CNS softball ace O'Hara throws no-hitter

Though it's still quite early, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball and baseball teams remain undefeated - though they find different ways to reach the same destination point.

For the softball Northstars, Sydney O'Hara dazzled Friday at Fayetteville-Manlius, pitching a no-hitter as she finally got some late run support in a 4-0 win over the Hornets. Meanwhile, the CNS baseball side also played F-M and had to escape trouble numerous times to prevail by a 3-1 margin.

Though it was mid-April, this was the F-M softball squad's season debut. By contrast, CNS had played twice, so it figured that O'Hara would carry a decided edge over the cold Hornets bats on a chilly, windy afternoon.

Yet for five innings, F-M pitcher Amy Bright matched O'Hara in a 0-0 deadlock, neither side giving. Finally, in the top of the sixth CNS broke through with a pair of runs, tacking on two more in the seventh.

As if striking out 12 batters against two walks in a no-hitter wasn't enough, O'Hara struck a two-run home run to aid the cause. Brittany Paul and Sam Cirillo each finished with a pair of hits as Cirillo and Amy Van Hoven earned one RBI apiece. Bright lost despite striking out 13 CNS hitters, but she allowed four hits and five walks.

While all this was going on, the baseball Northstars, after its third win in a row, the CNS baseball side turned to left-hander Kyano Cummings, who had pitched so well in the Northstars' 9-3 season-opening win over Baldwinsville on April 9.

Cummings would keep putting runners on base, allowing nine hits and two walks. All that F-M could get, though, was a run in the bottom of the second off Jeremy Mapstone's bases-loaded infield hit, which tied it 1-1 after Eric Hamilton's run-scoring single in the top of the first briefly put CNS in front.

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