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Marcellus softball, baseball both win big

Newly energized by its May 6 upset of Westhill, the Marcellus softball team used a series of wins to climb back above the .500 mark, while the baseball Mustangs won five consecutive games to improve its overall record to 11-3.

It all started for the softball Mustangs last Monday with a 5-1 victory over Christian Brothers Academy. Having already conquered the Brothers in a 10-inning decision back in April, the Mustangs did not need extra time in the rematch, moving ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first thanks to Tabby McBride's two-run triple and Meghan Witkowski's RBI single.

Two more runs followed in the second, Jessie Manahan scoring Becca Fabrizio with a single and crossing the plate herself on a passed ball. Molly MacLachlan did the rest, limiting CBA to five hits and earning six strikeouts.

A tougher challenge awaited Wednesday, at Cazenovia, where the Mustangs could not make it three wins in a row, falling to the Lakers 8-1.

Despite seven hits, the Mustangs did not get on the board until the sixth inning, by which point the Lakers were up 6-0. Kassie Lema had two hits and drove in her team's lone run.

Marcellus quickly rebounded Thursday to beat Hannibal 9-1, taking charge right away with four runs in the first inning and two more runs in the second as MacLachlan had a brilliant all-around effort.

MacLachlan had a home run, triple and double, scored four runs and finished with three RBIs as she pitched a complete game, holding Hannibal to four hits. Sophie Jackson tripled and drove in two runs, with McBride adding two hits and an RBI.

The rematch Friday was even more lopsided, the Mustangs bashing Hannibal 14-3 as a five-run fourth inning helped put things away.

Aside from her pitching a complete game with six strikeouts, MacLachlan reached base five times with two hits and three walks, scored four runs and earned an RBI. Witkowski and Jackson both had three RBIs as Becca Fabrizio drove in two runs. McBride, Kassie Lema and Angela Gonnella drove in one run apiece as Jessie Manahan doubled.

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