HOPEWELL — It’s not uncommon for Mother Nature to be indecisive in New York. Most of Thursday’s forecast saw sunny skies during the day.
However, it was around the 5 o’clock hour when she decided to take a turn for the worst.
The skies opened up for 30 minutes, soaking up the turf field at Finger Lakes Community College. After over an hour delay of indecisiveness by officials, there were talks about moving the game to Friday.
Luckily the field dried up enough and the Section V Class B2 semifinals between No. 2 Waterloo and No. 3 Wayland-Cohocton took place, with the Indians downing the Eagles by a score of 6-1.
“I don’t think the delay hindered us,” Waterloo coach Kierstyn DeCory said. “I’m glad we stuck it out because this team was ready to play today. We prepared immensely because we knew what we were going to see here today.
“I didn’t want to go home and come back and have to regroup them and get them game ready again. I was glad we waited.”
Sophomore Olivia Godley scored the first run of the game as she scored off a past ball. Godley finished 3 for 4 at the plate, including a double in the fourth inning that allowed Annie Smithers to score. Shortly after the rain began to pour down causing the hour-and-a-half delay.
As the game resumed so didn’t the bats of the Indians (16-3). Junior captain Jordan Colegrove scattered 2 RBIs in the first and fourth innings to keep the offense at a steady pace.
“Jordan Colegrove is my number one batting stat leader right now,” DeCory added. “She’s put the ball in play and her bat is hot. She’s leading us right now and she’s keeping us up and keeping us going.”
Catchers don’t normally make a big difference in a game. However, the play of Emma Smithers said otherwise. She caught four pop flies in key situations to help blank Way-Co for six innings. In addition, she cracked a beautiful RBI triple in the fifth which allowed Annie Smithers to score.
Annie and Emma are not related.
“Emma (Smithers) played really well in key situations,” DeCory said.
Morgan Kapp earned the win inside the circle as she pitched a complete game, striking out seven batters and surrendering seven hits. Kapp also went 2 for 2 at the plate.
“Wayland-Cohocton is a great team,” DeCory said. “We don’t always see this competition. Morgan held her own and she pitched a great game. I can always count on her to pitch a great game. She’s a junior now and she has been with us since eighth grade and she’s our team leader and our backbone.”
The win puts the Indians in the championship game and coach Decory knows her team is going to have to play smart fundamental softball coming up.
“We’re going to have to revert back to our basic softball skills now that we’ve gotten by Way-Co,” she said. “We lost to Way-Co two years ago in the finals, so we were basically here for revenge. We prepared for small balls and slap balls. We knew it was coming and we were here to get that ‘W’ for sure.”