Cortland Softball Forces Game 3 of SUNYAC Championship

Hannah Thornhill (via cortlandreddragons.com)

The Cortland Red Dragons softball team defeated Geneseo Knights, 7-3, in the second game between the two teams of the 2019 SUNYAC double-elimination tournament. The first meeting between the two teams resulted in a Geneseo win, meaning a win in game two would have crowned Geneseo as the SUNYAC Champs.

Cady Walts took the mound for Cortland, giving Geneseo trouble throughout the entire game. Walts had given up just two hits going into the bottom of the seventh inning. One hit had come in the bottom of the first and the bottom of the fourth.

Ashlyn Kersch opened on the mound for Geneseo and had allowed just one hit heading into the top of the fifth inning.

The Red Dragons blew the game wide open in the top of the fifth, when they opened with back-to-back-to-back singles from Hannah Feldman, Alyssa Finno, and Skyler Hoyt, respectively. Hoyt’s single had scored a run for Cortland. Kelly O’Gormon would go on to single down the left side, scoring another run. Taylor Moore would then come into pitch for Geneseo, but to no avail. Another single, this time coming from the bat of Taylor Felicello would send home another run followed by a two-run double, courtesy of Sabrina Caputo. Geneseo would escape the inning, down 6-0.

The top of the seventh inning would mean another run for Cortland; resulting from an O’Gormon single, Felicello walk, Caputo sacrifice bunt, and Feldman sacrifice fly to right field, sending O’Gormon home. The score was 7-0, Cortland, heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Geneseo mounted some offense in their last at-bats of the game once Kersch singled to right field, followed by a home run to left center field by Danni Napoli. A double and then a single would put runners on the corners. A sacrifice fly by Jasmine Petrishin would send home a third run before the end of the game.

The win marked Cortland’s Walts’ 14th on the season, with just four losses. Geneseo’s Kersch was given just her third loss of the season, owning 14 wins on the season as well.

The Red Dragons’ victory forces a third game against Geneseo on Sunday, May 5th, at 12 p.m. The winner will become the 2019 SUNYAC Champions.

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