Albion survives scare to win softball sectional opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 May 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion shortstop Meghan Hurley awaits the throw to second base as Nautica Matos of CSAT goes into the bag on a delayed steal.

Surviving a late inning scare, No. 6 Albion pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge past visiting No. 11 CSAT this afternoon in the opening round of the Section VI Class B1 softball playoffs.

Albion, which led by as much as 7-1 after a big five run third inning, scored the game winner in the last of the seventh on an error, a bunt by Liz Baker and an RBI single by Ashley Bocach.

Earlier, Isabella Prest had a two-run double and Ellen Narburgh a two-run single in the third inning to help the Purple Eagles build up the 7-1 advantage.

Albion’s Isabella Prest dives back to first base before a rage by CSAT’s Skylar Saxbury.

However CSAT, which lost twice to Albion during the Niagara-Orleans League season, rallied to knot the contest at 11-11 after five run scoring bursts in both the fourth and sixth innings.

Meghan Hurley had 3 hits, including an RBI double in the first inning, for Albion as Natalie DiCureia and Kelsee Soule both added 2.

Albion next visits No. 3 Alden in the quarterfinals on Friday.