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High school softball: Eighth-grader hammers Sandy Creek to C-2 crown


CICERO — Carley Stoker didn’t seem to think her performance on Thursday was that big a deal.

The Sandy Creek eighth-grader hit a pair of home runs, driving in five runs overall, to lead the top-seeded Comets to a 10-4 victory over No. 6 West Canada Valley in the Section 3 Class C-2 softball championship game at Gillette Road Park.

Sandy Creek (16-3) won its 13th sectional title in the last 19 years and will play the C-1 champion, Little Falls (17-3), in the overall Class C title game at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the same location.

When asked about her major production after Thursday’s game, Stoker simply shrugged her shoulders and said: “I don’t know. I thought they were good hits.”

Stoker’s first shot, a two-run blast, went over the left-field fence to give the Comets a 3-1 lead in the second inning.

The team’s youngest player, Stoker then launched a three-run homer over the centerfield fence to put the Comets up 7-1 in the third inning. She also went deep in Sandy Creek’s 8-0 semifinal victory over Fabius Pompey on Saturday.

“That’s the great thing about an eighth-grader: ‘What’s all the fuss about?’” Sandy Creek coach Bill Fowler said. “She just steps in the batter’s box. … She doesn’t try to hit home runs. She’s just got this nice level swing and hits the middle of the softball. She’s got a little natural ‘up’ to it and it just carries.”

Sandy Creek junior Maggie King went 3-for-3 with three doubles and a run batted in.

King was starting just her fourth game of the season after breaking her arm during the first week of practice.

“I might have been almost as disappointed as Maggie was when she broke her arm in week one,” Fowler said. “She’s worked really hard and so we were both broken-hearted when that happened. But she worked herself back into shape and got clearance to run (early), so she hasn’t missed one practice.”

Sandy Creek senior Michaela Martin threw a complete game with eight strikeouts and eight hits allowed for the win.

Senior centerfielder Gabriella Guarasce went 3-for-4 with a double, and senior Kylee Martin doubled and singled for the Comets, who finished with 14 hits.

“We threw strikes and they hit us,” said West Canada Valley coach Ron Lindsay, whose team finished with an 8-11 record.

“They got a couple doubles in key spots and took some wind out of us, but we battled back. They’re a very good team and you have to make plays against them to stay in the game.”

Guarasce — who just missed catching a fly ball in the top of the first to give the Indians their first run — singled to lead off the bottom half of the inning. She stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch then stole home to even the game at one run apiece.

“I had to make up for my mistake and that’s how I made up for it,” Guarasce said. “All day we’ve been so antsy for playing this game. It was amazing and I can’t wait to play the next one.”

Peyton Miller and Michaela Martin each drove in a run for the Comets.

Carissa Tasovac hit a solo home run in the sixth inning for the Indians, who garnered seven of their eight hits over the final three innings.

Danielle VanName and Taylor Zaino provided two hits apiece for West Canada Valley.

Sandy Creek’s next opponent, Little Falls, advanced with a 13-0 victory over Sauquoit Valley in the C-1 title game Thursday night.

The Comets have won the last two overall Class C titles. They played in the state championship game last year where they suffered a 2-1 loss, and they lost in the state quarterfinals two seasons ago.


Brooke Spaulding went 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI, and pitched a complete-game five-hitter as the No. 5 Golden Knights routed the top-seeded and previously unbeaten Indians in a Section 3 Class D semifinal game at Rome Free Academy in Rome.

Maci Spaulding went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, while Kylie Guyette and Marinda Allen each drove in a pair of runs for Copenhagen (15-4), which faces second-seeded Hamilton in the Class D championship at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gillette Road Park in Cicero.

The Emerald Knights topped No. 3 Oriskany, 3-1, in the other Class D semifinal.

Nicole Jacobs collected a pair of hits for Stockbridge Valley (18-1).

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