May 13, 2012 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Continuing its rise up the state Class B rankings, the Solvay softball team was also interested in hanging on to the top spot in the OHSL Liberty division, especially since Homer was keeping pace and the two sides would meet to close the regular season – and possibly decide the league title.
A key step toward this possible showdown was Friday’s game between the Bearcats and Marcellus. As in so many other games this season, Solvay’s bats made the difference in a 9-3 win over the Mustangs.
Julie Gardner’s RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning put the Bearcats on the board, but the Mustangs briefly went in front 2-1 in the top of the third on Meghan Witkowski’s two-run triple.
Then Jackie Gardner, who was also pitching, put her team in front for good with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third, and the lead grew to 6-2 on run-scoring hits from Julie Gardner and Chelsie Delperuto in the fourth.
Not content with her success at the plate, Delperuto contributed a diving catch on Tabby McBride’s deep drive in the fifth to prevent extra bases. Then she drove home two more runs with a sixth-inning triple to put the game away.
What made the game mean more was the fact that Westhill, another one of the pursuers, dropped a 6-5 thriller at Homer on Thursday afternoon.
In the first of two meetings with the Trojans, the Warriors moved ahead 2-0 in the first inning and 4-3 in the fourth inning. Both times, Homer came back, scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth to seize a 5-4 lead.
And there it remained until the seventh. Westhill poked across a run to tie it, 5-5, but in the bottom of that frame Alyssa Morgan, who had already hit a home run for the Trojans, blasted a triple that scored the winning run.
Morgan had four RBIs and also pitched a complete game, striking out eight. Against her, Westhill teammates Andrea Golembiewski and Gwen Dougherty each had two hits, while Erica Lobello drove in a pair of runs and Kelly Mascari added an RBI.
The Bearcats did not find Jordan-Elbridge to be a big obstacle in last Monday’s game, playing through the rain and drowning the Eagles 13-3. Solvay already had a 5-0 lead when, in the top of the fourth inning, it gained six more runs to reach double digits.
Delperuto led the attack, smashing a grand slam, along with a double. Nicole Antonacci also had two hits, contributing an RBI as Jackie Gardner and Julie Gardner both had their own two-hit outings. Jackie Gardner also pitched, striking out eight and holding J-E to four hits.
Marcellus had resumed on Wednesday, after the rainout of last Tuesday’s showdown with Westhill, and lost a 4-0 non-league decision to Christian Brothers Academy.
Normally potent, the Mustangs’ bats ran into CBA ace Jordan Sheridan, who held them to five hits (two of them by Molly MacLachlan) and struck out 12. For her part, MacLachlan kept the Brothers in check except for the third inning, when the hosts got three pivotal runs.
Jordan-Elbridge also was back in action on Wednesday afternoon as it fell to Cazenovia 4-1 in a game that was in doubt most of the way.
Down 1-0, the Eagles tied it in the top of the fourth as Cassidy Fletcher drove home Alexis Rouse. It stayed even until the bottom of the sixth, when the Lakers got to Rouse for three runs, negating a superb effort where she rang up 13 strikeouts and only allowed three hits.