By JOHN ANDERSON
It’s hard to forget the 47-minute game in 1997 when Jill Regan threw a no-hitter and the Lions lost, missing an opportunity to win a state championships for softball.
This was just a few years after her sister, Jessica was a part of the state championship girls’ volleyball team led by Kelly Golish-Vossler. Then there was the baseball team. Like softball, they had so many dominating years but Section V did not allow the teams to go to states until 1996. Wellsville baseball ran into a future pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers in the state final four and lost.
Could the 2023 softball team make history?
On Saturday, the Lions erased a 2-2 tie game and crushed Iroquois, 15-5 to advance to the state final four in Long Island next weekend.
Wellsville (22-1) downed the Section Vi champions at Webster Schroeder High School.
Chris Brooks was tweeting (@iambrooksie) and will have photos and a game story for the Sun and wellsvillsports.com of the victory.
Brooks tweeted Makenna Dunbarn hit a two-run home run for the 2-0 lead, scoring Sawyer Burke who singled.
Lydia Loos hit a double for Iroquois and then tied it with a wind-blown hit. Wellsville took advantage of the wind in the third to take a 5-2 lead. The lead expanded to 9-2 when Dunbar and Makenzie Cowburn had RBI singles.
Dunbar then hit a second home run and Brazen Beckwith hit one to the top of the fence to seal the win and a trip 23 years in the waiting.