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West Genny, Solvay fall short in sectional finals

Both the West Genesee and Solvay softball teams wanted to walk out of Hopkins Road Park in Liverpool Saturday with unlikely Section III championships, but neither would pull it off.

In its first-ever Class AA final, the no. 3 seed Wildcats had undefeated, no. 1 seed and defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse concerned until a big fifth inning by the Northstars sank WG's chances in a 7-0 defeat.

Later that day, Solvay, the no. 6 seed in Class B, was leading top seed Adirondack in its sectional title game, only to seed a combination of defensive mistakes and potent Wildcats bats lead to a 9-4 defeat.

This marked the second time during the week that WG was playing at Hopkins, having staged a dramatic comeback to upend no. 2 seed Liverpool 4-3 in the AA semifinals on Wednesday night. Topping CNS, who had beaten the Wildcats 6-2 two weeks earlier and was trying to earn its second consecutive title (and third in four years), would prove tougher.

Yet for four innings, WG pitcher Ashely Amidon kept the Northstars without a hit as the game remained 0-0. The great defense seen against Liverpool, which included a triple play, continued here, too, as the Wildcats turned a double play in the bottom of the second and Lexie Myers dove to make a great catch in left field in the fourth.

WG almost took the lead in the top of the second, as Makenzie Glynn reached base on an error and Gabby Rivers singled. But with runners on second and third with one out, CNS ace Sydney O'Hara struck out Katie Regin and Ashley D'Avirro, two of the nine strikeouts she picked up on this day.

So it was still 0-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. Then Sam Cirillo singled, the first CNS hit of the day, and six more hits would follow in this frame as the Northstars picked up all seven of its runs in the decisive rally.

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