May sets HR mark as Notre Dame wins division
It was a big day for Ridgebury's Olivia May on Wednesday afternoon.
The Notre Dame senior set the school record for home runs in the Crusaders 22-0 victory over Newfield, and then she found out that her team had wrapped up the IAC large-school South division title.
May had two home runs in the game on Wednesday, giving her 11 on the year, and 25 for her career. The career total breaks the record of 23 held by Megan Evans.
"It was such a great feeling," May said. "I had no idea I was anywhere near the record. When Mr. (Steve) Weber announced it after the game, I was overwhelmed with happiness."
For May it was a record that she didn't imagine she would ever reach.
"Mr. Weber said the record of Megan Evans was one that he thought was never going to get beaten, so that made it more special," May said.
For the Notre Dame star one of the keys to her success was always playing good competition at a young age.
"Ever since I was little I always have been playing up in age to play at a higher rate," May said. "I tell my teammates they need to play at a higher level travel team to get more prepared for their future at Notre Dame."
While it was a record-setting day for May, it also turned into a big day for the Crusaders as they clinched the division title after Waverly lost 3-1 to Edison.
"When I heard Edison beat Waverly it was a huge sigh of relief knowing the pressure is off tomorrow," May said. "It would have been nice to clinch the division by beating Waverly twice in a row, but I will take it this way to."
The Crusaders host Waverly today in their senior night game and for May it will be nice to be able to enjoy her final regular-season home game without worrying about battling for the division title.
"It's crazy that it's already my senior day," May said. "I remember being in seventh grad thinking it was so far away. It's going to be nice not coming out with a lot of pressure hanging on my head."
When the year began May knew that she was the lone senior on one of the youngest teams in the IAC, and so finishing as division champions is extra special.
"At the beginning of the year I thought this would be a year to build a foundation of the future," May said. "I can't say how proud I am of the girls to work so hard and to prove me wrong. That's kind of what they did, they proved me wrong this year."
May had a 3-for-4 day in the win on Wednesday, with two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored and Alivia Clark had two hits, with a double, two RBI and three runs scored.
Mackenzie Maoley had a hit, two runs scored and an RBI and Claire Spaulding scored a run, while Brooke Harvey had a double and scored a run.
Brooke Smith had two hits, with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI and Morgan Cox had a 4-for-5 day with three runs scored.
Allie Wichtowski had two hits, with a triple, two runs scored and three RBI and Monica Jerzak had a 4-for-4 day with two runs scored, a triple and three RBI.
Alaina Steadman had a hit, three RBI and two runs scored.
May stared for the Crusaders on the mound, throwing a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter.
Alaina Woods and Sam Blanford had hits for Newfield.
Edison 3, Waverly 1
With the game tied at 1-1 in the fourth inning, Edison got runs in the fourth and fifth innings on their way to the victory on Wednesday.
Kiana Manuel, Stephanie Bellis and Reylyn Schwartzhoff had two hits each for Waverly in the game and Sabrina Bowman added a double in the loss.
Manuel scored Waverly's lone run and Bowman had the RBI.
Sam Mennig struck out five, walked two and allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, for the Wolverines.
Waverly travels to Notre Dame today and finishes up the regular season at Newark Valley.