Brace, Panthers too much for Willsboro

WILLSBORO - Crown Point jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 16-1 victory in the MVAC softball championship May 22.

Lindsay Brace struck out nine through five innings and Chelsea Dushane added four strikeouts in relief in the three-hit, no-walk effort.

"Both pitchers pitched well and the catcher did a good job," said Crown Point head coach Mike Ross.

Ross chose to start Brace after Dushane led a no-hitter against Willsboro in the regular season.

"Because we faced them once this year, I wanted to give them a different look," he said.

Ashley Morgan and Heather Bemis both went 3-for-4 with five RBI as the Panthers dominated the plate. Eight of 10 Crown Point batters had hits, including Brace, who went 3-for-4 with a double and two singles. Jessica Potter added two RBI with a double and a single. Bemis hit a long triple to center in the sixth.

Eleven Crown Point batters reached base on errors or walks.

Losing pitcher Codia Holland had two hits and scored the only run for Willsboro on an infield sacrifice from Stevie Burrows. The Warriors left a total of five runners stranded.

"Willsboro did a good job," said Ross. "They're good sports."

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