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CNS softball returns to diamond, beats B'ville

Two long weeks had passed since the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team had last taken the field, when pitcher Sydney O'Hara no-hit Fayetteville-Manlius on April 15. The ensuing period had included all kinds of weather interruptions, as games and practices, including the Icebreaker Tournament in Oswego, got wiped out.

Not until Friday, when the Northstars faced Baldwinsville at Gillette Field, did the season resume - and after an initial stumble, CNS found its old dominant self by pounding out 14 hits on its way to a 10-3 victory over the Bees.

This marked the only time CNS will play until Tuesday's showdown with archrival Liverpool, who had escaped the Central New York weather to get a full week of work at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Florida during the spring break as the Northstars waited for things to dry out.

Rusty from the long rest, Sarah Salamone, who took her turn in the pitcher's circle struggled in the top of the first inning, giving up a pair of runs as B'ville claimed a 2-0 lead. That seemed to awaken the Northstars as Sam Cirillo tied the game in the bottom of the first with a two-run single off Liz Campbell, followed by Morgan Phillips' RBI groundout that pushed CNS ahead for good.

Salamone would settle down in the second, striking out the side, and would keep the Bees off the board until the sixth, aided by fine defense from the likes of Sydney Harbaugh and Kelly Corbin.

By the time B'ville scored again, CNS had pulled away, and Salamone helped her own cause with consecutive run-scoring singles in the fourth and fifth innings, with O'Hara adding a two-run single of her own.

Brittany Paul went three-for-three, scoring three runs as Salamone, O'Hara and Amy Van Hoven each crossed the plate twice. Corbin and Morgan Phillips also drove in runs. Though she gave up nine hits, Salamone still had a complete-game effort, striking out five. CNS improved to 4-0 as B'ville suffered its first defeat of the season.

As this was going on, Liverpool, who had bashed West Genesee 11-1 the day before in its first game back from Florida, ripped Corcoran 19-0, breaking open a close affair with 11 runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Holly Clark led the Warriors with five RBIs as she, along with Terra Lawler and Lucia Castellani, each scored four runs. Alicia Hansen had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs as Carrie Stoddard pitched a one-hitter, striking out six.

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