— A rusty Cooperstown softball team headed to Canastota Monday and endured its worst loss of the season, 9-0.
The game was the team’s first after spring break, and several of the girls on the team traveled to Italy on a school trip, returning Sunday.
``It’s never good to make an excuse, but if there ever was a time this is it,’’ said CCS head coach Dave Bliss. ``I don’t think we were all there mentally.’’
Still, the Redskins trailed just 1-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning again the perennial league and sectional powerhouse, but Canastota scored four times in the fifth and four more times in the sixth to put the game away.
``We had the bases loaded in the second inning, and second and third in another inning but we couldn’t come up with a timely hit,’’ Bliss said.
Sawyer Graham had the only hit for the Redskins, who struck out 13 times in the game but drew seven walks.
``We still have a chance to tie for the league title if we win out,’’ Bliss said. ``I definitely think we can play with Canastota when we play them at home (Monday, May 10).’’ Cooperstown pitcher Anna Sams struck out 10, walked two and hit two batters. She has struck out 10 or more in every game this season for the 5-3 Redskins.
Cooperstown was scheduled to play a big league game at Sauquoit on Wednesday, weather permitting, and will host Little Falls on Friday.
The Cooperstown baseball team fell to 6-2 overall with a 14-0 loss at Canastota on Monday. The Redskins will also host Little Falls on Monday.