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Liverpool, CNS to reunite in softball finals

Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse, meeting for the Section III Class AA softball championship - again.

While everyone else groans, Warriors and Northstars partisans thrill at the prospect of yet another classic encounter Saturday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero.

These title games have become an annual event. Recently, the trend has seen Liverpool win in the odd-numbered years and CNS in the even-numbered years.

Given that it's 2010, that means it would be the Northstars' turn - though the regular-season results have not corresponded with that trend.

In an April 2 game at Liverpool that featured snow, the two sides went 10 innings and settled nothing when, with the game still tied 4-4, darkness halted the proceedings.

Then, in a May 6 rematch under the lights at Gillette, CNS was one out from victory when Beth Lamison's two-run single tied it, and she came back in the ninth to deliver the game-winning RBI in a 5-4 verdict.

To make this third encounter a reality, both sides had to win Class AA semifinal games Wednesday night at Hopkins Road Park.

Liverpool went first, topping no. 4 seed West Genesee 3-1. Then CNS went after no. 3 seed Oswego and got a bit of payback in a 7-2 victory over the Buccaneers.

For the second time in as many playoff games, the Warriors would see the other side score first, West Genesee getting on the board in the top of the third inning.

But that deficit didn't last, as Liverpool scored twice off Wildcat pitcher Ashley Amidon in the bottom of the third, then tacked on a run in the fifth for insurance. Lucia Castellani scored twice, adding an RBI, while Emily Dumas earned two hits.

Tiffany Sampere, who also drove in a run, pitched another gem, holding WG to five hits and walking just one batter as she recorded nine strikeouts.

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