CORNING – A six-run third inning gave Stanton softball the lead and the Viqueens held on for the 8-6 win over Southwest Valley in the first round of the Class 1A Region 3 Tournament.
Stanton advanced to a regional quarterfinal against Murray in Lenox, Wednesday, July 10. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Stanton scored first, but the Viqueens trailed 5-1 entering the third inning. Elise Dailey opened the frame getting hit by a pitch. Ali Silvius singled, and then Marleigh Johnson drove in Dailey with a single. A pair of passed balls scored Silvius and Johnson to bring Stanton within 5-4. Kaitlyn Bruce walked, and then Devin Isaacson reached on a fielder’s choice, which saw Bruce advance to second. Sami York drove in a run with a single, and then with two outs Kami Tibben drove in two on a Timberwolf error.
Southwest Valley answered with a run in the bottom of the third to cut the Viqueen lead to 7-6, but Dailey kept the Timberwolves off the scoreboard after that. She gave up 11 hits and six runs, three earned, but she didn’t walk anyone and struck out two in the complete game win.
York doubled to lead off the seventh. Courtesy runner Brianne Johnson was sacrificed to third and scored on a passed ball for Stanton’s final run.
Silvius and York led the Viqueens with two hits each. Silvius and Johnson both scored twice.
The Viqueens improved to 12-10 with the win. Southwest Valley’s season ended at 1-18.