All the pieces are lining up to make Wednesday's baseball showdown between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse as meaningful as possible.
The Warriors, fresh off winning its division at the Mingo Bay Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., during the spring break, got a big win last Thursday when it went to Camillus and, led by Andrew Schreyack and Pat Wright, knocked off unbeaten West Genesee 8-1.
Schreyack proved better than the Wildcats' ace, Eric Spencer, going the route and throwing a three-hitter as he blanked WG after a first-inning tally.
Liverpool broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the third. Then, with the bases loaded in the fourth, Wright stepped up and crushed a Spencer pitch nearly 400 feet for a grand slam, all but deciding matters.
As this went on, back home the Liverpool softball team, who hosts CNS on Tuesday, made an emphatic statement in the first inning of its game against West Genesee, quickly taking the Wildcats apart in an 11-1 rout.
All through that initial frame, the Warriors took apart WG pitcher Ashley Amidon, batting around its entire order and recording six runs.
Even when Ashley D'Avirro replaced Amidon, Liverpool continued to produce, adding five more runs to the total and getting 12 hits overall.
Just as impressive was the fact that nine different players drove in runs, led by Ashley Kovarik and Michelle Hopkins, with two RBIs apiece. Bri Harris, Lucia Castellani, Alicia Hansen, Carrie Stoddard, Nicole Ciricillo, Angela Charles and Terra Lawler each drove in one run.
Castellani, Hopkins and Holly Clark each scored two runs as Kovarik, given ample run support, threw a complete game, holding WG to six hits while striking out five.