BROCKPORT – Depew softball's season-long mission has been to return to scene of its toughest loss in 2016.
The Wildcats accomplished that in resounding fashion Friday night at SUNY Brockport.
Depew punched its ticket to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association final four for the second year in a row by crushing Section V champion Wayland-Cohocton, 13-0, in a Class B Far West Regional clash at the Clark V. Whited Complex.
Sophomore Annie DiPirro led a 19-hit attack by collecting three of them, while senior Karsen Cotton delivered a nearly flawless performance in the pitching circle as Depew returns to action at 1:30 p.m. June 10 in a state semifinal contest in Moreau Recreation Park in Glens Falls against a still to be determined opponent.
Depew lost in the a rain-delayed state semifinal contest last season.
"Doing it two years in a row when no one else had ever done it in school history is a pretty cool thing to experience," said DiPirro, who also drove in a run.
Cotton, whose in her sixth season, had huge hand in another big playoff win by the Wildcats. She got the team off to solid start leading off the game with an infield hit. She later scored on Jordyn Petyk's single. Cotton drove in the next run in the second inning with a single to right as an error on the potential third out kept the inning alive. The Wildcats (17-5) scored in every inning Friday.
"Being the first batter there's pressure sometimes," Cotton said. "It felt good getting the first hit and then scoring right away."
Depew punctuated Cotton's gem of a pitching performance by turning a game-ending double play. Cotton (nine strikeouts) kept the Eagles (19-5) off balance throughout as all they mustered was an infield hit. She struck out seven of the first 10 batters she faced and also recorded an assist in that stretch.
"Without Karsen it would be really hard," DiPirro said. "She gets us pumped up and ready to play. … She pitched amazing."
Andrea Taboni, Julianna Ciesielski and Alyssa Nichy were among several Depew players to collect at least two hits.
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