BATAVIA — The Hornell Red Raiders softball team was not intimidated by having to play at No. 1 Batavia (14-7) in the Section V semifinals.
After trailing 1-0, Hornell plated three runs for a 3-1 lead. Batavia had a 3-run home run for the lead and the Red Raiders almost tied it back up but fell, 4-3.
“We had a great season. These girls worked hard all year, they were extremely coachable and I had a lot of fun coaching them,” said Hornell coach Brian Dyring. “This team, I think, put Hornell softball back on the map. I couldn’t be more proud of a group of girls that came together and really became a team.”
Hornell will lost three seniors and return five players who are in middle school and seven underclassmen. The team battled back from a 5-28 record in previous seasons.
On offense for Hornell, Raegan Evingham had a big 2-RBI double that scored Jordyn Dyring and Parker Graham. Evingham also scored on a bunt by Kaden McGregor.
Hornell (8-9) left nine runners on base.
Julia Clark had the big 3-run home run, but only one run was earned.
Dyring threw 4.2 innings allowing just three hits, two earned runs and struck out five. In relief, Evingham struck out three in 1.1 innings.
NO. 4 HORNELL (8-9) 3
NO. 1 BATAVIA (14-7) 4
Batavia advances to the Class B1 finals, to face no. 2 Waterloo on Saturday at 11am. The game will be played at Webster Schroeder High School.
NO. 6 PALMYRA-MACEDON (6-13) 1
NO. 2 WATERLOO (15-7) 16
Waterloo advances to the Class B1 finals, to face no. 1 Batavia on Saturday at 11am. The game will be played at Webster Schroeder High School.
NO. 4 MYNDERSE (10-7) 2
NO. 1 WELLSVILLE (18-3) 12
Wellsville advances to the Class B2 finals, to face no. 2 Haverling on Saturday at 2pm. The game will be played at Webster Schroeder High School.
NO. 3 PENN YAN (12-7) 0
NO. 2 HAVERLING (15-3) 5
Haverling advances to the Class B2 finals, to face no. 1 Wellsville on Saturday at 2pm. The game will be played at Webster Schroeder High School.