Softball Raiders roar to Class B championship

Canastota's softball team was not content with just winning the Section III Class B title Saturday against Homer at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero. It wanted to dominate.

As such, the Raiders trampled over the B-1 champion Trojans with a remarkable offensive showing at It humbled Homer 14-4.

Liz McGinley recorded the win from the mound as Canastota advanced to Tuesday's regional final at Gillette against Section IV champion Chenango Valley, who knocked off reigning state champion Windsor 6-0 in its sectional final.

The Raiders began their run towards regionals early. In the top of the first inning, Jessica Patterelli produced the first hit of the game with a double.

Alicia Hibbard then drew a walk from Homer pitcher Jessica Rigg. With two outs, Lindsay McGinley's triple drove in Patterelli and Hibbard, giving Canastota a 2-0 lead.

"When I step up to bat, I'm watching the ball, and hoping it goes right down the middle," Lindsay McGinley said. "If it's there, I know I have to make contact."

Although Gabby Luety scored a run for Homer off of McKenna Riley's single at the bottom of the first, the Raiders regained the momentum during the second inning.

Both Jessica DeNova and Alexis Havens earned free passes to first, while Brianna Quaglia reached on an infield error. With the bases loaded, Patterelli punished the Trojans, registering a three-run double that gave the Raiders an added cushion.

"I'm just looking for strikes when I'm at the plate," Patterelli said. "I'm looking for my pitch, and if it's there, I'm hitting it."

Even with a comfortable lead, Canastota continued to connect from the plate. Liz McGinley drove Patterelli home with a double, while Lyndsay McGinley followed with her second triple of the game.

Seven earned runs in less than two innings prompted Homer's first pitching substitution. Although Alexis Brown successfully ended the second inning without further damage, Canastota tailed a total of five runs, resulting in a 7-1 advantage.

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