Penn Yan softball wins in south

Gary Pinneo
The Penn Yan Softball team seniors with their trophy (from left) Larissia Hall, Rebecca Bailey, Mati Ponsetti, Ashley Walker, Megan Lafferty.

The Penn Yan Mustang softball squad capped off a very successful southern trip in style by bringing home a championship trophy. The local diamond girls captured their division honors in the prestigious Grand Strand Classic held every spring in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Mustangs defeated Cassadaga Valley 7-6 in dramatic fashion, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning. With the game tied at 6 entering the final frame, PYA started their ultimate winning rally with a single by freshman Erika Cooper. Pinch-runner Cassandra Sherman promptly stole second base and advanced to 3rd base on a fielder’s choice by sister Brooke Sherman. The winning run scored to cap off this exciting event on a pass ball.

The Mustangs claimed the championship laurels in their division by sporting a perfect 3-0 within the division. They defeated Lewisville, Ala. and Finger Lakes East rival Midlakes to complete their divisional sweep in the tournament.

In the Lewisville victory, Penn Yan once again scored the winning tally in the final inning. Ashley Walker drove in the winning run with a base hit to give the Orange and Blue a 5-4 win. The Mustangs started strong in this contest, plating 4 runs in the opening inning. Laurie Hall’s bases loaded triple was the highlight hit in that frame. Ashley Walker, Mati Ponsetti, and Becca Bailey each contributed 2 hits in this contest for Penn Yan. Brooke Sherman picked up the win in relief.

In the Midlakes game, Penn Yan raced to a 10-4 lead over their local league rivals when the game was halted in the 6th inning. This game counted as a win for Penn Yan in the tournament, but will have to be resumed and completed back home for Finger Lakes East purposes. This suspended game will be completed at a later date and place to be announced.

The Mustangs did drop one game down south, but it was to an opponent out of their tournament division. They lost to Carolina’s Conway 7-6. Mati Ponsetti, Becca Bailey, and Ashley Walker delivered triples in this contest.

With the conclusion of their successful trip, the young Mustangs improved their overall record to 4-2.

They will resume their quest for a Finger Lakes East title and another trip to the Section V tournament this week with a busy schedule of games ahead. Congratulations to the Mustangs and long time Coach Marty Kubli for this exciting tournament win and honor.