Seton Catholic Central doubled its lead with a four-run fourth inning and went on to defeat Groton, 9-1, in a Section 4 Class C softball quarterfinal game on Wednesday.
Maggie Novitske had a two-run double in the Saints’ big inning to help propel the winners (10-8), who will face Thomas A. Edison in the semifinals. Thomas A. Edison beat Tioga in the other quarterfinal.
“They played a lot of small ball, did the little things well and that was the story of the game,” said Groton coach John D’Antonio. “They took advantage of our mistakes, and you can’t give a good team extra outs at this time of the year.”
Pitcher Ruthanne Forehand had three of her team’s six hits to lead the Indians (13-6), who scored their run in the seventh inning.
The game marked the end of the careers of eight seniors — Forehand, Steffanie Preston, Alex Quarella, Jessica Churchill, Chrissy Reagan, Tiffany James, Jenna Zimmer and Danielle Shields.
Edison-Seton Catholic postponed: Wednesday’s scheduled Section 4 Class C semifinal pitting fourth-seeded Thomas A. Edison against top-seeded Binghamton Seton Catholic Central at Conlon Field in Binghamton was postponed.
The two teams will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at Broome Community College.
The winner will play defending state champion Lansing (19-1) for the sectional title at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Broome Community College. The winner advances to the state tournament, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday against the Section 3 champ at BCC.
The Maine-Endwell girls lacrosse team was able to cut it close in its state regional matchup against Massena before the Spartans’ inability to force a turnover in the final minutes cost them.
With 8:09 remaining in the game, M-E midfielder Mary Kate Guilfoyle scored to cut the Red Raiders’ lead to one goal. Massena stepped up from that point on, maintaining possession for a majority of the rest of the game to hold on to a 12-11 victory in the first round of the Class C state playoffs Wednesday at Vestal High School.