MOREAU – The bottom of the order came up huge for Williamsville East as the Flames advanced to their first New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association softball championship game Saturday morning.
Abbie Stellrecht drove in three runs while Maddy Miske had two RBIs to lead Williamsville East past Section III champion Jamesville-DeWitt, 7-3, at Moreau Recreation Park just outside of Glens Falls.
Stellrecht's two-run double to right highlighted a three-run first for the Flames (18-3). Miske's booming two-run double to right in the bottom of the fifth made it 7-3 – more than enough room for winning pitcher Jess Weaver. After four of the five hits she yielded came during the Red Rams' three-run fourth, she retired the final 11 batters to close out the win.
Stellrecht, the No. 6 hitter in the order for the Flames, went 2 for 2 and scored a run. Nos. 7 and 8 hitters Sam Crane and Miske each went 1 for 3 with Crane driving in a run with a hard single off the fence in center. East finished with nine hits.
"We had some big hits at the bottom of the order," Flames coach Chris Durr said. "You get to this point you're just trying to win two games and now we have a chance to become the second team in school history to win a state title."
Softball looks to join hockey as the only Williamsville East sports to win NYSPHSAA championships when it faces defending state champion Maine-Endwell of Section IV at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
J-D finishes 17-5.