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Canastota softball breezes through 4-0 week

Still undefeated, the Canastota softball team unleashed all kinds of offense in the course of a pair of Center State Conference wins - then kept on going with a sweep of Saturday's windy, wet Mudville Tournament.

The Raiders did get off to a rough start in last Monday's game against Waterville, but still smashed the Indians 14-5.

Canastota was down 3-0 after two innings, but surged ahead with five runs in the top of the fourth. Waterville tied it, 5-5, in the fifth, but the Raiders batted around in the sixth, not stopping until it had amassed seven runs and moved in front for good.

Jessica Patterelli supplied the biggest blow, a grand slam on her way to three hits and five RBIs. Lindsay McGinley added a three-run home run as Ally Bernier also had three hits and Emily Harp tripled. The Raiders amassed 16 hits in the rain-shortened affair.

Only a rainout - as what happened to Wednesday's scheduled game against Sauquoit Valley - could slow the Raiders down, as on Friday it returned to play and increased its production in a 20-4 blowout of Mount Markham.

A three-run first inning set the tone as five runs followed in the second and Canastota led 11-0 after three innings. Still not satisfied, the Raiders used an eight-run sixth innings to cap off its effort.

Harp, in particular, was hot as she had five of Canastota's 18 hits, earning a pair of RBIs. McGinley tripled twice, finished with three hits and drove in five runs, while Patterelli had three hits and three RBIs. Alexis Havens, Jessie

Boswell and Valerie Baer drove in two runs apiece. Kelsey Lawrence, Samantha McCarthy and Ashley Hammes drove in runs, too.

Not stopping there, Canastota went to the Mudville event on Saturday and ignored the difficult conditions to get two more wins of varying difficulty.

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