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Softball Warriors win twice in extra innings

Westhill's softball team played through the rain in last Monday's game at Christian Brothers Academy and, in eight innings, earned a key OHSL Liberty division win, edging the Brothers 2-1.

Billed as a pitcher's battle between Toni Secreti and Jordan Sheridan, the two aces did, indeed, control matters. The Warriors fell behind 1-0 in the first inning on Sheridan's single that scored Claire Gollegly, but Secreti blanked CBA from there, only allowing three hits while striking out eight.

Sheridan, meanwhile, kept her team in front, amassing 12 strikeouts and constantly escaping possible rallies until Westhill, three outs from defeat, notched a run in the seventh to tie it, 1-1.

Then, in the eighth, the Warriors loaded the bases, and an error allowed Carrie Griffo to race home with the go-ahead run. Kelly Mascari had three of Westhill's 10 hits, while Kylie Tucker got a pair of hits.

And that only began the good work as Secreti threw a no-hitter on Wednesday, needing to be that sharp as Westhill beat Jordan-Elbridge in another 2-1, eight-inning decision.

Despite not giving up a hit and striking out 15, Secreti surrendered a run in the top of the fifth, putting J-E up 1-0. However, the Warriors tied it in the bottom of that winning, then won it in the eighth when Andrea Golembiewski scored and raced home on Secreti's decisive triple. Alexis Rouse took the loss despite only allowing three hits in seven regulation innings.

Earlier in the week, J-E beat Marcellus 5-2, and did so in dramatic style. Up 2-0, the Eagles gave up two runs in the sixth on Jessie Manahan's triple as the Mustangs pulled even, 2-2, but it answered with three runs in the top of the seventh to win it.

Katie Byrnes and Natalie Andrianos led J-E with two RBIs apiece as Byrnes doubled and Andrianos tripled. Rouse scored a pair of runs and also pitched a complete game, allowing six hits but striking out eight. Molly MacLachlan took the loss.

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