Schenevus wins first TVL softball title since 2012

CHERYL CLOUGH Richfield Springs first baseman Kennadi Butler stretches to catch a throw as Schenevus runner Alexis Hults beats it during the Tri-Valley League softball championship Wednesday at SUNY Oneonta. 

The Daily Star May 17, 2018 

Schenevus starting pitcher Erika Spranger saved her best game of the season for the most important as she pitched seven innings and struck out six to earn the win over No. 4 Richfield Springs in Wednesday’s Tri-Valley League championship game.

“It was the best game of the year that she’s thrown,” Schenevus head coach Ron Spranger said. “The whole team played one of their best games of the entire season.”

The win gives Schenevus its first league championship since 2012.

“The girls are super excited,” coach Spranger said. “They deserve all the credit in the world for all the work they’ve done.”

Erika Spranger started the game in dominating fashion, retiring the first eight batters she faced before the ninth reached on an error.

On offense, the Dragons wasted no time getting going. Scheneves scored a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the second to go ahead, 3-0.

Richfield Springs made it 3-2 in the fourth, but Schenevus’ Alexis Hults got the lead back to three with a two-run double off of Richfield Springs starting pitcher Kirsten Hess.

Four more runs by the Dragons in the fifth made it 9-2. The Indians got a run in the sixth and another in the seventh but it wasn’t enough to pull off the comeback.

Evonna Mower and Kennedi Butler each went 2-for-4 for Richfield Springs in the loss. Mower had two RBIs and Butler had one.

Hults finished with three RBIs and teammate Hannah Osborne went 2-for-2 with four runs scored.

The two teams face off again on Friday in the first round of the Section IV Class D Tournament. The No. 11 Indians travel to sixth-seeded Schenevus at 4:30 p.m.