The Honeoye softball team continued its reign over the Finger Lakes West League in 2013 with a fourth straight league championship.
“We’ve had a very good group of girls,” coach Matt Leitten said. “We had six seniors and four first team all-stars, and that was a strong nucleus for us for all those years. That isn’t to take away from the rest of the program; we’ve always had a tradition of working hard and being successful.”
Leitten is the Daily Messenger’s 2013 Softball Coach of the Year.
The Bulldogs remained the top team in the league despite graduating three starters the previous year. Seniors Kylie McBride and Kelsy Cornish both spent five years on the varsity team; classmates Erica Cratsley, Hannah Orman and Taylor Pestle each spent three years on varsity; and Sarah DeGaugh had two years on the team.
McBride dominated opposing hitters and earned the Finger Lakes West’s Player of the Year honor. The senior maintained a 1.94 earned run average with 127 strikeouts in 14 games.
“She’s someone who not only could hit the strike zone with six different pitches, but (she) and Sarah DeGaugh called pitches themselves,” Leitten said. “She wanted to be in charge, she wanted to be in control.”
Kasey Campbell and Pestle also pitched well for Honeoye.
Cornish, Orman and Cratsley led the Bulldogs offensively, and all three girls were named first team league all-stars. Cornish provided the power with six home runs and Cratsley brought the speed, stealing more than 40 bases and covering a lot of ground in center field.
Honeoye went 4-0 against league opponents Red Jacket and Romulus this season. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 16-5 record, falling to Notre Dame of Batavia in the quarterfinals.
“They were a real pleasure to coach and a real pleasure to be around,” Leitten said. “We didn’t go as far in sectionals as I had hoped, but that’s the way the game goes sometimes. It’s definitely a group of girls that’s going to be missed. They set such a good example. It give me a chance to coach players up to that level rather than trying to discover what the high watermark is.”