DRYDEN — Small ball paid big dividends for the Lansing softball team, as they bunted and stole their way back from a 5-1 deficit in the top of the sixth inning to claim a 6-5 victory over the Dryden Lions Monday afternoon at Dryden High.
The Bobcats mustered only three hits, but with one out in the top of the sixth inning, they shifted gears offensively from a traditional approach to bunting and stealing their way around the bases.
The Lions were flabbergasted, unable to get the outs at first even with the infield in. With each offline throw and wild pitch, the Bobcats showed no hesitation in taking the extra base.
The Bobcats scored the tying run when Corinna Petrich broke for home on a dropped third strike that allowed the batter, McKayla Burke Walsh, to reach safely. Burke-Walsh then came around to score the go-ahead run after stealing second and racing all the way home on a groundout to third by Brooklyn Walker.
“We get in our own heads,” Dryden coach David Allen said. “It’s not like we don’t practice it. We’ve got our third baseman pulled up the line, anticipating the bunts. We made two errors on bunts. You take those away, and I think it’s a different game, and it slows them down and they don’t try to bunt so much after that.”
All told, the top of the sixth saw five Lansing runs, four Dryden errors, four steals, two wild pitches and just one hit, a double by Kiara Lovejoy.
“They’re a good team,” Allen said. “We didn’t help ourselves out there. You’re playing six outs in the inning, you’re beating yourself.”
The Lions had a golden opportunity to make everyone forget about that rally in the bottom of the sixth, when they loaded the bases with nobody out thanks to singles by Natalie Day and Schalyne Ingalls (2-for-3, run) and a four-pitch walk to leadoff hitter Lindsay Allen (2for-3, double, two runs, RBI).
But Lansing pitcher Ashley Bell got the next two batters to ground into fielder’s choices at home and got the last out on a three-pitch strikeout to get out of the jam unscathed.
For the first five innings, Dryden looked to have the game in hand, which would have been a welcome change from their last two results against Lansing, a one-run loss and a two-run loss. Morgan Best pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run while striking out nine, including an immaculate inning in the third.
The Lions defense was able to preserve the lead by ending the second and fourth innings with outs between third and home, picking off a runner at third after a strikeout and completing a 6-2 double play.
Offensively, the Lions churned out 13 hits, with four coming in each of the first and fifth innings, where they scored two and three runs, respectively. Cassie Seng went 3-for-3 with a walk, RBI and steal. Kahlen Cornell went 2-for-4 with a run. Chloe Russell had an RBI double. Best and Ava Henry each had an RBI single.
The Lions are now 5-3, with all three of their losses coming at the hands of Lansing.
“This season reminds me of a season we had four years ago,” Allen said. “We come out one game, and we don’t hit the ball well, and we beat ourselves, and the next day we come back, and it’s like a different team from day to day.”
The Lions are back in action Wednesday when they visit Trumansburg at 4:30 p.m.
DeRuyter 22, Cincinnatus 7
Kelsey Brown was a force at the plate and in the circle for the Rockets. She collected five hits, including two doubles, scored four runs and struck out eight Cincy batters.
Graycee Forrest and Ashley Schafer each chipped in a single, double and two runs for the Rockets.
The Lions got RBI from Marin Dumian, Mia Stirone and Kaires Raymond.
Homer 7, South Lewis 6
The Trojans won a nailbiter in the first game of the Mudville Tournament Saturday against South Lewis.
With the Trojans leading 7-4 going into the top of the seventh, South Lewis loaded the bases with nobody out. After two Izzy Read strikeouts and a single that cut the lead to 7-5, a base hit up the middle scored the sixth South Lewis run before a relay from Lilly Leuty to Cat Apker to Cece Rappleyea gunned down the potential tying run to end the game and give Homer the win.
Rappleyea and Apker both went 2-for-4 in the game, with Apker stroking a double.
McGraw 16, Madison 6
Lexi Stiles recorded five strikeouts, and five McGraw batters scored multiple runs to power the eagles to victory.
TRACK AND FIELD
Dryden sweeps meet
The Lions girls defeated Union Springs, 82-4, and Whitney Point, 7610. The Lions boys defeated Union Springs, 109-5, and Whitney Point, 103-14.
Athletes who won multiple events for Dryden included Hollace Finver (200 meters, long jump, 4×100 relay), Teghan Garris (shot put and discus), Ella Blomfield-Brown won (400 meters, high jump), Bryant DePaull (110 meter hurdles, high jump, long Jump), Steven Morrow (400 meters, 200 meters, 4×800 relay), Jackson Crocker (1,600 meters, 3,200 meters, 4×800 relay), Michael Cavanagh (shot put, discus), Julian Brockner (800 meters, 4×800 relay) and Aidan Kalousdian (100 meters, 4×100 relay).
Chris West, Mason Nash and Nathan Turner were double winners in the 4×100 relay and the 4×400 relay.
Whitney Point 172, Dryden 174
Whitney Point stayed undefeated (7-0) by narrowly defeating Dryden.
Connor Smith and Patrick O’Neill each had a 39 for Dryden, but Whitney Point’s Holden Maslin medaled with a 38.
The two IAC Large North division rivals square off again today at Ford Hill Golf Course in Whitney Point.