April 20, 2013

Cassavaugh sets stolen base mark

ELIZABETHTOWN — It was a mix bag of emotions for the Elizabethtown-Lewis softball team Friday.

Kylee Cassavaugh broke the New York State career stolen base mark, but the Lions fell to Minerva-Newcomb, 12-9, in extra innings in Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference softball.

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Cassavaugh came into the game tied with 128 stolen bases. She broke the record by stealing second and pushed her mark to 130 by also swiping third.

Lions coach Jim Monty, who has coached Cassavaugh since eighth grade, was very proud of her accomplishment.

“She did it in typical Kylee fashion,” Monty said. “I have been coaching her for five years and I can’t think of anyone who has worked harder for this achievement then she has. I started working with her in eighth grade and I knew how talented she was. I sat down with her and her parents, and we decided it would be great to have her on the team.

“She stole 24 bases in her first year playing, 21 as a freshman, 41 as a sophomore and now she has the record and she will definitely continue to be a huge part of our team.”

The milestone, however, didn’t stop the Mountaineers from stealing a win from the Lions.

Elizabethtown-Lewis scored early and went up 6-1 in the game, but the Minerva/Newcomb started chipping away with one in the third, five in the fifth and took the lead with two in the seventh going up 9-8.

The Lions would tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but the Mountaineers would tack on three runs in the extra frame to put the game out of reach for Elizabethtown-Lewis.

Cassavaugh had two hits in the game, including a double and Jasmin Barnes got three hits, three RBI and a home run for the Lions. Elizabethtown-Lewis also turned two double plays in the field.

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