SOUTH COLTON - The Colton-Pierrepont Central softball team advanced to its second Section 10 Class D championship game in three years with a convincing 15—0 five-inning win over Hammond Central in a semi-final round matchup staged at Swift Field on Thursday.
The Lady Colts (13-3) took control of the game with a five-run surge in the bottom of the second inning. They added four more runs in the fourth before pushing across seven in the fifth.
Senior Sabrina Johnson went the distance for the win, striking out seven and walking three while limiting the Lady Red Devils to just three hits. Mikayla Horton was saddled with the loss as C-P took advantage of 12 errors to score the majority of their runs.
Sophomore Morgan Burns continued to swing a productive bat in the winning effort going 4-4 with six RBI and two runs scored. Eve Whalen had two hits and three runs scored. Morgan Doyle (triple) and Haylee Hennessy both connected for a pair of hits and came around to score twice. Andrea Aldous singled and scored three times. Kathryn Miller and Johnson both singled and scored solo runs. Hannah Hogle had the other run scored.
Paige Frisina struck for two of the three Hammond hits while Horton notched the other.
The Lady Colts will now get set to take on top-seeded Heuvelton Central on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the SUNY Potsdam diamond in a rematch of the 2012 Class D final that saw the Lady Bulldogs come away with a 7-2 win. Heuvelton advanced to Saturdays championship game by pulling away to a 14-1 decison over Lisbon in the other Thursday afternoon semi-final.
We know that Heuvelton is going to be tough and we are going to play really, really well to have a chance to beat them, noted coach Wayne Lyndaker. Im just very proud of the way we played today.
Heuvelton 14, Lisbon 1: In Heuvelton, the 18-0 and number four state-ranked Lady Bulldogs made all the plays in the field and collected 15 hits to back a combined seven-strikeout two-hitter by Alexis Weidner and Paige McCormick. Weidner went five innings to pick up the win and McCormick closed with two innings of scoreless relief.
Weidner also delivered a double, two singles and a sacrifice bunt in the winning offense which was headed by Alexis Sawyers four singles. Hannah Thornhill lined three singles, Shelby Williams tripled and singled, Kristi Donnelly singled twice and Logan Tallman doubled.
Alysha Murray pitched a complete game for Lisbon and doubled and Nicole Neadom stroked a single.