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Caz softball returns, beats Jordan-Elbridge

In many ways, the Cazenovia softball team was starting over after a shaky 1-3 start, looking to climb back up the OHSL Liberty division standings.

But it nearly got worse in last Wednesday's game against Jordan-Elbridge, where the Lakers trailed late before rallying past the Eagles 3-1.

Neither team scored until the fourth inning, when J-E got a run off pitcher Nicole Chiarello. Cazenovia tied it in the fifth, though, and used a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth to pull ahead for good.

Emily Mastropaolo had two of the Lakers' four hits as she, along with Korena Fenton and Meaghan Kurucz, drove in Cazenovia's runs. Mastropaolo, Belle Hoagland and Colleen Dougherty scored the runs as Chiarello limited J-E to five hits and struck out seven without a walk.

The Lakers did fall to Auburn 5-4 on Saturday afternoon. The game was tied 2-2 when the Maroons used a fourth-inning tally to go in front and scored twice in the sixth to make it 5-2.

Despite two runs of its own in the seventh, the Lakers could not pull back even, despite Fenton earning three hits. Taylor Malmsheimer and Kara Stalder each got two hits, with Kurucz joining Malmsheimer in the RBI column.

Cazenovia's baseball team, back from a week of spring-break games, got into the win column Wednesday by taking out Jordan-Elbridge in an 8-2 decision.

Single runs in the first and fifth innings put the Lakers up 2-0, but it batted around in the bottom of the sixth, earning six runs to get away.

Forest Blanchard had two doubles and drove in a runs, as Ben Langey had two hits and scored a pair of runs. Jack Malmsheimer earned a pair of RBIs, with Alex Szlamczynski and Chad Warren also driving in runs.

Brian Gara pitched his best game of the season so far, blanking J-E until the seventh and earning six strikeouts while allowing five hits and four walks.

However, the Lakers lost to Solvay 6-3 on Saturday afternoon, the Bearcats grabbing a 3-0 lead through two innings and never letting Cazenovia catch up.

Cazenovia got just four hits off three Solvay pitchers, two of them from Blanchard, while Ben Davis earned an RBI. Blanchard, Jack Malmsheimer and David McEntee scored the runs as Ronn Bidwell led the Bearcats with three hits and two RBIs.

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