By Alicia Dziak
SYI’s oldest rec softball team, coached by Terry Skelton, and assisted by Chelsea Place and Lee Arrington, finished up their regular season with a 12-0 record, which they took into their first post-season matchup against Hamburg on Monday night. The playoff game resulted in a 22-6 win for Springville.
After a slow start and going down 4-1 going into the 4th inning, Lilia Dinse and Liz Arrington turned in great pitching performances, and there was solid hitting throughout the order once the bats woke up. Amy Stabell and Samantha Yetter hit home runs, while Sydney Wittmer and Lilia Dinse hit solid triples to help the cause.
Skelton, who has been coaching SYI softball for nine years, and coaching for SYI for 30 years, noted that Lilia Dinse has been the top pitcher over the season holding opposing teams to low scores allowing our amazing batting order to overwhelm our opponents.
The Springville team, made up of 15 girls ages 13-16, is sponsored by Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
SYI softball coordinator Lynn Rogers, who took the position over two years ago, said that at the time, she was tasked with finding a league that included more teams to play, as the previous league, which included West Valley and Boston, was dwindling. The result was Springville’s 13-16 team moving to the Lake Shore league, which includes teams from Lake Shore, Hamburg and Eden. (The 7-9 and 10-12 age groups are part of the Hamburg Junior Softball league.)
Springville will host the championship game at home at the Springville Community Park, field C1, on Monday, July 23 at 6:15 p.m. The opponent is TBD as of press time, and was determined Wednesday night.