Liverpool Whether it was new territory, or very familiar ground, the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt softball teams both left Hopkins Road Park Saturday as proud owners of Section III championships.
The Brothers won its first-ever sectional title by taking out Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 9-3 in the Class B final. Then, in the Class A championship, the Red Rams, a long-time power who had not won the big prize since 2006, played close to perfection in shutting out top seed Oneida 5-0.
CBA rose from a no. 11 seed in Class B, knocking off four of the top six seeds along the way to the top.
After eliminating no. 6 seed Homer 8-5 and no. 3 seed General Brown 1-0, the Brothers earned what was, at the time, the biggest win in the program's history when it stunned no. 2 seed Solvay 5-3 in the Class B semifinal Wednesday night at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero.
At least that was the biggest win until Saturday. APW, the no. 5 seed from the Frontier League, was CBA's last obstacle, and if the Brothers had any nerves about playing in this title game, they went away in a hurry.
Jordan Sheridan reached base in the first inning on a dropped third strike, and Molly O'Brien reached on a bunt before Jessica Valerino and Kelly Bewley hit back-to-back RBI singles, scoring Sheridan and O'Brien to put CBA ahead 2-0.
It remained that way until the fourth, when the top of CBA's order delivered again. With two out, Claire Gollegly singled and Sheridan drew a walk. O'Brien then drilled a double to the wall between left and center field, scoring Gollegly and Sheridan to make it 4-0.
After the Brothers expanded the margin to 5-0 in the top of the fifth on Jen Merola's sacrifice fly, APW nearly caught up in the top of the fifth. With two on, Tess Abbott hit a two-run double, and Emily Radley's RBI single cut it to 5-3.