Caz softball has 5-0 start to May

Determined to climb back up the OHSL Liberty division standings, the Cazenovia softball team did so with five wins in a span of six days.

Cazenovia began that effort by going to Skaneateles and earning a 10-4 victory in this latest battle of Laker teams.

Korena Fenton's game-opening home run set the tone as Cazenovia scored three times in the first inning. And it did not let up, getting three more runs in the next two frames, plus four runs in the fourth, to build a 10-1 advantage.

Skaneateles did score three times in the fifth, but constant rain at Austin Park left the field unplayable, forcing umpires to end the game at that point. (Five innings make a game official).

Fenton and Melanie Arehart both had two RBIs, with Lindsay Easterly and Taylor Malmsheimer each scoring twice. Nicole Chiarello only gave up one walk and three hits while striking out seven in her abbreviated outing.

After the postponement of Wednesday's game with Hannibal, the Lakers went to Marcellus on Thursday and overcame a rough start to take over in the late stages and beat the Mustangs 11-7.

A wild second inning saw Cazenovia squander a 5-1 lead and fall behind 6-5. From there, though, Chiarello settled down and, over the next five innings, gave up just one run as the Lakers used two-run rallies in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to move in front.

In particular, Fenton torched the Mustangs for four hits, including a triple and double, scoring four runs and finishing with five RBIs. Malmsheimer also drove in five runs as Emily Mastropaolo had two hits and an RBI and Chiarello managed three hits.

Looking for three in a row Friday against Christian Brothers Academy, the Lakers pulled it off, shutting out the Brothers 7-0 to improve its mark to 5-2.

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