Lady Mustangs rally falls short in championship game

Gary Pinneo

The Penn Yan Lady Mustangs tried to make a dramatic comeback in the Section V Class B-1 championship game against the No. 1 seed Aquinas team at Monroe Community College on June 2. But the Penn Yan girl's dream of a come-from-behind victory and a championship came up a little short.

The Little Irish held on for a 3-1 victory, and claimed the 2011 Class B-1 title. Aquinas scored two runs in the third inning and added a big insurance run in the fifth. Trailing 3-0 going into the final stanza, Penn Yan tried to make a comeback bid. Amanda Rivera led off with a double and scored two outs later on a big RBI double by Chelsie Travis. But this would be as close as the Mustangs would be able to get.  Aquinas held on for the 3-1 victory.

Kate Disbrow, Rachel Roddenbery, Matti Ponsetti and Rachel Angell also had base hits for the Lady Mustangs, but Aquinas ace Lexi Haley continally found ways of keeping Penn Yan off the scoreboard. Bri Bush was the hard luck losing pitcher in this contest. She limited the 'Lil Irish to just seven hits, but their three runs would be decisive. The loss ended Penn Yan's bid for a sectional and possible New York State title.

They finished their campaign with an impressive 15-7 record. Kate Disbrow, Rachel Angell, Rachel Roddenbery and Bri Bush were named to the B-1 All-Tournament team.

Veteran Lady Mustang coach Marty Kubli also garnered Co-Coach of the Year honors. He shared this award with Waterloo coach Crystal Jensen.