Keuka Storm softball advances to NCAA Regional Championship game

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The sixth-seeded Keuka Storm (23-4-1) posted a 2-1 walk-off win over the second-seeded Ithaca Bombers (30-14) Monday at the NCAA regional being held at Ithaca's Kostrinsky Field. Storm advance to face the top-seeded Messiah Falcons at 5 p.m.; the Falcons need only one win to advance to the NCAA World Series.

Third baseman Brooke Lovell singled with one out to score the winning run after the two teams had gone 10 consecutive scoreless half-innings.

Catcher Sara James tripled down the right field line to open the seventh; following an intentional walk and a strikeout, Lovell fouled off the first pitch she saw before singling in the winning run.

Winning pitcher Allison Richter scattered six hits to improve to 13-3.

James, who also scored Keuka's first run, had two of Keuka's four hits. First baseman Sara Fredericks scored James with a two-out single in the first. She also stole a pair of bases. Penn Yan's Elly Disbrow was 0-for-2.

Alison Greaney drove in Ithaca's run and allowed only four hits while pitching the entire game.

Ithaca's run came in the second inning. Right fielder Jacki Branco led off with a single and advanced to third on base hits by first baseman Carrianne D'Alessandro and Kerry Barger before scoring on a groundout by Greaney.