Alex Alford hit a two-run homer and Cassidy Phillips added a two-run single in a four-run fourth inning that propelled visiting Afton to a5-4 victory over Deposit in a Midstate Athletic Conference softball semifinal on Tuesday.
The Crimson Knights (10-3) will seek their third straight MAC title when they visit Sidney (12-0) at 4:30 Friday. Sidney defeated Bainbridge-Guilford, 6-2, in Tuesday’s other semifinal.
Phillips went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. In addition to her two-run single, she added an RBI single in the sixth that put Afton ahead 5-1.
Deposit (15-3) nearly tied it in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three runs in the frame — the big hit a two-run double by Aubrin Smith — to draw within 5-4. However, with a runner on second base and two out, Afton pitcher Tanya Hatton induced a groundout by Remington Doty to end the game.
Smith went 3-for-3 and Erin Ballard 2-for-3 for the Lumberjacks.
Sidney 6, Bainbridge-Guilford 2: At Sidney, Connor Decker tossed a six-hitter and added an RBI single in a three-run first inning that gave the Warriors the lead for good in the victory over B-G. Jenna McDonald added a two-run single with two out in the fourth inning that gave Sidney a 6-1 lead.
Decker struck out six and walked none. She was aided by a nice play by centerfielder Kailyn Gravel in the fourth inning, Gravel throwing out Katie Barber at home plate after attempting to score from second base on a single by Abby Miller. Barber went 3-for-3 for B-G.
Hancock 10, Harpursville 0: At Hancock, the Wildcats’ Sierra Keesler drove in six runs and Cynthia Wormuth struck out 10 in a three-hitter against Harpursville.
Binghamton 15, Ithaca 0: At Binghamton, Elena Shelapak homered and drove in four runs in the Patriots’ five-inning Southern Tier Athletic Conference victory. Leah McGovern allowed only three hits, striking out five.
Chenango Valley 15, Norwich 14: At Norwich, Maya Davies went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to lead CV to the wild victory. Norwich’s Shannon Moore went 4-for-4 with three doubles, driving in four runs and scoring five.
Chenango Forks 10, Seton Catholic Central 1: At Chenango Forks, the Blue Devils scored five runs in the third inning to secure the win in STAC. Mia Hayes and Brooke Crowningshield reached on a single and double, respectively, and Maddie Fiore hit a RBI double to start the scoring. Hayes and Tori Transue each batted 3-for-4, while starting pitcher Kylee Warner struck out eight and held the Saints to a run on three hits and three walks.
Seton Catholic Central 9, Chenango Forks 1: At Chenango Forks, Seton Catholic Central jumped to a 6-1, scoring three runs in the first and second innings. Matt Ogovaly hit a two-out solo home run in the second inning Michael Bubniak had an RBI.
Chenango Valley 9, Norwich 2: At Chenango Valley, the Warriors jumped ahead with five runs on six hits in the first inning. Kolby Ross and Jake Hertzog each had two RBIs while Brian Cox batted 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Starting pitcher Jaren Moss struck out eight batters and allowed six hits through six innings for CV, which bounced back a day after absorbing an 18-4 home-field loss from Oneonta in which the Yellowjackets sent 12 batters to the plate in a seven-run first inning.
Binghamton 5, Ithaca 4: At Binghamton, Luke Scoville hit a sacrifice fly to score the winning run in the seventh inning. Trailing 3-2, Matt Scott led off with an infield single and reaching second base on a fly out. Bryan Conn followed with a walk and John Petrucci hit a single to load the bases. Nate Keuter then hit a two-RBI double, scoring Scott and Conn to tie the game at 4. Austin Keuter then walked to load the bases for Scoville.
Tioga 14, Candor 3: At Candor, Adam Layman had two RBIs on four hits and Parker Hendershot scored three runs and had three RBIs on two doubles to lead Tioga in an Interscholastic Athletic Conference game. Hendershot also earned the win, allowing a run on four hits through four innings.
Seton Catholic Central 20, Whitney Point 9: At Whitney Point, Sam Crowley scored six goals and two assists and Alex Walsh netted four goals and six assists to lead Seton Catholic Central in Section 4. Crowley and Walsh combined for 10 of the Saints’ 16 goals in the first half. Mitch Taggart made 20 saves for the Golden Eagles.
Maine-Endwell 13, Chenango Valley 4: At Chenango Valley, Vincent Vultaggio posted four goals as Maine-Endwell improved to 13-1. Andrew Grassi scored three goals and three assists while Justin Kopansky, Tyler Thompson and Bradley Chesebro chipped in two goals apiece, as the Spartans outshot the Warriors 28-11.
Union-Endicott 9, Binghamton 8: At Union-Endicott, Mike Cataldo made 12 saves, helping the Tigers shut down a late rally by Binghamton. Trailing 8-4 in the fourth quarter, the Patriots scored four goals in the final seven minutes, the last coming with 13 seconds left. Jake Williamson led the Tigers with five goals and an assist.
Johnson City 9, Chenango Forks 6: At Johnson City, Shan Majewksi scored four straight goals to secure the win for the Wildcats. Majewski tallied two goals in the third quarter and added two in the fourth to put JC up 8-5. Nikko Cejic made 15 saves for the Wildcats and Joey Aldrich had 16 for Chenango Forks.
Owego 19, Oneonta 0: At Oneonta, Patrick Bilbrey scored his 100th varsity goal, leading Owego with 10. Simon Davis followed with four goals, while Liam Elliker and Ethan Pryor added two apiece.