By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Junior Marley Lippett and Sophomore Dani Seamon combined for 16 strike outs as the Hawkeyes improved to 3-0 with a 12-5 softball win over visiting Oneonta on Thursday, May 6, at Cooperstown Central School.
Lippett went four innings in her debut game of the year, after missing a doubleheader at Canastota on Saturday, May 2, because of COVID protocol. She gave up four hits and five runs.
Lippett struck out eight batters, including pitching out of a first inning jam. After striking out the first batter of the game, she walked two batters and let them get to second and third with one one.
However, she got Jenna Gaisford on a fly ball out and struck out Makenzie Pierce to end the inning.
Seamon relieved Lippett with one on in the fifth inning and got strike outs for eight of the nine outs she recorded, giving up no hits but walking three batters. She also scored two runs and stole two bases.
Gaisford took the loss for Oneonta (2-1, 2-0), but went 2-for-4 at the plate, with three RBI, including a bases clearing double in the fifth inning, to end Lippitt’s day on the mound.
Gaisford started the game retiring the side, striking out the first three Cooperstown batters she faced. However, the Hawkeyes scored three runs to start the second inning on an RBI single from Ellie Hotaling, an RBI sacrifice by Anna Lambert and a passed ball.
“I think Cooperstown adjusted to Jenna really well,” Oneonta Coach Randy Brockway said. “They came to hit. I have to give them a lot of credit for adjusting so quickly.
“We had some costly errors and control issues and I think Cooperstown took advantage of it,” he said.
Oneonta tied the game in the top of the third, putting two on base with a walk and an error, followed by RBI singles by Macky Catan and Gaisford and a run-scoring sacrifice by Pierce.
However, the Hawkeyes put the game away in the next two innings, scoring four runs in the third and two more in the fourth.
“It didn’t take us long to get our timing down this year,” new Cooperstown softball coach Buddy Lippitt said. “We’re getting in the box ready to hit. We getting our bats going early.”
Sophia Hotaling went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored for Cooperstown (3-0, 0-0), and Ellie Hotaling went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Catan and Emma Burr each scored two runs for the Jackets (2-1, 2-0). Oneonta was scheduled to play Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday and Owego on Wednesday, in games taking place after deadline.
The Yellowjackets host Unatego at 4:30, Friday, May 14 at Oneonta High School.
Cooperstown was scheduled to play Adirondock on Wednesday after deadline and is scheduled to travel to Sauquoit Valley for a Center State Conference matchup on Monday, May 17.
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C 034 230 x – 12
O 003 020 0 – 5
Winning Pitcher: Marley Lippitt.
Losing Pitcher: Jenna Gaisford.