Liverpool softball wins trio of home tests

Through a stretch of home games that, in total, would cover just 10 days, the Liverpool softball team would play four big games against potential post-season foes -- and won the first three in that sequence.

The closest of these games came on Saturday afternoon, when the Warriors exacted a bit of revenge on Rome Free Academy in 2-1, eight-inning thriller.

When they had first met April 7, in Rome, the Warriors squandered a long series of scoring opportunities and took a 1-0 defeat. Remembering that, the Warriors sent ace Erin Squairs to the mound to oppose RFA's Courtney Creedon.

Over the course of the first five innings, Squairs and Creedon matched gems, keeping it 0-0. In the top of the sixth, Janet Rolf's RBI got the Black Knights in front, 1-0, but Emily Dumas answered with a run-scoring hit of her own in the bottom of that frame to tie it, 1-1.

Tiffany Sampere replaced Squairs on the mound in the sixth inning. Sampere got the last out there, then blanked RFA through the seventh and eighth innings.

Sampere wasn't done, either. In the bottom of the eighth, Sampere ripped a double off the left-field wall. Moments later, Lorraine Stoddard faced Creedon and, with a single, brought Sampere home with the winning run.

The first big game in this long homestand came last Wednesday, against Oswego, where the Buccaneers proved stubborn before the Warriors pulled clear and won, 3-0.

Sharon Dennis nearly led off with a home run, but her first-inning double led to a run that, for a long time, was the only one of the game.

Squairs kept a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but Oswego's Lauren Corradino stayed right with her after that initial run, keeping it at 1-0 by not allowing a walk.

Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, Kalyn Howard's second double produced an RBI, and Emily Dumas also drove in a run, giving Squairs the cushion to finish her two-hit shutout.

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