After a 3-2 start to the 2017 season, the Bishop Kearney High School softball team recently strung together 22 straight victories that included a state title, the first in school history for the softball program.
Along the way, the Kings defeated Caledonia-Mumford 4-3 to win the Section V Championship, the first since 1982. They also won the Class C Title 10-1 over Geneseo, and the Western Regional 5-4 over Portville.
The New York State Championships were held in Glen Falls. Bishop Kearney held on to defeat Sandy Creek 3-2 in the semifinals, and rallied to defeat Pine Plains 4-3 to be crowned state champions.
Freshman pitcher Emily Phelan was named NYS Player of the Year while head coach Dave Herbst was named NYS Coach of the Year.
“Our entire team, coaching staff and administration all share in this honor,” Herbst said.
Coaching staff includes Katie Sadler, assistant coach; Jessica Prinzing, assistant coach; and Christy Phelan, pitching coach.
The Kings roster features Christina Aldridge, Brie Boon, Mayling Caraballo, Marissa Conroy, Samantha Dickson, Francesca Gerardi, Myah Gonzalez, Tianni Gorham, Anne Heyen, Hannah Krautwurst, Hannah Lindey, Kateri Maurer, Sienna Oliver, Emily Phelan, Michelle Russotti and Emily Tytler.
State Sen. Rich Funke, R-55th District, will honor the team with a resolution and reception at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Bishop Kearney, 125 S. Kings Highway, Rochester.