Softball Warriors smash CNS, Proctor

For a good part of May, followers of the Liverpool softball team wondered where all the hard-hitting power had gone.

While Erin Squairs and Tiffany Sampere continued to provide good outings every time they pitched, it wasn't always rewarded, as evidenced by the May 8 game at Gillette Field when it took a 1-0 loss to defending Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse.

Just in time, though, the bats came back.

The Liverpool-CNS rematch on May 22 turned into a Senior Day showcase as the Warriors pummeled the Northstars 14-2.

Each of the Warriors' five seniors -- Squairs, Jen Maloney, Kalyn Howard, Ciara Burke and Katie Bresnahan -- received their accolades prior to the game. Sometimes, such an affair can distract a team and keep it from its best effort.

That wasn't the case here, though, as Squairs worked a 1-2-3 first inning, even striking out CNS star Lucia Meola, a rare feat. Then the offense went to work.

With two out in the bottom of the first, Emily Dumas hit a bloop single, bringing up Howard -- and she promptly sent Sydney O'Hara's pitch well over the right-field fence, a two-run home run.

It didn't end there, either, as Beth Lamison singled and Sampere reached after O'Hara hit her. Squairs then doubled both of them home, making it 4-0.

Maloney's RBI double made it 5-0, and though CNS scored twice in the third inning, that was all Squairs would allow in her four-hit, complete-game effort.

Liverpool put it away with two more four-run rallies -- one in the fourth inning, the other in the fifth inning -- on its way to 15 hits for the afternoon.

Howard didn't stop until she had five RBIs, created by two more run-scoring singles. Lamison had three hits and two RBIs, while Stephanie VanDusen drove in a sixth-inning run.

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