November 30, 2021

Softball season ends in a rout for McGraw

High School Roundup

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PORT BYRON — Nothing seemed fair for the McGraw Eagles Monday.

After a comeback win in their regular season finale, their momentum couldn’t last into their NYSPHSAA Section III Class C tournament first-round matchup with the No. 7 seed Port Byron Panthers, as they
fell 20-0 in five innings.

Beyond just the sheer score, the No. 10 seed Eagles also had to deal with a 30-minute lightning delay in the top of the third, some hard-hit balls resulting in routine outs and injuries to two of their key players.

While Port Byron starter Hannah Jones retired all nine batters she faced despite some rockets off the McGraw bats in the second inning, the Port Byron bats worked overtime against McGraw starter Lexi Stiles.

The Panthers scored seven runs in the first inning, eight in the second and five in the third. Jordan Cook went 3-for-3 with two runs and four RBI, Bella Martinez went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI and Sadie White went 2-for-5 with three runs and two RBI.

The Panthers scratched together 13 hits and also benefitted from three McGraw errors, three hit batsmen and six walks. The Eagles (6-6) managed just two baserunners, as Hannah Wilson drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch in the fourth and Madison Boyer hit a single when the Eagles were down to their final strike in the fifth.

After the lightning delay ended, the teams were allowed some time to warm up again, but just as the warmups ended, Mariah Thompson rolled her ankle on a ball and had to be taken to the hospital. Then in the bottom of the third, Stiles was drilled in the knee with a line drive and had to exit the game, though she was able to stay with the team.

Eagles coach Jessyca Doran recognized one key positive out of the game — her team was engaged from start to finish, supporting each other while in the field and in the dugout, and they didn’t mail in any of their chances at the plate, even when the writing was on the wall.

“It was a tough loss, but I’m very proud of these girls,” Doran said. “They’ve worked very hard this season, and they haven’t made it to Sectionals for softball in a long time.”

When asked how she could take the sting off the loss when talking to her players after the game, Doran said “It’s tough, but I’m proud of them and want them to keep their heads up and keep playing ball. There’s always next year.”


DeRuyter 7, Hamilton 1
The No. 9 seed Rockets knocked off the No. 8 seed Hamilton thanks to a complete game effort on 69 pitches by Gavin Richardson and an RBI triple by Ben Barnes. The Rockets also took advantage of seven Hamilton errors.

The Rockets will visit no. 1 seed Lyme at 5 p.m. today.