Geneva Ends Arcadia's Season, Meyers' Career

- It looked like Gary Meyers would have one more game right down to the very last swing. 

His Arcadia softball team trailed 6-5 in the bottom of the 7th with two outs. However, the Titans had the bases loaded and Abby Sweers tattooed the first pitch she saw. 

Right at the center fielder. 

Maggie Cunningham made the catch and Geneva held on for a 6-5 win in an entertaining Class A State Play-In game Saturday afternoon at SUNY Brockport. The loss ended Meyers' 38 year career as a Section Five softball head coach at Olympia and Arcadia. 

Arcadia trailed 3-0 in the bottom of the 3rd, but got one run on an error and then Megan Boyce slugged a three-run homer to put the Titans ahead 4-3. 

The Panthers answered in the 5th. Zoe Legott laced a double to left that tied the game at 4 and Rachel Ficcaglia followed with a two-out RBI single through the right side to give Geneva a 5-4 lead. 

It didn't last long. Amanda Dow tripled in the bottom of the 5th and Boyce brought her home with a fielder's choice to get the Titans even at 5. 

Geneva used some heads-up baserunning to go back in front in the 6th. With Drea' Torres on second, Maddi Cooley laid down a sacrifice bunt. The Arcadia throw was not in time and when the Titans' first baseman charged third to hold Torres there, Cooley took off for second. When Arcadia threw to 2nd to nab Cooley, Torres broke for home and scored the eventual winning run without a throw. 

The Titans loaded the bases on a single and two walks, but Sweers' laser beam could not find a hole and the threat was snuffed out. 

Meyers was not overly emotional immediately after the loss. He shared hugs with his staff, the Geneva coaches and some of his players. However, it did not take long for the finality of the situation to sink in. 

"It just did out there (in the outfield where he addressed the Titans postgame). It's over. It's been so much fun," Meyers said. "All the kids... all the memories. I've heard so many things, so many positive comments, so many encouraging words. You hope that you've impacted (players) in a positive way because every one of them touches our hearts."

Geneva moves on to Friday's state quarterfinal game at Niagara-Wheatfield High School from Buffalo's Section Six. 

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