On Saturday, May 19, the Cazenovia varsity softball team won its division of the Disabled American Veterans Softball Tournament, held at the Mudville Softball Complex located near Herkimer.
The Lakers defeated Ithaca 13 to 4, and Cooperstown 10 to 6, to take home the title.
In the first game the Lakers led Ithaca 4-3 after three innings of play, before breaking the game open in the fourth inning by scoring nine runs.
The game was ended after five innings, with Cazenovia holding a 13-5 advantage. Nicole Chiarello pitched four innings for the win, giving up only three earned runs on five hits with no walks and a strikeout. She also added a solo home run over the centerfield fence to cap the fourth inning outburst.
Willa Mihayli-Koch pitched the fifth inning to seal the win. The rally was fueled by RBI singles from catcher Holly Gamlen and a base clearing double from second baseman Josie Chiarello, who also scored later in the inning.
Gamlen went three-for-four, and shortstop Rachel McLaughlin was two-for-four with two RBIs and a run scored. Designated hitter Katie Kempf went two-for-three and scored twice.
In the second game Caz led Class C State-ranked Cooperstown 5-4 after five-and-a-half innings, and put the game away, scoring five runs in the bottom of the inning highlighted by McLaughlin’s grand slam home run with first baseman Sarah Liddell, third baseman Nicole Chiarello and pitcher Nicole White on board.
McLaughlin also went two-for-four in the second game, and was awarded the Tourney Most Valuable Player award for her slugging and all around play at short.
Nicole White threw the full seven innings and gave up only two earned runs on six hits with five walks and seven strikeouts, and had two hits in four at bats as well.
Liddell and left fielder Haley O’Brien each scored three times in the game. The game was highlighted by good defensive play from the Laker squad including an inning ending 6-4-3 double play in the second, and a rally killing double-play in the seventh, when centerfielder Maggie Johnson made a running catch of a line drive with the bases loaded and completed a quick throw to Josie Chiarello to double the runner off of second base.
Johnson also made a spectacular over the shoulder catch in deep center which even had opposing fans and coaches applauding.
The tournament ended the regular season for the very young Laker squad at eight wins and 12 losses.
The team qualified for Sectional competition and traveled to Dexter on Thursday for an opening round game with General Brown.
Ed Roickle coaches the Caz varsity softball team, He can be reached at email@example.com.