Taylor Chidester’s two-out, two-strike, two-run home run in the last of the 10th inning Monday lifted Maine-Endwell to a 2-0 Southern Tier Athletic Conference softball victory over visiting Union-Endicott.
Daniella Dean’s first-pitch sacrifice bunt sent Mikayla Klym to third base and, one out later, Chidester delivered her second homer of the season over the right-field fence.
“I was surprised they pitched to her. Taylor is the most dangerous hitter in our lineup,” said coach Matt Raleigh, whose Spartans stranded runners at second and third base in the seventh. Of Tigers pitcher Alexis Eastman, who struck out 10, Raleigh said, “She’s the fastest pitcher in this league and she pitched great today. Kimmy did, too”
Winning pitcher Kim Jones struck out eight for the Spartans, who pulled even in the loss column with U-E, each squad with three in STAC play.
Windsor 6, Chenango Forks 2: At Windsor, pitcher Paige Rauch tossed a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts as the Black Knights (16-1) rolled past Forks (7-8).
Emma Benson went 3-for-3 and Allison Lockwood 3-for-4 for Windsor. Lockwood had an RBI single and Kylie Buchek a two-run single in a three-run fourth inning that staked Windsor to a 4-0 lead.
Elena Shelepak had the Blue Devils’ two hits, including a two-run double in the sixth inning.
Binghamton 7, Vestal 5: At Vestal, Kaily LaForce finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, helping the Patriots to a 10-inning victory. LaForce scored the tying run in the top of the seventh on a throwing error, then drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th on an RBI single. Binghamton’s Mikayla Pourby pitched all 10 innings.
Vestal’s Michelle Chisdak and Sarah Berube each went 3-for-5.
Owego 14, Johnson City 9: At Owego, Becca Bouyea, Allie Heeman and Jill Silvanic combined for eight hits and eight RBI — Heeman and Silvanic each doubling twice — as the Indians (6-8) secured a berth in Section 4 playoffs
Susquehanna Valley 9, Seton CC 0: At Susquehanna Valley, Sierra Storm pitched a two-hitter and Tori Diffendorf was 3-for-4 for the Sabers, who got at least one hit from every batter in the order.
Afton 13, Bainbridge-Guilford 2: At Afton, Cassidy Phillips pitched five innings of one-hit ball and Shawna Stevens was 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Crimson Knights (12-1). Peyton Cutting added a 2-for-4, three-RBI showing.
Union-Endicott 7, Maine-Endwell 2: At Maine-Endwell, No. 9 batter Anthony Noce’s three-run triple highlighted Union-Endicott’s five-run fifth inning in which M-E pitchers hit three batters and the Spartans were guilty of catcher’s interference. Noce finished 2-for-4 and C.J. Krowiak 3-for-4 for the winners.
Darnell Woolfolk and Dylan Wasilnak each had two hits for M-E, which failed to score in the fourth despite loading the bases with nobody out — a force at the plate and consecutive strikeouts squelching the promising situation.
Seton Catholic Central 9, Susquehanna Valley 2: At SV, Michael Korchak struck out eight over six innings to lead SCC (10-5) to a STAC victory. Saints’ catcher Tyler Krowiak finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and teammate Connor Wilson went 3-for-4 with a three-run double in the first inning.
Justin Caroway went 3-for-4 to lead the Sabers (9-7).
Owego 11, Johnson City 2: At Johnson City, Owego’s Matt Marsili pitched a complete game with 14 strikeouts and went 2-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs.
Chenango Forks 7, Windsor 2: At Windsor, Nate Butler tossed a complete-game three-hitter to lead the Blue Devils. Butler finished with seven strikeouts, and teammate Andrew Ziegenfus went 2-for-3 with a double. Windsor is 6-10.
Vestal 3, Binghamton 0: At Vestal, Nick Wegmann and Kevin Franz combined to two-hit the Patriots. Vestal (10-7) scored all of its runs in the first inning as Andrew Gleason had a two-run single and Mike Osinski stole home on a double steal.
Hancock 7, Unatego 0: At Hancock, Ryan Smith struck out 15 in a one-hitter and added a 3-for-4 outing at the plate in the MAC semifinal. Catcher Eli Holton had a home run and two doubles, and Preston Walker was 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Wildcats (12-4), who will oppose Sidney in Thursday’s final at Afton.
Johnson City 19, Elmira 9: At Green Field, Emily Russin scored a season-high seven goals to lead Johnson City in Section 4 play. Russin added two assists, and teammates Gabrielle Moran and Gabby Ruspantini finished with two goals and an assist each. Becky Conklin made 10 saves for the Wildcats, who finish the regular season with a 7-7 record.
Maine-Endwell 4, Vestal 3: The Spartans improved to 10-4 and captured the Metro Division title and advanced to the STAC semifinals on Thursday, when it will meet Norwich.
Maine-Endwell was able to win three of the four singles matches, with John Munley winning 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 spot. Stephen Pham won at No. 2 and Alec Greene at No. 4, and the No. 2 doubles team of Brian Talbot-EJ Porcardi also got wins for the Spartans.
Parth Lalkiya won in singles for Vestal (8-6) as well as the doubles teams of Steven Kelly-Kevin VanHine and Gavin Tice-Tyler Klossner.