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Southern Tier Sports Report
ELMIRA HEIGHTS — Twice on Tuesday afternoon the Edison softball team found themselves trailing in their Section IV, Class B quarterfinal game against Chenango Forks.

Edison was down 2-0 after the top of the second inning and they trailed 3-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth, but in the end the Spartans came back both times, edging the Blue Devils 5-4 to advance in sectionals.

After a scoreless first inning the Spartans found themselves down 2-0 after a two-run second inning by Forks.

For Edison the energy early in the game wasn’t where they wanted it to be.

“I think ehe energy at the end of the game really helped us a lot,” Gabby Milazzo said. “I think at the beginning we started out well, then it kind of went down a little bit. But, then we brought it back up.”

In the bottom of the second inning the Spartans answered right back as Mariana Jones-Frosolone led off with a walk and Maddison Pack sacrificed her to second and reached on an error. Jones-Frosolone scored after a dropped third strike. Pack then scored on a passed ball.

An RBI triple in the fourth inning by Anna Ginalski helped Forks take a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. A walk to the next hitter had runners on the corners, but Milazzo struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.

In the bottom of the fifth inning the Spartans rallied with two outs as Emma Maggs hit a double and Kailey Ripley quickly singled to tie the game.

In the sixth inning Maycie Bennett doubled and Jones-Frosolone doubled to put runners on second and third. Bennett scored on a ground out off the bat of Pack and Jones-Frosolone scored on a wild pitch.

“It was a big change (in the energy),” Jones-Frosolone said. “I was thankful I got the hit and then Maddison had a big play after me and we just started scoring.”

For the Edison players they knew they had to pick things up knowing their season could end with a loss.

“Because it could end the season I think we were all a little nervous,” Jones-Frosolone said. “I am really thankful for that (the win) and I hope we win Thursday.”

For Edison being in a tight game is tough, but it is something that can make them better as the postseason goes on.

I think it helps me a lot to be in these tough situations and these kind of high pressure games,” Milazzo said. “I think it helps in the future.

“It shows us we have to put more in in practices and put more energy and just play throughout the whole game.”

Seven different players had hits for Edison in the game and they know they are hard to beat when everyone contributes.

“It’s really big,” Milazzo said. “I think if we keep doing that we’ll go really far.”

Jones-Frosolone had two hits and scored two runs and Brianna Korsky, Emily Aiello, Emma Maggs, Kailey Ripley, Milazzo and Bennett all had hits in the game.

Maggs, Bennett and Pack all scored runs and Ripley, Pack and Carissa Cowan had RBI.

Milazzo struck out eight in the complete game on the mound, allowing eight hits and four runs, two earned.

Jessica Stone was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Forks and Ginalski was 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.


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