A 7-0 start planted the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team in a familiar spot - the state Class A rankings, where it stood at no. 12 as last week's scheduled game with East Syracuse-Minoa got postponed.
In the meantime, the Red Rams took care of two other OHSL Freedom division opponents, starting Thursday with a 7-2 conquest of Mexico.
J-D led 2-0 in the first inning, saw the Tigers tie it 2-2, and then answered with two more runs in the bottom of the second to move in front for good.
Tessa Devereaux and Leetja Bryant each managed three hits, part of a 13- hit Rams attack. Mary Young, Rachel Honis, Meghan Engstrom and Jessica Sgromo drove in one run apiece as Devereaux scored a pair of runs.
Meanwhile, Engstrom and Kerri Keeler assumed the usual split of pitching duties, combining for seven strikeouts and allowing just one walk between them.
Two days later, the Red Rams combined a quick start with more terrific pitching from Engstrom and Keeler to shut out Chittenango 6-0.
J-D got to Bears pitcher Kaleigh Koegel for four runs in the bottom of the first. Honis coaxed a bases-loaded walk, Young stole home and Engstrom capped it with a two-run single.
Engstrom had another RBI single in the third, and she teamed with Keeler on a one-hitter. In her three-inning stint, Keeler struck out seven without allowing a walk.
Just before it was first supposed to meet J-D, ESM faced Chittenango last Monday afternoon and needed a late comeback to push past the Bears 5-4.
An early 2-0 lead vanished when Chittenango notched three runs off Julie Maselli in the top of the fifth inning. ESM stayed calm and, in the sixth, had a three-run rally of its own, and reliever Danielle Ventrone recorded the final three outs, despite the Bears scoring once to make it closer.