SYRACUSE Much would be learned by the Solvay and Westhill softball teams in their head-to-head clash on Wednesday afternoon.
And for the moment, it’s the Bearcats holding the upper hand, improving to 9-1 on the season with a 6-2 victory that completed a regular-season sweep of the Warriors.
The two sides had first met April 4, where Solvay, at home, prevailed 12-6. The rematch would prove closer, at least most of the way.
They traded runs in the third inning, and Westhill inched ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. That didn’t last long, though, as Solvay inched in front with single runs in the fifth and sixth before a three-run seventh inning put it away.
Sydney Cimini led Solvay with three hits, two of them doubles. Julie Gardner scored twice and Brenna Poli earned a pair of RBIs as Cimini, Kiersten DiBello and Taylor Guinta each drove in one run.
Jackie Gardner pitched quite well, too. She held Westhill star Kelly Mascari without a hit, content to walk her twice rather than have her get any kind of good swing. Carrie Griffo managed three hits and Gwen Dougherty added two hits.
This was the first of big back-to-back local games for Solvay, and there wasn’t any letdown on Thursday as the Bearcats roared from behind to get a 6-4 victory over Marcellus.
For five innings, the Mustangs ruled, steadily building a 4-0 lead behind five total hits from Meghan Witkowski and Shannon Donahue. Angela Gonnella scored a pair of runs as Nicole Wynne, Jennie Delia and Heather Hanlon each had one RBI.
Pitcher Molly MacLachlan held up until the sixth, when Solvay got a pair of runs to cut the deficit in half, to 4-2. That only served as an appetizer, though, for in the top of the seventh the Bearcats erupted for four runs to seize the lead.