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whitesboro“That’s why they play the game.” The phrase proves to be quite true for the Whitesboro Warriors softball team.

After losing twice to the CVA Thunder in the regular season, by scores of 5-0 and 17-5, the tenth seeded Warriors opened Section 3 Class A tournament play against the Thunder on Thursday in Ilion.

Although CVA was the clear victor in the first two meetings of the season, the Warriors threw the records out the window in convincing fashion.

Whitesboro used timely hitting and defense to come away with the opening round upset, by an 11-5 final.

Kristyn Deuel outduels the Thunder.

It was the Warriors who were quick to put the Thunder on notice in the top of the first.

Courtney Morton’s leadoff double sparked a four run, three hit inning that brought eight hitters to the plate.

Morton, Jessica Sardina, Melanie Klauser, and Janay Mucitelli each crossed the dish for the Warriors, while Alyssa Trad added an RBI triple before being stranded to end the inning.

Meanwhile, the Thunder had their fair share of early troubles at the plate.

SBALLWhitesboro pitcher, Kristyn Deuel, gave her defense a chance on every ball put in play. She was rewarded with six, consecutive outs to begin play before the CVA bats showed some signs of life in the third inning.

In the third, CVA quickly put a runner in scoring position when leadoff batter, Mia Lopez, singled and immediately stole second.

 Kaylee Sommer followed with a walk, and Johna Cusworth helped cash in on a warrior error that brought Lopez in to score (3-1).

The inning seemed destined to continue when Taylor Lindig was hit by a pitch, to load the bases, which put shortstop, Audrey Bunce, in position to cash in big with one swing.

Unfortunately for Bunce, the Warriors were the ones with big play potential, as Bunce hit into a 1-2-3 double play that ended a potentially huge inning early.

With momentum on their side at the time, Whitesboro saw fit to string together another strong inning in the top of the fourth.

The warriors tacked on three runs on three hits, with Kali Maggiolino serving as a catalyst for the Warrior offense. With runners on first and second, an error enabled Maggiolino to reach base and Deuel to come in to score (7-1).

To further build on the first run, Maggiolino proceded to steal second, allowing Nicole Sergott to come home because of the throw.

SBALLWith Maggiolino standing on second, Sardina blasted a single to right field, to knock in the third Warrior run of the inning before the side was retired with runners on the corners.

With CVA back at the plate in the bottom of the fourth, it was a case of good news and bad news. The good news for CVA was that they were continuing to get baserunners.

The bad news was, the Warriors were protecting third base as if it was fort knox. Cara Briggs and Hale each got on the bags to start the inning, but consecutive fielder’s choice plays at third permitted no runner to advance past second before the side was retired.

Jessica Sardina battles to make the grab.
Jessica Sardina battles to make the grab.

CVA continued to trail 7-1 until the bottom of the fifth, where the Thunder declared that they would not go down without a fight. They did so on the bat of a previously unlucky contestant.

In the third, Bunce hit into a double play, with the bases loaded, but the CVA shortstop made up for the missed opportunity in emphatic fashion in the fifth.

With runners on first and second, Bunce hit a blast to left center field and rounded the bases, for a 3-run inside-the-park home run, to cut the Whitesboro lead to 7-4.  

With an interesting game now at hand, the Warriors quickly manufactured a run in the top of the sixth, with Sardina driving in Morton, after she was moved into scoring position by Maggiolino’s sacrifice bunt.

CVA however, was quick with an answer, as Sommer scored on an RBI double by Lindig, to keep the Warriors within three, 8-5.

SBALLBut that’s as close as the Thunder got. The Warriors picked up three insurance runs in the top of the seventh, and reliever, Ashley Robinson, slammed the door tight, with a 1-2-3 seventh, to move the Warriors on to the quarterfinals by an 11-5 final.

At the plate, all nine CVA batters got on base at least once, with Lindig’s two hits and Bunce’s home run leading the charge.

Morton picked up three hits and scored three runs to pace the Warrior attack.

In the circle, Kristyn Deuel picked up the win with four innings of two hit softball.  Ashley Robinson went the rest of the way, allowing four runs on seven hits. CVA’s Rebecca Hale went the distance, allowing 11 runs on 13 hits and fanning seven.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 10-11 and will face Oneida in the quarterfinal round on Saturday. CVA finishes its season with a record of 8-8.


Whitesboro 11 Central Valley Academy 5

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