Penfield claims NYS little league title
Penfield claimed the Little League Softball New York State 8-10 Year Old championship with a 9-3 victory Sunday over South Orangetown.
Lexi Cimino was 3-for-3 with three RBI and the pitching combination of Cadence Brecker and Zara Vattimo combined for nine strikeouts in the victory, which took place on the Joe Karnes Field at Dunkirk Little League’s Ed Wisniewski Field of Dreams.
The champs of District 4 and Section 1 West completed the five days of competition with a 4-0 record, while South Orangetown, which had to win twice Saturday to advance to the finals, were 3-2.
Penfield’s six-run second inning included a two-run double by Cimino, a two-run single by Ella Maley, and RBI singles by Vattimo and Amelia Michael. It came after South Orangetown’s starting pitcher Haley Arvidson left the circle due to injury. Arvidson, injured in her team’s first game of the tournament on Thursday, was limited to only three innings pitched in her team’s five games.
South Orangetown cut its deficit to 6-1 in the top of the fourth on a double by Alyssa Chiappa and a single by Savannah Nordstrom. Penfield countered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. It included a single by Maley, her second hit of the game, an RBI single by Cimino, and a two-run double by Zoe Vonderlinn.
South Orangetown — champs of Section 3 North and District 18 managed by Joe Chiappa and assisted by Bob D’Orio — scored its final two runs in the top of the sixth. The inning included Alyssa Chiappa’s second hit and an RBI single by Emma McHugh, also her second hit of the game.
Penfield’s other starters Sunday were Allison Gardner, Mackenzie Whitehead and Haileigh Burger. Reserves were Jayna Turk, Stella Richard, Haylee Noble and Vivian Russo. Penfield was managed by Dan Watson, who was assisted by Tom Burger, Dan Whitehead and Kelly Maley.