Road to AA title goes through Webster: What to know about 2021 softball sectionals
The road to a Section V Class AA softball championship goes through Webster Schroeder.
Coach Meaghan Keil’s Warriors earned the No. 1 seed, a good spot to be in if you're seeking the program's first section title in five years.
Victor’s second-seeded Blue Devils (18-2), though, are far from a walk in the park. Schroeder won both meetings this season, but coach Shelly Collins’ Victor team is still the reigning champion.
Webster Schroeder and Victor have been the top teams in Class AA in recent years, combining to win the last five titles. Schroeder won the 2016 crown. Victor won 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Blue Devils won a state title in ‘18.
"Victor can hit one through nine," Keil said. "Emily Power made good plays against us. They're strong up the middle. And obviously Shelly is an amazing coach."
"They definitely have the upper-hand going into sectionals. They're the team to beat," Collins said about Webster Schroeder.
No. 1 seeds
Class AA: Webster Schroeder (18-2).
Class A1: Irondequoit (17-2).
Class A2: Honeoye Falls-Lima (13-3).
Class B1: Waterloo (15-2).
Class B2: LeRoy (15-0).
Class C1: Lyons (12-5).
Class C2: Lyndonville (14-1).
Class D1: Keshequa (15-2).
Class D2: Friendship (10-2).
All Section V championship game are scheduled for Monday, June 14 at the higher seed. And remember: there is no region or state tournament, so the season will conclude after the fina
2019 Section V champs
Class AA: Victor.
Class A: Honeoye Falls-Lima.
Class B: Waterloo.
Class C: Warsaw.
Class D: Alfred Almond.
Schroeder's pitching duo
Webster Schroeder (18-2) enters Wednesday’s Class AA quarterfinal against No. 8 Hilton (16-4) on a seven-game winning streak.
In fact, Schroeder managed to go undefeated locally. The Warriors’ only losses were to Section IV’s Maine-Endwell and Section III’s Cicero-North Syracuse.
“We want to challenge ourselves and play the best we possibly can,” Keil said.
Junior pitchers Krislyn Clement and Molly Broccolo are each other’s “biggest cheerleaders.” Clement, who also plays first base, is 8-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the circle, but is an “powerful” hitter who’s batting .548 with 31 RBIs and five home runs.
“Krislyn is a gamer and competitor. She’ll do whatever it takes to win,” Keil said.
Broccolo is 10-2 with 118 strikeouts. Keil wishes she could have seen Clement, Broccolo and All-Greater Rochester selection Sydney Bolton.
"They're the two best pitchers on my opinion," Collins said about Clement and Broccolo. "We've been beaten by both of them."
Schroeder has young studs in the lineup. Sophomore Mikayla Bengsch is batting .520 with 29 RBIs and five home runs. Freshman Bizzie Baglieri's at .500 with 26 RBIs.
“I’ve seen them grow up. They’re something special,” Keil said.
Seniors Emily Corcuera and "team mom" Amelia Arena are both leaders who will be missed at season’s end.
Victor's Buffalo trip
Elsewhere in Class AA, second-seeded Victor will host No. 7 Gates-Chili at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
During Saturday’s trip to Section VI, Victor won a pair of 1-0 games against 2019 Class A state champion Williamsville East, and a stout Class AA Williamsville North team, while in the Buffalo area.
Senior Emily Power scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to beat North in the regular season finale, helping Victor enter sectionals on a three-game winning streak.
Power and senior Maya Thompson are the only remaining players from the 2018 state championship roster. Power is batting .440 with 22 RBIs and five home runs. Thompson is batting .540 with 30 RBIs.
“They’ve been around postseason pressure,” Collins said.
Sophomore Joelle Jay leads the team with 37 RBIs and nine home runs.
Sophomore Kylie Bickert and freshman Olivia Steinorth have been effective in sharing pitching duties since two-time AGR Player of the Year Katie Sidare graduated in 2020.
"They're learning as they go," Collins said. "They're both competing for the No. 1 spot. It's been a year of growth on the mound."
LeRoy coach Mike Battaglia's Oatkan Knights, Class B2's top seed, finished the regular season 15-0.
"The team is just so much fun," senior Abbie Woodworth said. "I don’t think there's ever been a moment we've been down and out."
The Knights, seeking their first section title since 2018, will host the winner of Attica-Aquinas on Wednesday.
LeRoy is led by senior Hayley Papp. Her 61 doubles and counting is the new Section V record, beating the previous mark of 57 set in 2015 by Wayland-Cohocton's MacKenzie Weber.
Papp also has thrown three no-hitters this season, which includes her first-ever perfect game.
LeRoy managed to play well despite some hurdles.
Battaglia was hospitalized and missed a few games.
Maddie Masters, who was 17 when she died in September, would have been a senior on the team. She was honored at the team's senior game Wednesday.
Kate Cross, Masters' mother, attended the game in her honor.
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