Apr 16, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
With a winning program well established, the task for the West Genesee softball team is to try and break the stranglehold Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse has held on the rest of the Section III Class AA ranks.
The Wildcats wanted to do this in 2009, only to see Oswego eliminate them 2-1 in a tight Class AA quarterfinal. With most of its lineup back, including pitcher Ashley Amidon, WG embraces its new set of expectations.
Ten long days after a season-opening win over Westhill, the Wildcats returned last Monday and were both stingy and productive in a 6-0 shutout Rome Free Academy.
Amidon pitched most of the way, giving way late to Ashley D’Avirro as the pair combined to allow just four hits and keep the Black Knights off the board.
A pair of first-inning runs put WG in front for good as it scored in four of six innings. Kailey Ritch doubled twice and earned two RBIs as Katie Regin also got two doubles. D’Avirro, Rachel Hayden and Mackenzie Glynn joined Regin, driving in one run apiece.
WG looked Thursday to continue the struggles of Fayetteville-Manlius, who were coming off back-to-back one-run losses to Liverpool and Baldwinsville.
Sure enough, the Wildcats beat the Hornets 6-3, seizing an early 3-0 edge, then using three runs in the bottom of the fifth to account for its ultimate winning margin.
D’Avirro, who again relieved Amidon in the late innings, finished with a double and two RBIs as Glynn and Amidon both drove in runs, too. WG won despite getting just six hits to the Hornets’ nine as both Amidon and D’Avirro successfully worked out of trouble.
As for West Genesee’s baseball team, coming off an April 10 defeat to Corcoran, it was back home last Monday to meet Utica Proctor, but ran into one of the area’s best pitchers in a 4-2 loss to the Raiders.
Proctor ace Steve Sarcone made sure the Wildcats never got started. He threw just 88 pitches in seven innings of work, allowing two hits while striking out nine.
WG’s Turner Parry also pitched a complete game, settling down after Proctor raced out to a 3-0 lead by the third inning. The Wildcats did manage single runs off Sarcone in the third and seventh innings as Justin Capella doubled and drove in a run and Matt Naton had the other RBI.
The Wildcats would rebound on Tuesday, beating Central Square 6-2. Most of the offense came early, as WG scored three times in the first inning and twice in the second to bolt out to a 5-1 edge. Capella had three RBIs as Brian Burns also drove in a run.
Staked to that margin, Eric Spencer constantly got into trouble, allowing nine hits, but he constantly escaped, too, and worked all seven innings to earn the win.
Both the Wildcat baseball and softball teams will play three times during the spring break — against Henninger, Auburn and Baldwinsville, in that order. WG’s baseball side had a 3-3, darkness-shortened home game with Auburn earlier this month, and the rematch will be at Falcon Park — which has lights, if they’re needed.