ROME – Oriskany softball team’s Senior Night was another success.
Two days after avenging its only loss of the season with a walk-off win over undefeated, state-ranked West Canada Valley, Oriskany – led by senior pitcher Matteson Hoehn – did just enough offensively to get by Poland’s Tornadoes 2-1 in a Center State Conference crossover game at Kost Field on Friday.
“It was Senior Night, so that was a little distracting, and there definitely was a little bit of a letdown emotionally,” said Oriskany head coach Mike Reilly, his team having just rallied for Wednesday’s 2-1 win over West Canada Valley. “But a win’s a win and we did what we had to when we had to do it.”
For the second straight game, that is – that is why Oriskany, 13-1 overall and riding a nine-game winning streak, is sharing the CSC Division III lead with West Canada Valley.
On Wednesday, it was one of Maddelyn Hoehn’s three hits – an RBI double that scored twin sister Matteson in the bottom of the sixth inning – that tied the game. Matteson, who pitched a one-hitter and struck out 14, then delivered the walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
On Friday, it was junior Angelina Hays who singled home what turned out to be the game-winning run in the last of the sixth.
Poland, beaten 19-4 when the teams met for the first time late last month, made Matteson Hoehn work for the win in the seventh inning, though.
The Tornadoes had back-to-back singles and runners on second and third base with nobody out, but Hoehn ended it with an infield popup, ground out and strikeout. She finished with a four-hitter and eight strikeouts and she did not walk a batter.
West Canada Valley started this week ranked No. 15 in the Class C state poll, just ahead of No. 19 Oriskany.
Matteson Hoehn also doubled in Friday's third inning, when Oriskany took a 1-0 lead on a passed ball.
Poland tied it in the fourth inning on Thalia Pantoja’s sacrifice fly. Keara Blumenstock pitched a five-hitter for the Tornadoes, No. 25 in the Class D state rankings.
“After that West Canada game, I told this group that I never think they are out of it,” Reilly said. “This was a big win we needed to keep it going.”
Oriskany ends its regular season against Dolgeville and Westmoreland next Monday and Wednesday, respectively.
• Emily Marshall went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and state-ranked No. 4 Oneida (10-0 Tri Valley League, 16-1 overall) extended its winning streak to 14 games with an 11-1 nonleague victory over Liverpool. Kaylin Curro had three hits and Alyssa Gienger had two hits and three RBIs for Oneida. Winning pitcher Kyra Shlotzhauer allowed six hits and struck out four in six innings.
• Emma Rasch drove in the only run of the game as Little Falls edged Mount Markham 1-0. Freshman Madison Clark pitched a fourhitter, walked one and struck out 11 for the Mustangs.
Whitesboro pitchers combine
to no-hit New Hartford
Bryce Collis and Bryce Gnatek combined to pitch a no-hitter and Whitesboro's state-ranked baseball team blanked New Hartford 10-0 in a Tri Valley League game.
Collis went 6 2/3 innings, struck out eight and walked two. Gnatek got the final out.
Ryan Cardone had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for Whitesboro, 8-1 in the TVL, 11-3 overall and No. 6 in this week's Class A state poll.