7 Jun 2010
Monday's softball roundup: Valley Central, Cornwall advance
Valley Central 9, Union-Endicott 0.
By JUSTIN RODRIGUEZ
BINGHAMTON – Valley Central ace Jane Pinckney pounced on the Cassie Diorio comebacker, calmly tossing the ball to first baseman Danielle Bitts for the final out of Monday's Class AA opening round state playoff game at the BAGSAI complex.
It was fitting that Pinckney made the putout that gave Section 9 its first win in the Class AA state playoffs since 2004. Once again the senior dominated. Pinckney scattered four singles with seven strikeouts to lead Valley Central (21-2) to the state quarterfinals against Section 1 champion North Rockland at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Minisink Valley in Slate Hill.
Since giving up two runs in the first inning of a 4-2 win over Pine Bush in the Section 9 championship on Saturday, Pinckney has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings.
“I really wasn't even thinking when I made that play,'' said Pinckney (19-1). “It was nice, my teammates were there, and I was waiting for Sam Maier to attack me. It was really fun. And I feel really confident going into the rest of the season.''
Valley Central, which beat Union-Endicott 3-2 in the first round of the state tournament in the Vikings' last appearance in 2004, jumped on freshman starter Rachel Mouillseaux for two runs in the first inning. The big hit came off the bat of Tessa Brown – a two-run double that scored Amber Corrigan and Taylor Concklin. The Vikings put away UE (13-9) with three runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth.
Leanna Feerick's two-run single highlighted the fifth. Feerick and Maggie Cocks each added an RBI single in the sixth. Brown, Cocks and Feerick all had two hits.
Pinckney gave up two singles in the second, one in the third and an infield single in the seventh.
“Those two runs just shot off the game for us,'' Brown said. “It felt good to get two right in, because we were the visitor and we needed to get on them and shut them down. You just have to get them down in the first couple of innings and cruise from there.''