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NTL SOFTBALL: COWANESQUE VALLEY EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT NTL-II TITLE IN '24 (2024-06-01)

Northern Tier WEST Sports Report
WESTFIELD, PA — A veteran-led CV Lady Indian softball team dominated the small school division this season to earn their second straight title, finishing undefeated in the NTL-II and 17-4 overall.

Head Coach Kip Adams and the Lady Indians had even loftier goals before the season started, stemming from a very successful 2023 campaign.

“When the season began we had two team goals,” says Adams, “another league championship and a district championship. We achieved the first and came up short on the second, but overall we had a great year. We won 17 games, went 8-0 in our league, and beat some schools much larger than us.”

A 17-3 regular season mark was highlighted by a pair of winning streaks .. including the Indians’ 7-0 start to the season where they outscored their opponents 85-9, and a nine-game streak after their first loss of the season .. to undefeated large school champ Liberty .. that included a pair of mercy-rule wins over Northeast Bradford where CV scored 13 runs per outing.

A pair of losses .. to large school foe Towanda and non-league Wellsville (NY) .. preceded the Indians’ 4-3 regular season finale win over 2A semifinalist Troy (15-4). 

As it was last season, the Indians’ run through the ’24 post-season as the No. 3 seed was ended in the first round, again by the No. 6 seed, Northeast Bradford. 

CV compiled some impressive stats during their 21-game season, including hitting .368 as a team, outscoring their opponents 213-58 on the season and ending 11 of their games early due to the mercy rule.

Adams points to a core of seniors that has led the way for the Lady Indians for the last several seasons. 
 
“We were truly blessed with a bunch of senior experience and leadership,” says Adams, “with Logan Hamilton (.475BA, 28H, 5HR) behind the plate, running things as a team captain .. she’ll play at Penn College next year .. and Ruby Sherman (.437BA, 31H, 22R) .. both batting and pitching (97IP, 0.43ERA, 122K, .200OBA).”

“Shortstop Katie Adams (.431BA, .554OBP, 22H, 24R) was a team captain,” Coach Adams continues, “and Keyana Thomas (.346BA, 18H, 4-2B, 2HR, 17R) and Tabby Piper (.362OBP, 16H, 14R) anchored the corners of our infield while switch hitting Maddie Millard (.356OBP, 14H, 17R) had a solid year at second base and will continue her softball career at Lock Haven and McKenna Cary had a solid year in right field.”

With a loaded lineup filled with seniors, only three underclassmen saw significant time for the Indians, but their contributions were crucial to CV’s success.  

“Junior Ashley Woodring (.455BA, 30H, 5-2B, 2HR, 21R) earned our third team captain spot,” says Coach Adams, “and she ran the outfield from center field, while junior left fielder Ella Churchill (.364BA, 16H, 13R) is a speedster and sophomore second baseman/outfielder Zeraya Wilson (.472OBP, 22H, 5-2B, 4-3B, 30R) was a spark plug in the leadoff spot for us.”

Adams knows his seniors will be missed and appreciates their efforts. 

“I’ve been with these girls for so long that it’s hard to believe they’re graduating,” says Adams, “They’ve had a great run during their time at CV. They’re leaving their alma mater with back-to-back league championships and 33 wins during their final two seasons. That’s big shoes to fill and a lot of great memories to take to college with them.”
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