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J-D softball smashes F-M in season opener

Keeler pitches, gets solo homer; Siegel earns four RBIs

— The priorities for the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team are simple and clear for 2013 – go exactly where it did in 2012, and then go one step further.

A season ago, the Red Rams did not stop with reclaiming the Section III Class A title. It won a miraculous regional game against South Glens Falls (four runs in the bottom of the seventh to prevail 4-3), and then made it all the way to the state title game before Sayville denied them in a tight 5-4 decision.

With that final memory burning in them, head coach Phil DeAugustine’s charges got to work again, returning pitcher Kerri Keeler and many other starters this spring as it eagerly awaited for the snow to melt and for things to start again.

After two postponements of games against East Syracuse-Minoa and Fulton, J-D took the field on Thursday and were ready for action, as it jumped all over Fayetteville-Manlius with a big first inning that led to a 10-2 victory over the Hornets.

Before F-M pitcher Marisa Duval could even settle down, the Rams had batted around in the bottom of the first inning, piling up seven runs, far more than it would need since Keeler would hold the Hornets to six hits and one run while striking out eight.

At the plate, it was leadoff hitter Erika Siegel doing the most damage, with two hits, including a triple, and a career-best four RBIs. Keeler tacked on a solo home run and scored twice as Maddy Devereaux added two hits and drove in two runs. Maggie Austin and Ashley Thompson each had one RBI and Paige Sherling scored a pair of runs.

F-M didn’t get on the board until the sixth inning, but did see Patricia Miller double and drive in a run as Samantha Guillaume managed three of her team’s six hits and Victoria Devito added an RBI.

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