CORNING - Bella Reese struck out 15 Corning batters and allowed only two hits on the way to a 10-inning shutout and a 3-0 victory for the Express on Wednesday in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference softball matchup.

"Bella was dominant on the mound," Corning head coach Mike Johnston said. "People were treated to a heck of a game though. Extra innings, both pitchers threw well. It was a 25 strikeout affair with the two pitchers. We had opportunities, but we couldn't get the big hit."

Both Reese and Corning pitcher Laura Bennett had it working early, with each not allowing a runner to get past second base in the first three frames.

Elmira threatened in the top of the fourth after a leadoff double from Sarah Coon, but Bennett struck out two of the next three batters to end the threat.

The Express' next chance to score was in the top of the seventh inning after Ashley Ross led off the frame with a double to left and was sacraficed over to third base. The next batter, Parker Moss, hit a fly ball to medium deep right field that was fielded by Olivia McLellan who threw out the runner at home that ended the inning.

Corning had its best chance to score bottom of the seventh inning, as Bennett was hit to lead off the inning, followed by a sacrifice bunt to get the runner over to second base. A walk and strikeout followed by another walk loaded the bases, but Bennett was caught stealing home to send the game to extra innings.

"We were in a position with a slap hitter at the plate, when she puts it in play we were running on contact, but we didn't execute," said Johnston.

Elmira finally broke through in the top of the 10th inning as a throwing error after a popup from Grover scored the games first run. After an intentional walk to Sarah Coon, Kaitlynn Place smashed a 2-run double to give the Express a commanding 3-0 lead.

"Give Kaitlynn a lot of credit on that one," Johnston said. "She came up and drove the ball deep to left field after the intentional walk."

Corning loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Reese registered two punchouts to end the contest.

For the Hawks, Bennett tossed 10 innings, allowed eight hits and had 10 punchouts.

Elmira improves to 7-3 with the victory and will host Vestal on Friday at 5 p.m., while Corning falls to 6-4 and host Maine-Endwell today at 5 p.m.