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Caz softball splits with Westhill

All that was at stake when the Cazenovia softball team clashed with Westhill twice in a span of 24 hours was first place in the OHSL Liberty division.

So naturally they split those games, each side winning on the road, settling close to nothing.

A weather postponement on April 6 set up this unique pair of games. In the month since, the Lakers had rose to challenge the Warriors' role as league favorites, and now would get a chance to see exactly where it stood.

In Part I Tuesday afternoon, timely hits and the terrific pitching of Alyssa Boswell produced a breakthrough as the Lakers beat the Warriors 3-1 to go in front of the league standings.

Matched up against Westhill ace Toni Secreti, Boswell proved better, blanking the Warriors through the first five innings as her earned run average dipped to 0.62.

By that point, Cazenovia enjoyed a 3-0 lead, as both of the hits it got off Secreti proved to be damaging.

Alissa Easterly came to bat in the top of the third and hit one past everybody, as she rounded the bases for a solo home run to put Cazenovia up 1-0.

An inning later, with two runners in scoring position, Kara Stadler punched a single that scored both of them. Cazenovia wouldn't get another hit -- and it wouldn't be needed.

Westhill finally got to Boswell for a run in the bottom of the sixth, but she escaped that jam, then blanked the Warriors in the seventh to close it out.

This whole turn of events pleased the Lakers -- but also riled up Westhill, who got revenge a day later at Veterans Field by beating Cazenovia 11-2.

Again, the Lakers would strike first, with a run in the second inning. Only this time, Westhill answered quickly, going in front with two runs in the top of the third, then using a six-run outburst in the top of the fifth to get away.

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