Members of the Cazenovia High School Varsity Softball Team pose for a photo with 2011 graduate and current Syracuse University softball player, Korena Fenton on March 24 at the Carrier Dome. In back stands Julia Gagnon, left, Kelly Dougherty, Nicole Chiarello, Korena Fenton, Nicole White, Kimber Nourse, Katie Kempf, Rebeckah Swart and Sarah Liddell. In front are Leah Gamlin, left, Haley O’Brien, Morgan Mapstone, Holly Gamlin, Rachel McLaughlin, Josie Chiarello, Jocelyn Golden, Maggie Johnson and Willa Mihalyi-Koch. The team participated in S.U.’s softball camp and scrimmaged against the Phoenix Firebirds.
The Cazenovia High School Varsity Softball Team spent an exciting Saturday at the Carrier Dome on March 24, where they participated in a team softball camp hosted by Syracuse University Softball.
The Lakers scrimmaged with the Phoenix Firebirds and spent some time with Syracuse University softball player Korena Fenton, a 2011 graduate of Cazenovia High School and former All-Central New York Team member.
Cazenovia players and coaches spoke with Korena and her teammate Veronica Grant, who hails from Southern California, about their experiences as university students and as players for a Division I softball program.
The Phoenix scrimmage provided the young Laker squad with valuable game type experience, highlighted by solid pitching from juniors Nicole Chiarello and Nicole White. Good defensive play was exhibited by the entire team, which includes seven freshmen and three sophomores, three juniors and a pair of seniors.
The Dome provided a unique venue for softball, with two fields laid out on the floor, separated by the famous “blue screen” familiar to Syracuse basketball fans.
After the scrimmage the team relaxed, sampled the concession stand fare and watched Syracuse University come from behind to defeat Canisius College 7-6 with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The game featured several home runs, timely hitting by both teams and solid defensive play. It was an exciting end to an exciting and productive day for the Cazenovia crew. The team thanked the Cazenovia Athletic Association for their generous donation of funds to the team which was used to defray the team’s expenses, and the Cazenovia Athletic Department for arranging bus transportation to the event.