-Olean, falling in game one, 7-6, and winning game two, 13-12.

JCC-Olean built an early 5-0 lead in game one before Brittnee Hallett-Jonathan delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the second inning to get GCC on the board.

The Lady Jaguars scored twice in the fourth, but Genesee responded with two runs of their own to stay within 7-3. Chelsea Lynch led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, stole second and eventually scored on a passed ball. Yui Sotah followed with a single and then scored for the second time in the game on an RBI groundout by Hallett-Jonathan.

Trailing 7-3 in their final at bat, the Lady Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but were unable to complete the comeback and dropped game one. Taylor Gayton delivered a bases loaded single in the home half of the seventh and Lynch added a two-out RBI double, but the rally fell short.

(Yui Sotah (white) slides in safe to second base for GCC in game one of their doubleheader on Saturday afternoon)

 

Alishia Foss pitched a complete game on the mound for GCC. Sotah went 3-4 at the plate and scored two runs. Miki Kawaguchi added a hit and scored a run and Lynch finished 2-4 and scored a run.

In game two, Genesee took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after pitcher Andrea Pursel set down the Lady Jaguars in order in the top of the inning.

GCC led 5-2 to start the fourth inning, but JCC-Olean scored eight times in the frame on five hits to take a 10-5 lead.

The Lady Jaguars added to their lead in the fifth with two more runs, but GCC began to claw back. Rachel VanDuser delivered a run scoring ground out in the bottom of the fifth and Pursel came around to score after being hit by a pitch to get the Lady Cougars to within 12-7.

Foss got Genesee a run closer after scoring on an error in the sixth and Pursel pitched around a leadoff single in the top of the seventh to keep JCC-Olean off the board in their final at bat.

Trailing 12-8 and down to their final three outs, the Lady Cougars mounted another comeback. Gayton delivered a two-run single, Foss plated a run on a single and Lynch drove in a run on a double to tie the game at 12 apiece. Pursel then stepped to the plate and hustled out an infield single and saw the throw go wide of first base allowing Lynch to score the game winning run.

Hallett-Jonathan went 4-4 at the plate in game two and scored two runs. Foss was 2-3 with two walks, a run batted in and four runs scored and Gayton finished the game 2-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Pursel battled for the win on the mound allowing 11 hits and striking out two in the game.

Genesee is now 5-10 overall on the season and will travel to Finger Lakes Community College on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

February 2, 2013 - 7:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, softball, Snow Ball.

Two longtime rivals, the teams representing "Genesee Hardware" and "Pino Vincenzo" returned to annual "Snow Ball" battle Saturday in Williams Park.

The two teams started a tradition of playing a winter softball game as youths, and didn't play a match for about 20 years before returning to the park last year.

To purchase prints, click here.

July 23, 2012 - 7:22am
posted by Rick Franclemont in batavia, sports, Le Roy, softball, Byron Bergen, crossroads house.

On Saturday the Tonawanda Valley Youth Ladies Fastpitch Softball League (TVYLFSL) hosted a Junior Division small ball softball tournament to benefit Crossroads House.

Four teams of 10-12-year-old girls participated, representing Batavia, Le Roy and Byron-Bergen.

Participants and their families were asked to bring donations from the Crossroad House wish list.

http://www.crossroadshouse.com/

"Crossroads House is a comfort care home for those who have a terminal illness and have been medically determined to be in the last three months of life. Crossroads House is an alternative to a hospital or nursing home when care can no longer be provided in the patient's own home."

Le Roy 2 coached by Micky Hyde won the tournament. Tied in points going into the last game with Le Roy 1, Hyde's team scored a run in the last inning to pull off the win.

More pictures from the games can be found here.

June 10, 2012 - 12:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, Notre Dame, softball.

The Notre Dame girls softball team got a homecoming befitting state champions Saturday night with a police and fire escort from the Thruway, down Oak Street, east, then west on Main Street and finally down Woodward to the parking lot of their school.

The girls swept two games in Queensbury Saturday to become the state's Class D champions.

It's the third straight year the softball team had a chance at a title and it turned out truly to be a case of the third time's the charm.

"It took a lot of heart and dedication, waking up super early, getting to practice before games, hitting, throwing, the whole thing," Kaylin Young said. "It was definitely worth it."

In the semi-final game, the Fighting Irish beat Hamilton 9-2, but the championship game was much tighter with Notre Dame (19-7) taking a 1-0 victory over Deposit.

"We were the visiting team so I was the lead-off hitter and I got two early strikes," Laurie Call said. "I'm thinking, 'oh, my gosh,' and then I got a single. Then I just remember each time something bad happened, I just had to tell my adrenaline to go back down and make sure I'm focused on the game and not to worry about the state title. It's just another game."

It's the first state title in softball for Notre Dame.

"It means an awful lot to the Notre Dame community and the family that is Notre Dame," Coach Rick Mancuso said. "We're very proud of the girls and we would like to thank the community for coming out tonight, welcoming us as the newest state champions."

The newest state champions were greeted at the Thruway exit by Engine 12 and Ladder 15 of the Batavia Fire Department and three Batavia patrol cars. With lights and sirens, the caravan of players, parents and fans paraded through the city with dozens and dozens of people turning out along Main Street to cheer for the team.

Laurie said the city's greeting was really overwhelming.

"It’s really, finally like all that weightlifting you've been doing, all those pitches you’ve taken in the legs, like everything finally means something and you just kind of want to stop and cry," Laurie said.

June 8, 2012 - 9:38am
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, alexander, pembroke, softball.

In the final game of the modified softball season Alexander rallied to within 1 of Pembroke.

 

 

 

The final game was held in Pembroke on a beautiful spring day.

 

 

 

The final was Pembroke 17, Alexander 16.

 

 

 

 

 

More pictures can be found here: Alexander - Pembroke modified softball

June 5, 2012 - 9:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, Notre Dame, softball.

The Notre Dame Girls Softball Team won the Far West Regional Championship today after defeating Forestville Central High School, 7-2.

Carly Pike fanned 10 and surrendered only five hits.

The team is now 19-7 on the season.

Notre Dame now moves on to the state semi-finals.

Photo submitted by Scott Grefrath.

June 4, 2012 - 10:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, sports, Notre Dame, softball.

Behind the four-hit performances of Laurie Call and Kendra Wall, the Notre Dame Girls Softball Team powered its way to an 11-1 win over DeSales in the quarter final game of the state Class D tournament.

The Fighting Irish, hungry for a state championship, will face Forestville at Monroe Community Colleg on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

The Notre Dame baseball team didn't fair as well, dropping a Class DD sectional title game to Arkport, 3-2, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Batavia Blue Devils took a swing at a third-straight attempt to win a Class A Section V title, but dropped the Saturday game (a make-up for a rainout on Friday) to Honeoye Falls-Lima, 7-1.

May 31, 2012 - 11:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, Notre Dame, softball.

The Notre Dame Girls Softball Team won the Class D1 Section V championship tonight in Keshequa by beating Arkport 17-14. 

Photo submitted by Linda Bartlett.

April 29, 2012 - 6:30pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

The Genesee Community College softball team dropped a pair of games to #3 Tompkins-Cortland Community College on Sunday afternoon, falling 4-0 in game one and 11-0 in game two.

The Lady Cougars only managed four hits in game one, all of which were singles. Chelsea Lynch (Attica, NY) was 2-3 in the game with two infield singles. Miki Kawaguchi (Japan) was 1-3 and Abbey Rocque was 1-3.

Alishia Foss (Medina, NY) pitched well, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and struck out one.

(#6 Alishia Foss pitched both games in Sunday's afternoon double header against Tompkins-Cortland Community College)

 

In game two, Tompkins-Cortland built a 3-0 lead early and then blew the game open with an eight-run fifth inning to win via the mercy rule.

Genesee managed only three hits in the second game as Lynch delivered a double and was 1-2. Kawaguchi was 1-2 as well and Alex Miller (Attica, NY) added a single and was 1-2.

GCC finishes the regular season 12-18 and will wait until seedings are announced to see if they advance to the Region III tournament.

April 16, 2012 - 11:03pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

The Genesee Community College softball team split a double-header with Erie Community College on Monday afternoon, winning game one 7-1 and dropping game two 10-2.

In game one the Lady Cougars scored three times in the second inning and added four in the sixth behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Alishia Foss. Foss threw a complete-game, allowing one un-earned run on five hits while striking out four. She also added an RBI triple at the plate.

Chelsea Lynch was 2-3 at the dish and scored two runs. Jennifer Merle went 2-3 with two doubles, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Alex Miller was 2-4 with an inside the park homerun.

#2 Chelsea Lynch drops down a bunt single in GCC's first game against Erie Community College

 

In game two, Genesee was doomed by a rough second inning. Erie CC scored nine runs in the second frame on four hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and five errors.

The Lady Kats added a run in the fifth inning to take a 10-0 lead. GCC scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, but were unable to close the gap further, falling via the eight-run mercy rule.

Lynch went 2-3 with a run scored and Sabrina Wilhoite was 1-2 with a run scored. Foss pitched game two as well, throwing five innings and striking out four.

With the split, Genesee is now 10-10 on the season and 3-1 in Western New York Athletic Conference play. They will travel to Jefferson Community College on Thursday at 3pm for their next game.

April 12, 2012 - 8:43pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

The Genesee Community College softball team opened Western New York Athletic Conference play on Thursday afternoon with a two-game sweep of visiting Alfred State College.

Alishia Foss pitched well in game one, allowing five runs while striking out three in a complete game effort. Her offense built an early lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning, including an RBI triple from Miki Kawaguchi. The Lady Cougars led 8-5 in the fifth inning and won via the eight run mercy rule after putting together a five-run fifth. They sent all nine batters to the plate and got a two-run single from Kawaguchi and a sacrifice fly from Amanda McGowan. Genesee won game one 13-5.

Kawaguchi finished the game 2-4 with 3 RBI’s, Alex Miller went 2-3 with four runs scored and Sabrina Wilhoite went 3-3 with three runs scored.

Alex Miller delivers a hit against Alfred State College

In game two, Genesee answered a top of the first inning run from Alfred State with a three-run home half of the inning, highlighted by an RBI single from McGowan, to take the early lead. The Lady Cougars were a run away from another mercy rule victory, leading 11-4 in the 6th inning before Alfred State scored seven times to tie the game at 11. GCC went quietly in the sixth and the seventh innings, and the game went into extra frames.

Both teams exchanged a run in the eight inning. Alfred State kept the pressure on with a run in the ninth and put two runners on base with a chance to extend the lead. GCC pitcher Abbey Rocque kept the Lady Cougars in the game by striking out the next three hitters, keeping it a one-run game. Genesee quickly tied the game in the ninth on an RBI single from Foss and then won the game when Wilhoite hit a line drive to center that was dropped, scoring Foss. GCC won game two 14-13.

Members of the GCC softball team celebrate #8 Sabrina Wilhoite's game-winning hit

Rocque pitched the entire game and also delivered a two-run double. Lindsay Chatt was 2-5 in game two, scoring twice and driving in a run. Kawaguchi was 2-5 with two runs scored and Chelsea Lynch was 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

With the wins, Genesee is now 2-0 in conference play and 9-9 overall. They will play again on Tuesday when they host Erie Community College at 3:30pm.

April 10, 2012 - 8:58pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

The Genesee Community College softball team took two from visiting Finger Lakes Community College on Tuesday afternoon to improve to 7-9 on the season.

In game one the Lady Cougars fell behind early after Finger Lakes CC scored twice in the first inning and then nine times in the third inning to take an 11-0 lead. Genesee began their comeback in the bottom of the third, scoring three times on four walks and an RBI single from Miki Kawaguchi. They then sent 13 hitters to the plate and scored eight times in the fourth inning to tie the game at 11. Finger Lakes CC regained the lead with three runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth and held a 17-11 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Down to their final three outs, Genesee put together a seven run inning including a two-run base hit from Alishia Foss and won the game on a walk-off single by Kawaguchi.

Genesee celebrates Miki Kawaguchi's walk-off single in game one against Finger Lakes Community College

Kawaguchi finished the game 3-4 with three runs batted in. Amanda McGowan added two hits and two runs batted in and also scored twice. Sabrina Wilhoite scored three runs.

Abbey Rocque pitched all seven innings and struck out two en-route to the win.

In game two, Genesee grabbed the early lead when they scored three times in the bottom of the first inning including an RBI single from Chelsea Lynch. Finger Lakes CC responded with four runs in the second inning to take a 4-3 lead. The lead did not last long as Lynch reached base in the third inning after being hit by a pitch, stole second and then scored on an error to tie the game at four. After retiring the Lady Lakers in order in the fourth, Genesee took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning when Wilhoite reached on an error and then scored on an error with two outs. Genesee added a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth and held on for a 7-5 victory.

Foss was the winner on the mound in game two, pitching all seven innings allowing eight hits and struck out two.

Kawaguchi again went 3-4 at the plate, Lynch delivered a run batted in and scored twice and Jennifer Merle went 3-3 with a run batted in.

Genesee will play on Thursday afternoon at 3pm when they host Alfred State for a double header.

April 5, 2012 - 11:38pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, softball.

The Genesee Community College softball team hosted Corning Community College on Thursday afternoon and split the two-game double header with the visiting Red Barons.

Corning jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning in game one. The Lady Cougars responded when Chelsea Lynch delivered an RBI single that scored Alex Miller to cut the lead to one. Genesee took the lead in the third inning after Miki Kawaguchi tied the game with an RBI single and then came around to score on a Lindsay Chatt hit. GCC led 4-3 in the fifth inning before the Red Barons scored six runs to take the lead for good. Genesee added a run in the seventh but could not come back further.

Kawaguchi finished game one going 3 for 4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Chatt and Lynch each went 1 for 4 with a run batted in. Abbey Rocque pitched seven innings and allowed nine runs (four earned) and struck out one.

In game two, Genesee fell behind early once again. Corning scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take the lead. The Lady Cougars cut into the lead with two runs in the second on RBI singles from Sabrina Wilhoite and Kawaguchi. The Red Barons added a run in the sixth and the seventh to take a 5-2 lead into the final frame. Down to their final two outs, GCC put together four straight hits including a three-run double by Alishia Foss, tying the game at five and sending it to extra innings. In the eight, Corning took a 6-5 lead with a run on a hit and a sacrifice fly. The Lady Cougars responded scoring twice in the bottom of the eighth, winning the game 7-6 on a walk-off single from Miller.

The GCC Softball team  celebrates Alex Miller's walk-off single in game two against Corning CC on Thursday afternoon

Mallory Frew scored two runs in game two, Chatt went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Rocque went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Foss picked up the win on the mound going eight innings allowing six runs and sruck out three.

Genesee moves to 5-9 on the season and will host Finger Lakes Community College on Tuesday at 3pm.

February 26, 2012 - 12:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, softball, Williams Park.

For a long time, teams representing Genesee Hardware and Pino Vincenzo have been rivals on the softball diamond, but it's been nearly 20 years since they played their once-annual "Snow Ball" match at Williams Park. That tradition was revived Saturday when the two teams braved the cold and the snow-covered field to once again prove which team has what it takes to be called "champion."

June 11, 2011 - 8:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, Notre Dame, softball.

The video is of Marissa Diescher, pitcher for Livingston Manor, a Gatorade Player of the Year with a full-ride scholarship to Penn State. 

Her fastball can clock at 67 mph, which she mixes with a change up, rise and drop.

After taking a semi-finals game 16-0 earlier today against a pitcher who threw 15 to 20 mph slower, Notre Dame Coach Rick Mancuso said his Fighting Irish team was a little out of rhythm to start the game.

He also he made a mistake in the first inning, calling the wrong pitch, which led to a home run for Livingston Manor and a 2-0 deficit. 

It was all up hill from there, with Notre Dame only getting two base runners on no hits and dropping the final 8-0.

"It was a great trip and I couldn't be prouder of the girls," Mancuso said. "We had a great time down here. It was awesome."

He said even in being no hit, the Notre Dame girls were pleased to get a chance to compete against a player of Diescher's caliber.

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