Fredonia softball ready for unknown challenger today

OBSERVER File Photo Pictured is Fredonia’s Rebecca Piede, who will get the start today for Fredonia in the 10-12 year old Little League New York state tournament held in Fishkill.

Six hours is a long drive when you don’t even know who you are playing, but that’s the situation the Fredonia 10-12 year old softball team is in today.

After back-to-back wins over Grand Island propelled the Fredonia girls to the state tournament it was off to Fishkill, NY for the players, coaches and parents for the state tournament.

This is the fourth-straight trip to the state tournament — held at rotating sites — for six of the players and the third trip for many others. And as players begin to arrive early this afternoon, they don’t even know who they play yet.

Today, at noon, the managers will meet for a meeting where a blind draw will be held to split the eight teams into Pool A and Pool B. From there, the teams will play the three other teams in their pool on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The two teams with the best records from each pool will advance to the knockout rounds. The team with the best record from Pool A will play the team with the second-best record from Pool B and vice versa.

The winners of those games will face each other for the championship on Sunday for a chance to advance to Regionals, which is one step away from the Little League World Series.

Following the blind draw, Fredonia will learn who it faces and if it plays at 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. today.

“We are going to throw Rebecca Piede in the first game and she will be our pitcher for the duration of the tournament,” head coach Ed Schrantz said. “If we play two games in a day, we will pitch Hallie Laurito.

“Piede has been really in control and allows very few walks. What’s nice is she pitches to contact. She’s not overpowering, but our defense has played outstanding behind her. She keeps the defense involved.”