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Bennett swipes her way to record books

— A record that was broken just last year by former MVAC softball player Kylee Cassavaugh of Elizabethtown-Lewis was broken once again this season by an MVAC softball player.

Cassavaugh had the New York State steals record with 146, but Dakota Bennett, a senior shortstop and leadoff hitter for the Minerva-Newcomb Mountaineers, captured the record on April 25 against the North Warren Cougars when she recorded four steals, finishing with a career total to 171.

Bennett’s batting average this season was .400 with an on base percentage of .750.

In her freshman year Dakota recorded 38 steals, 42 her sophomore year and 45 as a junior. The Mountaineers won their last regular season game 19-1 over the Johnsburg Jaguars, and Bennett recorded three steals. Minerva-Newcomb finished the season with a 13-2 record with their only losses coming to Section VII champs Crown Point Panthers and finalist Schroon Lake Wildcats.

“I just can’t believe it,” Bennett said. “I’m still thinking that I have to steal a certain number of bases a game. But now that I have the record I’m really happy and proud of myself.”

Bennett will bring her lightening quick speed to SUNY Cortland next fall and look to continue to break records throughout her career.

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