Friday, May 29, 2015



  FLORIDA--Lady Spartan's  short stop Katie Moos blasted a three-run home run deep over the center field fence in the bottom of the first inning to propel S.S. Seward  to a 7-1 quarter final Section IX Class C sectional win over the Lady Bears of Tri-Valley Tuesday at Florida.
  The visiting Bears got on the scoreboard in the top of the first scoring one run as Ashton Krummack walked to start the inning and on a bunt out advanced to third base and scored on a single to left by Kacie Allison.
  The 1-0 Bear lead didn't last long as Seward's Sarah Wierzbicki singled to left , Sinead Brosnan was safe on a bunt and Moss blasted a Kacie Allison pitch over the center field fence for a 3-1 lead.
  No runs crossed the plate in the second and third innings but Florida add one run in the bottom of the fourth on one error, a bunt single, another bunt single and a single to center field by Wierzbicki.
  Two more Seward runs scored in the bottom of the fifth on two  Tri-Valley errors, a single to center by Morgan Schultz and with bases loaded Wiersbicki was hit by a pitched ball forcing in another run which pushed the Spartan's lead to 6-1.
  Seward added their 7th run in the bottom of the sixth off a single to center by Paige Lee, another single to center by Taylor Weirzbicki and a single to right by Morgan Beattie.
  The Seward win boosts their overall record to 15-5 and they were scheduled to play No. 2 seed Pine Plains yesterday. Tri-Valley ends the season with an overall record of 12-9.
  Tri-Valley coach Claire Moore during the post game interview noted "unfortunately we had errors and we were not aggressive with the bats."
  When asked about the overall season Moore said, "my team continues to amaze me and they have proved to me that they are here to work harder and get better and they look to each other for support."
  "I'm proud and honored to see this team grow with experience from the beginning of the season to this final game," Moore added.
  Seward coach Don Lewis felt his team "played some outstanding defense with outfielders cutting off base runners advancing and throwing out runners advancing to third."
  "We played pretty much a perfect game in the infield and I give Tri-Valley credit for hanging in there," Lewis said.
  Seward's Brittany Milz threw a three-hitter and struck out nine.
  Moss's home run drove in three runs, Sarah Wierzbicki and Morgan Beattie each had two hits and an RBI and Paige Yee went 3 for 4.
  Allison Casey took the loss for Tri-Valley but was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Bears.



Tri-Valley second baseman Katie Jester his a pop fly to Florida's second baseman in the top of the seventh as the Lady Bears lost to S.S. Sewart 7-1 Tuesday at Florida.                             


Seward's short stop Katie Moos fields a ground ball in the top of the third after hitting a home run that drove in three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Seward outscored the Bears 7-1 to advance in sectional play.








Saturday, May 23, 2015



  GRAHAMSVILLE--Liberty Central varsity pitcher Phil Cohen said he had good control of his pitches and his no-hitter pitched against Tri-Valley in Grahamsville Wednesday afternoon verified he knew what he was talking about as the Indian's shutout the Bears 3-0.
  With both teams having already earned a  trip to the sectionals this non-league game ended regular season play for both teams.
  Liberty and Tri-Valley now wait for the Section IX committee to set their sectional schedule which was scheduled for release last night.
  Cohen, Liberty's No. 2 pitcher, in a post game interview noted, "I had command of all my pitches and the key to my success is locating my off speed pitch."
  "All my pitches felt pretty good today," Cohen added.
  Liberty coach David Philips gave high grades for Cohen indicating "he was in complete control." He pointed out that this is Liberty first no-hitter in a long time and was not sure when Liberty last recorded this feat.
  Philips said that with this win Liberty's overall record is 12-7 and the Indians league record is 6-3 which tied them with O'Neill and  Burke for the B division league championship.
  "Overall I felt we were in control today with the pitching being the main factor and this team has worked hard all year with our goal being able to get into the sectionals ," Philips added.
  Scoring for Liberty took place in the top of the third with singles by Robby Lyons, Andrew Philips reaching first base on a slow roller to Robert Warden, Lyons reaching second base on a pass ball and later reaching third on a ground ball, Morris Schrader hitting a single scoring Lyons and Killian Bloat hitting a single and Philips scoring on the throw.
  The Indians scored their third run in the top of the fourth with a single by Brendan Siegel who then was safe on a steal attempt at second, took third on a pass ball and scored on a fly ball out to center field.
  Cohen with his no-hitter recorded 9 strikeouts and issued one walk.
  For Liberty Schrader went 1 for 3 with an RBI, Bloat 1 for 3 and Patrick Fitzpatrick 1 for 2.
  Losing pitcher Jared Nash gave up 6 hits and issued no walks.
  Tri-Valley coach John Rusin noted his team "played outstanding defense and didn't have an error in this game and our pitcher pitched well enough to win and he threw strikes and he kept us in the ball game."
  Rusin indicated that a close game like this prior to the sectionals is helpful to his squad.
  "You have to to tip your cap,  their pitcher did an outstanding job, he mixed his spots and changed speeds and kept us off balance,"  Rusin added.
  Tri-Valley ends the regular season with an overall record of 9-9 and 5-7 in league competition. The Bears clinched a spot in sectional play with  their win Tuesday against Sullivan West.


Liberty senior right hander Phil Cohen goes into his windup during his 3-0 no hitter win pitched against Tri-Valley Wednesday afternoon at Grahamsville.                                    

Tri-Valley's Jared Nash (4) strikes out in the bottom of the first inning in the Bears 3-0 loss to Liberty Wednesday afternoon at Grahamsville.



Friday, May 22, 2015


   GRAHAMSVILLE--It took two years to get the monkey off their backs but the Eldred Yellowjackets put it all together last Thursday afternoon defeating Tri-Valley 6-3 ending regular season play for both teams.
  Eldred coach Ryan Jasper noted that his teams record  against Tri-Valley entering Thursday's game was 0-5 for the last two years.
  "We have our days when we look bad and then we have days when it looks like we could play with anybody and this is a big win to finish the regular season and go into the sectionals with," Jasper said.
  Eldred is the No. 1 seed in the Class D girls softball division and plays the winner of the Livingston  Manor-Chapel Field game on Saturday, May 30 in a 3 p.m. game at Rhinebeck.
No. 3 Livingston Manor plays at No 2 Chapel Field Thursday May 28.
  No. 6 seed Tri-Valley plays in the Section IX Class C quarterfinals against S.S.Seward at Florida this afternoon at 4 p.m.
  Prior to the start of this game three Tri-Valley Seniors, Danielle Shafarsky, Ashley Johnson and Brianna Terbush, were honored before playing their last home game.
  Tri-Valley coach Claire Moore in post-game remarks describing the loss to Eldred said, "we lost because of errors and stops our seven game winning streak."
  "This is not the game we play, it is not my Tri-Valley Bears and this is not my team I've been looking at all season long and whatever it takes we're going to come out and play our game the next time out," Moore added.
  In talking with Coach Moore about Tri-Valley's improvement from the first quarter of the season to now she pointed out "we went from having seven and eight errors a game to having no errors."
  When asked about the  heavy schedule during the last two weeks of the season and what effect it has on the girls, coach Moore stressed the fact that "from the beginning I've asked the team every single day to work hard and to keep focused."
  Eldred opened their scoring in the top of the first inning when Sami Clemmons flied out to right field and the ball dropped out of the right fields glove for an error allowing Clemmons to advance to second base and scoring on a ground ball throwing error.
  Eldred added three runs in their half of the second inning on two Tri-Valley erors. a slow rolling grounder allowing  Jenna Burns to reach first base ahead of the ball and a single by Clemmons.
  The Yellowjackets took a 4-3 lead into the seventh inning and sealed their victory with two runs off two more Tri-Valley errors when Audrey Mellan  reached first base on an infield error and Clemmons drive to right was misplayed  by the right field scoring both Mellan and Clemmons.
  Tri-Valley got on the scoreboard scoring two runs in the bottom of the second on singles by Kacie Allison and Danielle Shafarsky, a sacrifice bunt by Katie Jester advancing both runners to third and second and an error on Eldred's first baseman dropping a throw allowing the runs to score.
  The Bears third run came in the bottom of the third on a walk to Angie DiToro  who stole second and scored on a single to center by Allison.
  Eldred's winning pitcher Jordan Lepes recorded 6 strikeouts while Tri-Valley's losing  pitcher Kacie Allison had 5 strikeouts.
   Clemmons had two singles and two RBI's for the Yellowjackets.


Eldred's shortstop Molly Clarkin tags out Tri-Valley's Mikayla Clearwater in an attempted steal during the bottom of the first inning. Eldred won 6-3 last Thursday at Grahamsville.                                 
Tri-Valley coach Claire Moore honored three senior team members prior to their last home game Thursday against Eldred. In the photo are, from the left, Assistant coach Gary Clearwater, seniors Danielle Shafarsky, Ashley Johnson, Brianna Terbush and coach Moore. 









Sunday, May 17, 2015


RailRiders Blank Bulls
SWB Earns First Sweep of Bulls at DBAP Since 2012

Durham, N.C.Rob Refsnyder launched a pair of home runs and Miguel Sulbaran authored a successful debut as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shutout the Durham Bulls 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The RailRiders (20-18) finished off a four-game sweep of the Bulls (20-18) and earned their second shutout victory of 2015.

Sulbaran (1-0) weaved together five scoreless innings while yielding five hits. He walked two and struck out three. Everett Teaford (2-3) shouldered the loss for Durham after allowing five runs on eight hits over five innings. He surrendered three home runs.

Refsnyder tallied the RailRiders’ first run on a towering blast over the high, blue wall in left-center. Nick Noonan singled home Rob Segedin following a double in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores reached on a one-out hit in the fifth and came around on Refsnyder’s second round-tripper, this one clanging off the left field foul pole. Kyle Roller made it back-to-back jacks when the first baseman lined his team-leading seventh home run over the fence in the right-field corner to cap the scoring.

The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 18 to start a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). SWB is slated to start southpaw Matt Tracy (0-0, 3.50) against right-hander Junior Guerra (0-1, 2.45). It will be a Dollar Dog Night with all hot dogs priced at $1. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) 

Rob Refsnyder entered the day without a home run and finished with two.. It was his first homer since August 11, 2014, and his first multi-home run effort since he tagged two with Single-A Charleston on August 23, 2012. Refsnyder extended his on-base streak, dating to April 25, to 19 games.

Ramon Flores singled and has reached safely in 25 of 26 games.

Kyle Roller cracked his team-leading seventh home run, tying Syracuse’s Ian Stewart for the most long balls in the IL.

Danny Burawa, Diego Moreno and Nick Rumbelow combined to hold the Bulls scoreless over the final four innings. Burawa struck out two in the sixth and Moreno tossed two scoreless frames.


Walks to Forget in 5-0 Loss
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Mets were shut out for the first time this season, 5-0, against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. Chase Huchingson came on in relief in the eighth inning and walked four Fisher Cats, leading to their only five runs of the game. Seth Lugo tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits while striking out six in a no-decision.
Matt Boyd shut out the B-Mets over his seven innings, for his second win against Binghamton this year. The B-Mets loaded the bases in the second, before Gilbert Gomez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Binghamton’s only other threat came in the sixth inning, when they get a baserunner to third base with one out. Boyd proceeded to get Dustin Lawley to pop out and  David Cooper to fly out, ending the threat.
Lugo retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced. The only frame the Fisher Cats had multiple baserunners against Lugo was the fourth inning, when the righty stranded two. Lugo then set down nine of the next 10 batters faced, working around a leadoff double in the fifth.
Huchingson came in in the eighth and issued back-to-back one out walks. Kevin Nolan followed with a single to left field, driving in a run and breaking the scoreless tie. After getting out number two, Matt Newman singled to right field to drive in the Fisher Cats second run. Huchingson then walked the next two batters, the latter bringing in a run. Julian Hilario relieved Huchingson, making his B-Mets debut, and was greeted by a Christian Lopes single to right field, breaking the game open.  
Binghamton had five hits in the first three innings, but never crossed home plate. Boyd worked out of two jams and catcher Jack Murphy threw out two B-Met baserunners attempting to steal second base. Boyd got 14 outs from the final 15 batters he faced.
Danny Barnes came on in relief and set down all six B-Mets faced.
Boyd (3-1) earned the win, despite allowing a season-high seven hits. Chase Huchingson (1-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing all five runs of the game in his 2/3 inning. Lugo earned a no-decision, despite not allowing a run.
The B-Mets (21-16) are off Monday before heading to Harrisburg for the first time this season. Binghamton kicks off a three game series with the Senators Tuesday night at 6:30. Binghamton RHP Rainy Lara (3-1, 2.51) gets the ball against RHP Paolo Espino (0-3, 4.22). The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting at 6:20 PM Tuesday on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Mets channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton is now 5-3-3 in series this season…Binghamton was shutout for the first time since September 4, 2014 against the Portland Sea Dogs (44 games ago)…Jairo Perez has multiple hits in each of his last three games.


  GRAHAMSVILLE--The league-leading Chester Hambletonians boys varsity baseball team pounded out 12 hits against two Tri-Valley pitchers last Thursday to defeat the  Bears 13-3. 
  Chester has already captured the league championship and entered this game sporting an overall  12-4 record along with a  10-1 OCIAA Division V record.
  With this loss Tri-Valley has a 6-8 overall record and 3-7 in OCIAA Division V league play. The  task ahead of the Bears is that they must win three out of four of their games this week hosting Eldred yesterday, Sullivan West today and Liberty Wednesday to get into the sectional playoffs.
  The Bears last year faced a similar situation and won key games to make into the playoff schedule.
  Bears coach John Rusin feels confident that his team can win three out of four games and during post game remarks said " these guys are more than capable of doing that and it's just a matter of getting out and getting it done."
  Rusin added that the team "has to put complete games together including playing good defense, hitting well and we gotta throw strikes."
  When asked about errors and miscues in Thursday's game Rusin added, "any mistake we made in today's game was not the difference in the we just got outhit."
  "Chester did a great job hitting today as they used all fields and they are really a good team," Rusin concluded.
  The Hambletonians wasted no time getting on the scoreboard pushing  across one run in the first inning, five in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth,  two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
  Chester's  five-run third inning came off a single to center, a errant pick off pitch, a single to left, a passed ball, , an intentional walk, a double to right, a stolen base, and a fly ball out that brought in the runner from third.
  Tri-Valley's three runs included one  in the third and two in the sixth.
  Heavy hitters for Chester included Aidan Witteking who was 3 for 4 with a double and five RBI's, Zack Munderville with 3 hits and Rob Alonso with 3 hits.
  Wittekind started this day on the junior varsity and was recommended to come up to the varsity that morning to be Chester's designated hitter....turned out to be quite a day for this freshman.
  Winning pitcher was Wilson Jimenez who tossed a 6-hitter with five strikeouts.
  Losing pitcher was Jared Nash. Justin Swarthout went 3 for 3 for the Bears and Thomas Decker recorded an RBI.
  Chester coach Mike Doucette in noting that his team clinched first place on May 11 said " it looks like we have locked up the two seed for the sectionals." Webatuck is the number one seed.
  In comments about his teams hitting skills Doucette noted " we've come around ever since our third game with Tuxedo and where we adjusted the lineup with the result of scoring double digit runs every game."



Tri-Valley pitcher Jared Nash goes into his windup in the 13-3 loss to Chester last Thursday at Grahamsville.

Tri-Valley third baseman Chase Botsford (5) grounds out in the first inning of the 13-3 loss to Chester last Thursday at Grahamsville.


Sunday, May 10, 2015


 MONGAUP VALLEY--The bats came alive and a stellar pitching performance by Tri-Valley's Kacie Allison propelled the Lady Bears to a 10-0 tournament championship win Saturday over the Eldred Yellowjackets at Collins Park in Mongaup Valley. 
  Tri-Valley got into the Monticello Invitational championship game by defeating Liberty 4-1 while  Eldred defeated Monticello 6-3.
  Eldred and Tri-Valley scrapped through two and a half scoreless innings before the Bears scored one run in the top of the third on a home run by Angie Ditoro that got by Eldred's left fielder Sheila Burns.
  The 1-0 Bears lead was threatened several times by the Yellowjackets who had bases loaded in the top of the fifth with one out but a pop up and a ground ball to Allison ended that threat.
  The Bears broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth scoring six runs off a single by Ashley Johnson, a walk to DiToro, a single by Mikayla Clearwater scoring two runs, Katie Jester hit by a pitch, a hit to center scoring two runs by Allison and  a hit to right by Danielle Shafarsky scoring two runs.
  Eldred replaced starting pitcher Jordan Lepes in the bottom of the sixth with Alaina Gaughan and the Bears greeted her with three more runs off a walk to Brianna Mandes, another walk to DiToro, a triple by Clearwater and Clearwater stealing home.
  The two tournament wins by Tri-Valley boosted their overall record to 4-7 and 1-6 in OCIAA play.
  Eldred record with the one win and one loss in this tournament is 5-7 overall and 3-0 in OCIAA play.
  Allison recorded six strike outs.
  Eldred coach Ryan Jasper in noting the bases loaded opportunity his team missed out on  said, "when you get opportunities you have to take advantange of them." In regard to Allison's pitching Jaster said "she did a great job and has been doing so since she was in the seventh grade."
  Jasper while noting the Eldred  errors said, " they are just part of the game and you just have to work to overcome them."
  Winning coach Claire Moore commented that the win "was impressive and the bats came alive and we hit the ball where we needed to and when we needed to do it."
  Coach Moore added, "we were aggressive, disciplined at the plate, made the plays when we had to and all of Casey's  pitches were working today. 
  In the first game of the tournament Eldred outscored host Monticello 6-3 and recorded a homerun by Sami Clemmons with the win going to Jordan Lepes.
  Tri-Valley won the second game over Liberty 4-1 with winning pitcher Kacie Allison recording eight strikeouts. Runs were scored by Katie Jester, Ashton Krummack and and Ashley Johnson.
  In the consolation game for third and fourth place Monticello defeated Liberty 3-2 with winning pitcher Taylor Spargo recording eight strikeouts.



 Tri-Valley catcher Mikayla Clearwater holds the Monticello Invitational championship trophy won by the Bears Saturday at Mongaup Valley. The team is pictured with Assistant Coach Gary Clearwater, left, and Head Coach Claire Moore, right.



Tri-Valley speedster and second baseman Katie Jester (13) scampers to third base on a passed  ball. She scored the first run in the teams first game.   


An outstanding pitching performance by Lady Bears pitcher Kacie Allison gave her 14 strikeouts in the two games she pitched Saturday.


Eldred  pitcher Jordan Lepes in the Monticello Invitational  tournament championship game Saturday at Mongaup Valley.



2015 tri-valley pre-prom pics