GREENPORT — The Columbia-Greene softball team is seeded seventh in the Region III Tournament and will play at No. 2 Onondaga on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in an opening round game.
The Twins finished the regular season with a 15-7 record and will be making its fourth straight postseason appearance. The Twins have qualified for the playoffs eight times in Peter Dedrick’s 10 years as coach.
The Twins have been idle for more than a week because of rain outs, so Dedrick says the team is eager to get back on the field.
“Four of our last five doubleheaders were rained out so we are just itching to get out and play,” Columbia-Greene coach Peter Dedrick said. “We haven’t played in almost a week and half so just trying to stay game ready the best we can.”
The Twins played Onondaga during the season and lost both games, 7-0 and 10-7 in eight innings.
“Onondaga is a very talented team,” Dedrick said. “We battled them in the regular season in two very good games. It was a 1-0 game going into the sixth inning in game one before two errors gave them a 7-0 win and in the second game we lost in extra innings.”
Dedrick said the tournament should be very competitive with a number of teams capable of winning it.
“The Region III tournament is wide open in our bracket,” he said. “Our region breaks the bracket up into two separate brackets. Our bracket consists of No. 2 Onondaga, No. 3 Corning, No.6 Broome and No.7 CGCC.
“If we happen to get past Onondaga we would play the winner of Corning and Broome, both of who we beat in the regular season, for a chance to get into the World Series. We can’t look ahead of what can be and all of our focus and attention has to be on Onondaga. One game at a time.”
Dedrick said the numerous rain outs this season was a source of frustration for the team.
“It was a frustrating season because of the rain outs,” Dedrick said. “I felt like we never got on a roll. Our 15-7 record is nothing to be mad about, but we had 12 games canceled so would have been nice to get them all in and see what could have been. However we reached our first goal of getting into the post season which is extremely tough to do in our region and we are just ready to play”
Now faced with a one and done format, Dedrick reflected on what his five sophomores have meant to the program the past two years.
“These five sophomores are a very special group,” Dedrick said. “They got it done in the classroom and on the field. Very talented group on the field, but even better people off the field. All of them play a key role for us so it will be tough to replace them. They are excited for the postseason and want to leave their mark on the program.”
In case of rain, the game will be played on Wednesday at Onondaga.