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Cazenovia baseball, softball build win streaks

Lakers handle Hannibal, J-E, Marcellus

Senior David McEntee sprints toward second while stealing a base during a recent game. Following the Lakers’ victory over Marcellus, their season record advanced to 8-7.

Senior David McEntee sprints toward second while stealing a base during a recent game. Following the Lakers’ victory over Marcellus, their season record advanced to 8-7. Rose Langey

McEntee, who pitched 3 1/3 innings to earn the win and struck out seven, also doubled and got three RBIs. Warren drove in two runs, while Gara and Bigsby had one RBI apiece. Malmsheimer scored three times as Matteson relieved McEntee and had his own 3 1/3 inning stint that included four strikeouts.

On the softball side, Cazenovia, also in a scramble to get to the sectional playoffs, broke out of its offensive doldrums early in last Monday’s game at Hannibal and managed to get the full seven innings in before the rains arrived as it beat the Warriors by a score of 18-7.

Quickly, the Lakers struck, getting seven runs in the top of the first. Then, with the score 9-2, Cazenovia added five more runs in the fifth and four runs in the seventh.

Josie Chiarello and Maggie Johnson both hit home runs, as Chiarello finished with five RBIs and Johnson got four RBis, each of them career marks.

Holly Gamlen, Sarah Liddell, Haley O’Brien and Nicole Chiarello also drove in runs as Nicole also recorded 13 strikeouts in a complete-game pitching effort.

The Lakers made it back-to-back wins on Wednesday, stopping Jordan-Elbridge 4-1, though this required some late heroics to back up Nicole White’s two-hit pitching and nine strikeouts.

It was tied, 1-1, when in the bottom of the sixth Cazenovia broke through against Eagles pitcher Alexis Rouse for three decisive runs. O’Brien tripled and scored as Gamlen, Rachel McLaughlin and Nicole Chiarello scored one run apiece.

Games at Solvay and Homer await both of the Cazenovia diamond sides before the sectional playoff pairings are announced on Sunday.

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