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J-D softball smashes F-M in season opener

Keeler pitches, gets solo homer; Siegel earns four RBIs

— Shaking all of this off, the Hornets would have a memorable Saturday, winning the Oswego Icebreakers Tournament in the most dramatic way possible.

The Hornets, in the title game against host Oswego, prevailed 5-4 when Guillaume smashed a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, instantly erasing the Buccaneers’ 4-2 lead and winning the game.

Before that, it had been a tense exchange of single runs, F-M leading 2-1 thanks to tallies in the second and fourth before Oswego used runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to inch to a 4-2 lead.

Every time the Bucs scored, though, Duval would prevent further damage, overcoming seven walks and three hits by earning nine strikeouts. Brittany Hill had two hits and an RBI.

This followed an opening-round game where F-M drilled Mercyhurst Prep 21-1. A six-run first inning and eight-run outburst in the third inning set the tone, giving Duval and Erin Burnett plenty of support as they split pitching duties.

Guillaume had four hits, including two doubles, and scored three runs, with Duval and Elisabeth Thomas scoring three runs apiece. Rachel O’Byrne went five-for-five and earned two RBIs. Devito also drove in two runs as Alex Lunderman managed three hits and an RBI.

J-D, meanwhile, was back home and taking an 11-9 defeat to Class AA contender Central Square. The Rams appeared to get control with a four-run third inning, but its 6-3 lead vanished when the Red Hawks scored three times in the top of the fifth.

An exchange of runs in the sixth inning followed, and Central Square got to Keeler for four more runs in the top of the seventh. J-D answered with two runs in the last of the seventh, but Red Hawks pitcher Kelsey Morgan still recorded the final out.

So the Rams lost despite two hits and three RBIs from Alyssa Robens. Siegel drove in a pair of runs, with Carly O’Hern hitting a solo home run. Thompson and Keeler also drove in runs. Central Square’s Noelle White led her side with two doubles and four RBIs.

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