continued And more was to follow, as Van Hoven drove in two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings with a single and sacrifice fly, and Brittany Paul provided an exclamation point by belting a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Getting to the final required both C-NS and Liverpool to win Class AA semifinals last Wednesday at Hopkins Road with familiar opponents – but one different ending.
Liverpool held off no. 6 seed West Genesee 5-4 in one semifinal, avenging last year’s semifinal defeat to the Wildcats, though not without some late worries.
The Warriors got to WG pitcher Morgan Nichols for three runs in the bottom of the first. And it stayed 3-0 until the top of the sixth, when the Wildcats poked across a run, only to have Liverpool answer by scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth.
By that point, Alicia Hansen had picked up three hits, scored twice and earned a pair of RBIs to anchor the Warriors’ lineup. Carrie Stoddard and Brianna Harris each had a double and RBI
Those two runs proved pivotal when WG, sparked by Nichols’ solo home run, put up three runs in the top of the seventh, threatening a rally similar to the semifinal 12 months ago. But Nicoletti stayed calm and got the final outs.
Just before that, C-NS met Oswego in the other semifinal, just as it had in 2011, and once again the Northstars prevailed, 5-0, in a manner quite familiar to fans and opponents alike.
Harbaugh, Van Hoven, Paul and O’Hara all reached base in a two-run first inning. Another run followed in the second, and C-NS scored twice more in the third.
Paul, with three hits and an RBI, led the way as O’Hara, Van Hoven and Jenna Tartaro also drove in runs. Sydney Harbaugh and Brooke Szabo managed two hits apiece.