CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — It might have looked like an easy nine-run win for the Cambridge softball team, but they needed all the production they could get to earn a 12-3 lead over their Wasaren League rival Hoosick Falls.
At the start of the game, the Panthers, who came in at (2-7), did not look like a team with a losing record and held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the third inning over Cambridge.
The Indians, though, got their high-powered offense back on track in the third, starting by getting a run on an error by the Panthers to tie the game at 2-2.
Junior Olivia Brownell then slapped a single right up the middle with the bases loaded for an RBI and just like that Cambridge had the lead, which they added too with freshman Gabbie Woods drawing a walk in the next at bat to make it a two-run lead for the Indians.
"Our hitters did a good job adjusting to the pitcher and were able find ways to get on base," said Cambridge coach Gerald Clifton. "We have been doing a good job all year with hitting well the second time around the lineup and that was a huge key for us in today's win."
Cambridge's biggest blow to the Panthers in the inning came with the next batter, Rhiannon Darling.
The freshman smacked a double to left-center for a two-run double to extend the Cambridge lead to four.
Darling then showed off her speed on the base paths, scoring all the way from second on Jamie Vandewater's sacrifice bunt that first scored Woods and that tallied up seven runs for the Indians in the inning.
"I was ready to hit today and felt confident at the plate all day," Darling said. "After having a shaky start I put myself back together in the dugout, and I was able to rebound with a couple of nice hits at the plate."
Darling finished with two hits on the day and scored two runs for the Indians.
With a 8-2 lead in hand, Cambridge starting pitcher Miranda Seacord was able to settle down the rest of the way.
The sophomore ace went on to give up only one run the rest way with six strikeouts and worked her way out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning that the Panthers could only muster one run from.
Seacord finished off the Cambridge win with a strikeout, giving her nine on the day in her complete game performance. She also had a RBI in the game as well.
Junior Kayla Giglio had a two-run single for the Indians, while senior Hannah Vandewater scratched out a RBI bunt single and scored a run on a wild pitch for Cambridge.
For Hoosick Falls, Lizza Ryan had a big day at the plate, going 4-4 and scored all three of the Panthers runs.
Junior Sydney Miller went 3-3 at the plater with an RBI double.
Senior Alyssa Ellis collected seven strikeouts on the mound in her complete game performance for Hoosick Falls.
"We had very bad inning in the third and they took advantage of it," said Hoosick Falls coach Charlie Weeden on the loss. "We don't have that bad inning, we're in the game still. I thought the top of our lineup hit the ball well all day and we just have to bring everything together and will be able to win more games."
With the loss, Hoosick Falls drops to 2-8 on the season and 1-5 in league play.
Cambridge on the other hand improves to 9-2 on the season and with win clinch a spot in the Section II, Class C tournament.
"Our goal from day one was to make it to sectionals and we're very happy that we achieved that," Clifton said. "Now though like I told the team, we need to set new goals and that is we still have the chance to win the league and high our seed for the playoffs, so we still have more to push for this season."
Both teams will be back in action today, with Cambridge hosting Greenwich and Hoosick Falls hosting Stillwater.