Leading off today:
Short but sweet. That sums up Sophia Pappas' performance on the softball diamond Monday.
The Susquehanna Valley junior hurled a perfect game, striking out all 15 batters during a 13-0 win over Binghamton Seton Catholic. The Southern Tier Athletic Conference contest was shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
Pappas contributed to the Sabers' offense with two doubles to drive in three runs.
Susquehanna Valley is 7-0 this season.
Milestone, the hard way: Liverpool softball coach Nick Spataro reached 500 career victories, but it sure wasn't easy.
The Warriors fell six runs behind Cicero-North Syracuse through two innings but rallied to an 8-8 triumph. Liverpool did it with four runs in the fourth inning, two more in the sixth and a pair in the seventh to improve to 9-0 near the midpoint of the season.
"I just told them, 'Well, the good thing is we've got the whole game to come back. We'll find out just how mentally tough you are," Spataro told Syracuse.com. "There's no time better than now to show it.' To their credit, they really did."
Monday's contest was the first between the Section 3 powers since last spring's Class AA sectional final, won by Liverpool 4-0. Ashley Teixeira finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored.
Spataro is in his 26th season of coaching.
"I was hoping and thinking about teaching that long, but never thought about honestly coaching that long," he said. "I just take it one day and one year at a time."
Quite a return: Junior Jenna Patterson missed all of the 2016 season after suffering a concussion in the preseason. On Monday, in her first game back, Patterson pitched a five-hit shutout in Lancaster's 13-0 softball win vs. Hamburg.
Lancaster banged out 17 hits to improve to 6-0. Junior Erin Colucci went 3-for-5 with four runs batted in.
Section 5 baseball: A couple of pitching performances in the Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes region caught my attention:
• Jesse Kabat gave up a single on the first pitch and then did not allow another hit the rest of the way as Mynderse edged Palmyra-Macedon 1-0. Kabat struck out seven batters.
Brett Anderson hit a bases-loaded, walk-off single with two outs in the seventh to score Jarrett Follett with the winning run.
• Pavilion outlasted Perry/Mount Morris 3-2 in 13 innings, with Dylan Cote throwing six innings of four-hit relief after Austin VanSon tossed seven no-hit innings and struck out 10.
Ryan Finch worked a two-out walk in the bottom of the 13th and scored the winning run on an infield single by VanSon.
Perry/Mount Morris pitchers Owen Spencer and Carson Devinney combined to face 19 batters.
More baseball: Enzo Stefanoni is working his way toward what may be a state record for baseball pitchers.
The senior at Rye Country Day, which is part of the Association of Independent Schools, has chalked up 37 victories on the mound. There's not a go-to resource in New York when it comes to baseball records, but the 39 wins by Ichabod Crane's Josh Horn is the top mark listed on the NYSPHSAA website and quite possibly the state mark.
"Whenever he's on the mound, you always know you're going to win," classmate Joe Burns told The Journal News "He's definitely one of my role models. I look to him, whether it's at practice or a game, to be focused and ready to go every day."