Senior shortstop Ellington Hopkins had a pair of hits and drove in a run and classmate Sam Currie worked five strong innings on the mound as Lansing rallied past Unatego, 5-2, on Tuesday in the Section 4 Class C baseball semifinals at Cornell University.
The second-seeded Bobcats (19-1) now await the winner of Wednesday’s other Class C semifinal, between top-seeded Seton Catholic Central (15-3) and fourth-seeded Thomas A. Edison (17-3), which was postponed Tuesday by the weather. That game will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Binghamton’s Conlon Field; the winner will face Lansing for the sectional crown at 4:30 Thursday afternoon at Broome Community College.
Lansing scratched out only six hits off Unatego freshman Josh Firebend. Hopkins, who played a key role in the Bobcats’ 26-0, state-title run a season ago, used his baserunning savvy in the fifth inning to knot the game at 2 after the third-seeded Spartans (18-4) had pulled ahead an inning earlier.
After Hopkins singled to lead off the frame and stole his 32nd base of the season, Alex Schutz followed with a single to right field. Hopkins rounded third while Unatego right fielder Nick Angell picked up the ball. Angell hesitated in getting the ball back to the infield, and Hopkins took off for home and score easily to tie the game at 2.
Currie then grounded out to third and an alert Schutz dashed to third base on the throw to first, then scored on a wild pitch to put the Bobcats ahead for good.
Unatego, which earned a berth in the semifinals by ousting Tioga on Monday, 7-2, managed four hits off Currie and none off reliever Schutz.
Second baseman Quinn Barnhart went 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. He also made several sparkling defensive plays at second.
Class D baseball
Edmeston 6, Margaretville 1: Mike Clark struck out 10 and scattered three singles over seven innings to earn the win for host Edmeston. Nate Truax doubled home the first run of the game in the second, and Edmeston scored in each of the next four innings to advance to the semifinals at 4:30 today at Hancock.
Class C softball
Elmira ND 16, Sidney 0: Top-seeded Notre Dame rolled at home and advanced to Thursday’s semifinal matchup against Union Springs, which edged Harpursville, 4-3.
Olivia May, the Crusaders lone senior, pitched four perfect innings to start things out before she gave up a leadoff single to Karissa Lambrecht in the top of the fifth. The Cornell-bound May allowed two hits over six innings with 13 strikeouts and one walk.
Class D softball
Edmeston 12, Charlotte Valley 0: Sarah Lawrence hit a solo home run in the first inning, and after a pair of runs in the fourth, host Edmeston capped the scoring with nine runs in the sixth to advance to a home quarterfinal matchup with Worcester at 4:30 today.
Hancock 11, Milford 1: At Hancock, Demi Travis was 4-for-4 with two triples and three RBIs to lead third-seeded Hancock to the quarterfinal victory. Travis hit a three-run, two-out triple in the sixth to give Hancock a 9-1 lead. Lea Newman struck out seven for Hancock.
Ithaca 6, Norwich 1: At Reis Tennis Center, Ithaca finished the season 17-0 after claiming the Southern Tier Athletic Conference championship.
The victory gave the Little Red its second straight STAC title and extended Ithaca’s dual match unbeaten streak to 27.
Norwich’s only win came at third singles, with Matt Craig outlasting Aidan Mackenzie, 7-6, 7-5. Craig finished undefeated in dual matches this season.