Utica – The Mohawk Valley Community College Hawks Softball team split a doubleheader with Hudson Valley Community College, dropping game 1 in extra innings, by a score of 6-3, before bouncing back for an 8-5 win in game 2.
Game one featured a plethora of locally grown softball talent. MVCC’s roster of 14 players includes from 12 from right here in Section III. For HVCC, former Whitesboro Warriors standout Ashley Robinson was the starting pitcher for the Lady Vikings, who entered today’s contest with a record of (3-3).
The Lady Hawks, who came into today’s action at (4-10) overall, spotted Hudson Valley a two run lead in the top of the first inning, as freshman Emma Hodges (Sherburne-Earlville) was roughed up in the early going. Hodges would recover though and regained complete control as the game wore on.
Leading 2-0 in the home half of the first inning, Ashley Robinson got two quick outs for the Lady Vikings. MVCC’s Celene Laracuente (Utica, Proctor) then ripped a two out single, followed immediately by another sharp single off the bat of Carissa Tasovac (West Canada Valley). With two on and two out, another former Lady Indian from West Canada, Sydney McEvoy, belted a monster three run shot over the left field fence to give the Lady Hawks a 3-2 lead.
Both teams threatened in innings 2 through 5, but neither was able to plate another run. Hudson Valley had runners at second and third in both the 3rd and 5th innings, but Hodges came through with huge strikouts in both instances to end the threats.
With one out in the top of the 6th, Hudson Valley’s Jayda Bryant-Bonarrigo joined the homer party with a shot over the center field fence to tie the game at 3-3, which is the way we’d go to the 7th.
After a scoreless 7th inning, Hudson Valley plated 3 runs in the top of the eighth, which was enough for relief pitcher Dana Julian, who shut down the Hawks in the home half of the extra frame, giving the Lady Vikings the 6-3 win.
MVCC rebounded in game number two, with an 8-5 victory, to improve to (5-11) on the season. Hudson Valley headed back to Troy, NY with a record of (4-4).
The Lady Hawks return to action on Saturday, when they play host to Monroe Community College for a doubleheader.