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Raiders fall in Class B regional

Taking on Chenango Valley in the Class B regional playoffs, Canastota's softball team relinquished its final game of the season to the Warriors in a 10-0 decision.

The Warriors -- who are currently ranked no. 1 in the state Class B poll -- move on to compete in Saturday's state final four at Waterloo High School.

While the Warriors got on the board with a run in the top of the first inning, the Raiders showed no signs of relenting.

In the bottom of the first, Canastota's leadoff slap-hitter, Brianna Quaglia, safely made it to first, and advanced to second on Jessica Patterelli's infield single. Patterelli's single was Canastota's last of the game.

Alicia Hibbard drew a walk from Chenango Valley pitcher Dani Koltz, which loaded the bases with nobody out. However, the Raiders were unable to capitalize, as Koltz struck out the next three batters -- Liz McGinley, Lindsay McGinley and Kim Zehr.

Koltz finished the game with 12 strikeouts, proving why she will continue her softball career at Marist College once she graduates later this month. At one point, Koltz retired 18 in a row.

"She just got stronger as the game went on," Canastota head coach Tony Patterelli said. "She picked up her speed throughout the game."

Breaking away during the top of the fourth, the Warriors embarked on an offensive ambush. Going through the entire order, Chenango Valley converted four hits into five runs, helped along by a trio of Canastota errors.

"They are a very good team, especially from the plate," Patterelli said. "They're not the no. 1 team in the state for nothing."

The Warriors recorded another run in the sixth, with Koltz's solo home run. As if that wasn't enough, Chenango Valley added three more runs in the seventh inning.

So ended a memorable 25-3 campaign that, for Canastota, included a Section III Class B championship. Quaglia, Zehr, Liz McGinley and Jessica Denova depart, though Patterelli, Lindsay McGinley, Alexis Havens, Andrea Underwood and Alicia Hibbard lead a strong returning cast for 2010.

"I'm going to miss everything about this team," Patterelli said. "They are a great group of kids, they're fun to be around, and no matter what, they never quit."

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