J-D softball sweeps past Fowler, Fulton

A pair of wins on the weekend moved the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team to 3-0 on the young season, while East Syracuse-Minoa also got into the win column.

Of the Red Rams' two games, Friday's trip to Fowler was more lopsided as it got huge production early in a 24-0 shutout of the Falcons.

Before the first inning was done, J-D had managed 12 runs, and eight more runs followed in the top of the second as, overall, the Rams managed 15 hits.

Tessa Devereaux had three of those hits, scoring three runs. Ashley Thompson and Mary Young each crossed the plate four times as Rachel Honis and Meghan Engstrom matched Deveraux with three runs scored. Engstrom had a double and two RBIs. Avery Share contributed a pair of hits.

J-D expected a tougher challenge from Fulton on Saturday - and the Red Raiders did get off to the quick start before the Red Rams settled down, took over in the late going and prevailed 8-3.

Engstrom started and, before she knew it, Fulton had bolted to a 3-0 first-inning lead, aided by some rough fielding by the Rams. Once that was done, though, Engstrom and Kerri Keeler combined to hold Fulton to two hits while amassing nine strikeouts.

It took a run in the third inning and three runs in the bottom of the fourth for J-D to pull ahead for good, and it tacked on four more runs in the next two innings for lots of insurance. Young had two hits, including a triple, and added an RBI as Honis, Engstrom, Keeler and Deborah Toscano also drove in runs. Toscano and Young both had two runs scored.

Back on Friday, ESM, who lost to J-D in the March 30 opener, shook off eight days of rust and, against Mexico, mostly relied on Danielle Ventrone's pitching to shut out the Tigers 3-0.

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