Leading off today:
Ashley Ramos started a five-run rally in the seventh inning with a two-run triple and then drove home the winning run in the eighth as Minisink Valley
stunned Vestal 6-5 in the first round of the NYSPHSAA Class A softball tournament Thursday.
Ramos sent an 0-1 pitch into right field in the eighth inning to score Kourtney Ketcham with the winning run.
"Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," Minisink Valley coach Bruce Guyette said. "We weren't so good today, but we were lucky. We came up with some really clutch hits in some really important times."
Vestal freshman pitcher Kay Farro had held Minisink Valley to three hits through six and one-third innings when Gabby Gleason lined a ball off Farro's glove and the pitcher threw wildly to first base. Ketcham followed with a single ahead of Ramos' triple and Mackenzie Tresch followed with an RBI single.
After another Vestal error resulted in a run, senior Becky Kennedy-Titsworth blooped a single to tie the score.
More Class A softball: Shayna Myshrall hit three home runs to highlight Jamesville-DeWitt's 18-2 rout of Malone to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals vs. Ballston Spa.
Combined no-hitter: John Cortese and Taylor Gifford combined to throw a five-inning no-hitter as Fort Plain defeated Norwood/Norfolk 11-0 in the Class C baseball first round.
The Hilltoppers (21-0) will face Ticonderoga in the quarterfinals. Ticonderoga was the runner-up in the 2018 Class C tournament, while Fort Plain was the runner-up in Class D.
Cortese struck out nine and Gifford added three strikeouts for the no-hitter. Cortese added two singles and two runs batted in.
The victory was the 798th of coach Craig Phillips career.
Maine-Endwell advances: Joe Mancini tripled home the tying run in the bottom of the seventh and scored on a wild pitch in Maine-Endwell's 5-4 win over Lakeland in the NYSPHSAA Class A first round.
Lakeland had plated three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead and had Gatorade state player of the year Joey Vetrano on the mound.
"Top of the seventh we were probably starting to think (it looked bleak) but as a team we kept our heads high and we did what we did in the bottom of the seventh, competed and won the game," winning pitcher Adam Rutkowsk said.
More NYSPHSAA playoffs: Senior righty Andres Auffant threw a four-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory over Cold Spring Harbor for unbeaten Center Moriches' fifth Long Island title and second in a row.
Auffant struck out only two but got 14 ground balls, two which got turned into double plays.