BROCKPORT -- Softball is a simple game.
The team that cashes in on its opportunities to score usually wins.
Williamsville North and Victor each had plenty of chances to put up runs Friday afternoon at SUNY Brockport's Clark V. Whited Complex. The Section V champions came up with the timely hits, while the Section VI champions didn't.
As a result, the Spartans' season is over.
Victor (17-1) ended North's postseason run by claiming a 5-1 win in the Class AA Far West Regional before an estimated 500. The Blue Devils scored twice in the first and never relinquished control even though the game wasn't short of drama.
That's because North drew 10 walks off sophomore pitcher Erin Wong. While she had wild moments, she made the big pitches when necessary to escape trouble in limiting the Spartans to three hits. Williamsville North (15-7-1) stranded 12 base runners, leaving the bases loaded in the fifth.
Victor, which had seven hits and drew three walks, returns to action June 10 in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association final four in Glens Falls.
Sammie Torlish drove in a run with a single to get the Blue Devils on the board first and later scored on a throwing error. Kyra Grooms drove in a run with a double to right in the third to make it 3-0.
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North pushed a run across in the fourth on Anna Brand's two-out single with runners at second and third. The potential big inning ended as Victor threw out Rachel Dimitroff trying to score.
The Blue Devils wasted little time getting that run back as Reagan Gensiejewski crushed a homer to left to lead off the bottom half of the fourth.
North, making its first regional appearance since 2009, tried to bounce back by drawing a pair of walks to start the fifth, but Emily Nicosia hit a sharp grounder to third for an easy double play.
It was that tyoe of day for a North.
"Their pitcher was wildly effective," Spartans coach Michelle Switzer said. "I'm so proud of the girls. They knocked off the No. 1 team in the state (Lancaster) and then knocked off Orchard Park. … We were waiting for that key hit. We just didn't get it."