After two miraculous playoff wins, sixth-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt entered the Section III Class A championship game Monday night looking to pull off another upset, this time against top-seeded Oneida, the defending champions.
But the Red Rams ran out of fantastic finishes and their season came to a close with a 5-1 loss to the Indians at the Gillette Road Complex in Cicero.
J-D coach Phil DeAugustine huddled his team in front of their dugout and congratulated his players on a good season while Oneida, which has won 15 in a row, accepted its championship patches on the infield. J-D (12-9) was looking for its first sectional title since 2006.
"I told them they should be proud of what they did this season," DeAugustine said.
The Red Rams (12-9) knocked off no. 3 seed New Hartford 1-0 and no. 2 seed Homer 4-3 to the get to the championship. DeAugustine said J-D's post-season run is something to build on for next year.
"The last two weeks were wonderful because the girls showed what they can do," DeAugustine said.
J-D and pitcher Jenn Keeler showed plenty of grit against the Indians. When Oneida loaded the bases with two out in the top of the fourth, Keeler struck out left fielder Jackie Cavanagh to get out of the jam unscathed.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead in the third but the Red Rams came back to tie it in the bottom of the fourth. Pinch runner Jayla Green scored from third after Maddy Devereaux beat out a throw from shortstop Clare Henry.
But ultimately Oneida made all the right plays when it needed to. The Indians plated two runs in the fifth and put the game out of reach with two runs in the top of the seventh. Jenna Didio, Oneida's top hitter, ripped an RBI triple into right center in the fifth. She also scored twice.