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ESM, F-M softball split twin bill

Having a neighborhood gathering on the last day of the regular season, the East Syracuse-Minoa and Fayetteville-Manlius softball teams split a doubleheader.

In the opener, the Spartans used a big sixth inning to turn things around n its way to a 4-3 victory over the Hornets.

Kristen Carey's pair of RBIs helped push F-M ahead, 2-1, in the third inning. However, in the top of the sixth, ESM got to Amy Bright with three runs, two of them brought home by Chelsea Casciano as Andee Fox added an RBI, too.

Though she gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth, Spartans pitcher Mallory Martino still earned the win, as she and Bright both allowed five hits.

In the second game, F-M rebounded, never trailing as it beat ESM 6-3. The Hornets went up for good with two runs in the third inning, then scored three times in the top of the fifth.

Bright got relief help from Katie Muller as she won here. F-M had nine hits to ESM's six, as Carey produced three RBIs. Nora Gallagher and Haley Wheeler both doubled. For the Spartans, Jaime Evans drove in two runs as Kelly Smith pitched and took the loss.

Bishop Grimes also played Saturday, losing to Fabius-Pompey 13-5 as the Falcons used a nine-run fifth inning to break up a 1-1 tie. The Cobras made seven errors as it fell to 5-12 on the season.

As the playoff assignments came out on Sunday, F-M had the no. 8 seed in Class AA, ready to face no. 9 seed Utica Proctor in Thursday's opening round, the winner to get top seed and defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday.

As F-M plays, so will ESM, at home, as the no. 7 seed in Class A against no. 10 seed Carthage, looking for a Saturday trip to no. 2 seed Whitesboro.

Jamesville-DeWitt got the no. 8 seed and, if it beats no. 9 seed Cortland on Thursday, will get top seed Oneida on Saturday.

And CBA landed the no. 3 seed in Class B-2, hosting no. 6 seed Herkimer on Thursday to see who faces Adirondack or Sherburne-Earlville in the next round.

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