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A Memorable Day for TC3 Softball
 April 14, 2014

Panthers Take Two From Mohawk Valley in Wild Fashion

DRYDEN, N.Y. – Sunday was a day like no other for the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team, as the Panthers swept Mohawk Valley Community College in wild fashion, coming from way behind in both games. The wins, by final scores of 16-15 and 18-10, improve TC3 to 6-6 overall and 4-4 in Region III play. Mohawk Valley is now 4-9 overall and 4-6 in region.

The day started quietly enough, with a scoreless first inning for both teams in game one.  After that, the day was anything but quiet. Mohawk Valley put three on the board in the top of the second inning, but TC3 answered with four runs in the bottom of the third, with Sara Ford (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) starting it off with a solo home run. Mohawk Valley regained the lead with six runs in the top of the fourth, but TC3 erased the five-run deficit with six in the bottom of the frame to lead 10-9 heading into the fifth. In the fifth, the Hawks scored five runs, and when the Panthers plated two in the bottom of the frame, the Mohawk Valley lead stood at 14-12 heading into the sixth. After a rare scoreless inning, Mohawk Valley plated a run in the seventh to lead 15-12 with the Panthers coming up for the last time. In the bottom of the frame, TC3 rallied with four runs, with Kaley O’Brien (Niskayuna H.S./Niskayuna) delivering the game-winning RBI.

The Panthers collected 23 hits, tied for the third most in a game ever for a TC3 team. Ford and Angela Everhart (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) each went 4-for-5 and O’Brien and Casey Morey (Owego Free Academy/Owego) each went 3-for-4. Karrie Snyder (Newfield H.S./Newfield), Kailyn Andrews (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca), Macey Morse (Fabius-Pompey H.S./Fabius), and Kaitlyn Edsall (Whitney Point H.S./Whitney Point) each had two hits, with Snyder, Andrews, and Morse counting a double among their hits. Ford added a double to her home run, helping to drive in three runs. She also earned the win on the mound, going all seven innings.

Game two was a hard one to believe, even for those that watched it live. Mohawk Valley opened the game by scoring 10 in the first inning, as Ford was knocked out of the game after allowing six runs and recording just one out. Elizabeth Lawrence (Moravia H.S./Moravia) came on in relief, eventually recording the final outs of a long half inning. In the bottom of the frame, the Panthers started to chip away, scoring three runs with the big hit coming in the form of a two-out, two-run double by Taylor Policay (Lansing H.S./Ithaca).

Lawrence set the Hawks down in order in the second, and seemed to settle in. The Panthers didn’t score in the second, but Lawrence again held the Hawks off the board in third, and in the bottom of the frame the home team rewarded her with a huge offensive outburst. Morey led off with a single, setting the stage for an eight-run inning that was highlighted by a grand slam from Policay, and RBI double from O’Brien, and a two-run double from Andrews that gave the Panthers the 11-10 lead.

In the top of the fourth, the Panthers started to flash the leather. With a runner on first and no outs, a Mohawk Valley batter lifted a blooper ball that looked to fall in between the infield and outfield, but Snyder, playing shortstop, made a fantastic play, diving away from the infield to snag the ball. She then whirled, and from her knees, rifled the ball to first to double off the runner that hadn’t made it back to the base yet. The inning ended with Policay making a great catch of a foul pop up, preserving the lead for the Lawrence and the Panthers.

In the bottom of the fourth, Policay added to the lead, lifted a high fly ball that cleared the left-center fence for her second home run and seventh RBI of the game. Later in the inning Snyder had a two-out, two-run single to make the score 14-10. Another 1-2-3 top of the inning that included two more great caches – this time from Everhart in left field and Andrews behind the plate – coupled with two more runs for the Panthers in the bottom of the frame made the score 16-10 after five. Everhart made two more great catches in left and Andrews threw out a would-be base stealer to keep the Hawks off the board in the sixth, setting the stage to end the game in the bottom of the inning. RBI singles from Andrews and Morse pushed the score to 18-10, ending the game due to the mercy rule.
Policay and Morse each ended the game with four hits, with Policay blasting two double and two homers and driving in seven. Andrews had three hits and four RBI, and Morey was 3-for-3 with a pair of walks. Lawrence earned the win, allowing only two hits and no runs over the final five innings. 

TC3 heads back on the road Monday, playing at Corning Community College.

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