7 Jun 2010
Softball: State tournament previews for Valley Central, Cornwall
Cornwall pitcher Alyssa Bua.TH-R
Valley Central (20-2) vs. Union-Endicott (13-8)
What: Class AA first round
When: 5 p.m. Monday
Where: BAGSAI Complex in Binghamton
How they got here: Valley Central, making its first appearance in the state tournament since 2004, beat Pine Bush 4-2 for the Section 9 title on Saturday. As the third seed, Union-Endicott beat top-seeded Binghamton 3-1 for the Binghamton-area championship on Saturday.
Scouting report: Valley Central is trying to become the first Section 9 team to win a state Class AA tournament game since the Vikings beat Union-Endicott 3-2 in the first round in '04. Valley Central then lost to John Jay-East Fishkill 5-0 in the quarterfinals. Since that year, Section 9 Class AA teams have been outscored 26-11 in their first state tournament games. ... Valley Central's leadoff hitter, outfielder Amber Corrigan, and catcher Tessa Brown, the No. 3 hitter, both hit .500 (4-for-8) in two Section 9 tournament wins. ... The Vikings' two losses this season have come to defending state Class B champ Mechanicville (3-2) and Class A state player Victor (2-0) at the Morabito tournament at BAGSAI last month. ... Valley Central ace Jane Pinckney, who didn't let up a hit after the first inning against Pine Bush, is 18-1. ... Union-Endicott, making its first appearance in the state tournament in six years, started the season 0-3 and 6-7. "We really have improved defensively, we were just giving up too many runs," said Union-Endicott coach Jim Testa, in his 15th season, "and our pitcher" Rachel Mouillesseaux "had some shoulder issues. But she is fine now. We know anything can happen on any given day, but we feel good right now." Mouillesseaux, a freshman, is 11-7 this season, having pitched on the jayvee team last season. ... Union-Endicott has won seven of eight. ... Valley Central is ranked eighth in the state. "I think Union-Endicott is going to be a lot like Pine Bush," said Valley Central coach Frank Jordan. "The type of team that made a late charge and are really dangerous."
Up next: The Valley Central-Union Endicott winner will play North Rockland in the state quarterfinals on Wednesday. If Valley Central beats Union-Endicott, the game would be held at Minisink Valley in Slate Hill. North Rockland beat Roy C. Ketcham 6-2 in the Section 1 final on Saturday and received a bye in the first round of the state tournament.