Softball Ends Season At Region III Finals; DiNicola Named Region III POY

Michelle DiNicola was named the Region III DIII Softball Player of the Year as voted on by the coaches. She hit over .500 with 17 HR's and 80 RBI's on the season, breaking both school records in the process.
Michelle DiNicola was named the Region III DIII Softball Player of the Year as voted on by the coaches. She hit over .500 with 17 HR's and 80 RBI's on the season, breaking both school records in the process.

The Corning softball teams season came to a close in the Region III finals as they dropped both contests to Monroe CC, 7-4 and 4-0 @ Genesee Community College.

In Game 1, Monroe CC started the scoring with 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. However, the inning could have been much bigger if not for a double play turned by Yvonne Hartridge, who caught a ball in deep left field in foul territory and threw a runner out at 3rd base, courtesy of a nice tag by Ciera Sprague. Good defense leads to good offense, as the Red Barons used the momentum from their defensive efforts and put up a 4 spot in the top of the 4th to take the lead, 4-2. The first 3 batters reached base loading the bases with no outs, Michele DiNicola scored on a ground out to short, another out occurred, then Corning scored 2 runs on a single by Alana Eaton and 1 more run with a Danielle Dille single before ending the inning. 

That was all the scoring the Red Barons would get for the game as Monroe tied the game with a 2-run HR in the Bottom of the 5th and then tacked on 3 more in the bottom of the 6th to win the game, 7-4.

In Game 2, the contest was tied heading into the top of the 4th as neither team could get anything going offensively. The Corning bats were held to 4 hits on the day, none of which were in the same inning. Monroe scored 2 runs in the top of the 4th and 2 runs in the top of the 5th, eventually winning the game, 4-0. Rhilea Chabot pitched a complete game, giving up 9 hits and 4 earned runs in the game.

Danielle Dille, Sam Hauck, and Michele DiNicola were all honored at the Regional Finals with All-Region III designations for their outstanding season on the diamond. Dille played great defense at 2nd base and hit even better, ending the season with a .479 batting average and 37 RBI's to go with it. Sophomore outfielder Sam Hauck ended her Red Baron career with a .481 batting average, 5 HR's and 48 RBI's on the year.

Michele DiNicola again took home the top honor, as she was already named the Player of the Year in the Mid-State Athletic Conference before she took home the same honor in Region III. She hit .526 with 17 HR's and 80 RBI's on the season; breaking both records in the process.