Oriskany softball falls in state title game
MORICHES — Oriskany's finest softball season came to an end Saturday evening.
Fittingly, it was against the state's best Class D program.
Deposit-Hancock extended its dominance of small schools in New York with an 8-1 win in the title game at the Moriches Athletic Complex. Kaitlyn Macumber pitched and hit the Eagles to victory after both teams notched dramatic semifinal wins.
"I can't believe we got this far," senior Ashley Burnop said as her team filed for the exit after the game. "It was a great senior season."
Oriskany won a few sectional titles in the 1990s and late 2000s but never reached the final four. Not so this year as coach Mike Reilly's squad won its regional game by a run.
Saturday afternoon's final found no such magic for Oriskany as Macumber fanned eight and walked just one in a complete game victory. The junior also homered and doubled and walked and scored three runs and, well ... stole the show.
"We ran into a good hitting and defensive team," Reilly said. "We just didn't hit her (that much) today."
D-H, the defending state poll champions and winners of four of the last five state D titles, scored once in the first inning and twice in the second before Macumber's blast with two on all but clinched the title for coach Dan Briggs' team.
"They were definitely a challenge," Oriskany senior Ashley Reid said. "But we can' be disappointed."
Indeed. Oriskany won a lot of games at the end of the regular season and in sectionals by narrow margins, and with just three seniors.
"It's a loss, so it still hurts," Jordyn Carlo said afterward. "But we worked really hard and cheered each other on no matter what."
Megan Wright and Aolani Roberts singled in the sixth inning to plate Oriskany's run. Juliet Tagliaferri took the loss in the circle, allowing nine hits.
Oriskany wins state semifinal 8-3
Sometimes a runner not listening to their third base coach won't get a lecture.
Knotted in a tight game against Argyle in Saturday's state semifinals, Kaelyn Buehler did not tag up and try to score the tying run for Oriskany in its battle.
Coach Reilly wanted her to go but was undoubtedly relieved moments later as Wright followed Carlo's walk and Reid's single with a triple to center field. That broke the game open and Oriskany went on to win 8-3.
"She's one of our fastest runners, and I wanted her to go," Reilly said. "She hesitated, but it worked out."
The Section II Scots had a 3-0 lead midway through the Class D semifinal when Oriskany scored seven times.
It happened in the bottom of the fourth inning. Oriskany had five of its 10 hits in the inning. Triples by Buehler and Wright did the most damage.
Argyle pitcher Maddy Eldred's homer in the second inning started the scoring and her team added two runs in the third before Oriskany erupted in the fourth.
Tagliaferri was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts and she walked two.
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