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C-NS softball blanks Liverpool, 12-0

Seven-run second inning breaks it open for Northstars

Cicero-North Syracuse pitching ace Sydney O'Hara goes through her motion and sends one to the plate in Thursday's game at Liverpool. O'Hara got her third consecutive shutout, allowing two hits and striking out 14, as the Northstars beat the Warriors 12-0.

Cicero-North Syracuse pitching ace Sydney O'Hara goes through her motion and sends one to the plate in Thursday's game at Liverpool. O'Hara got her third consecutive shutout, allowing two hits and striking out 14, as the Northstars beat the Warriors 12-0. Hal Henty

— As for O'Hara's pitching, she struck out eight of the first nine batters she faced, including Hansen. But the sophomore slugger got her revenge in the fourth, delivering a clean single up the middle. She would later add an infield hit to go two-for-three on the day.

Having picked up two more runs, C-NS rested O'Hara after six innings of work, those two hits allowed and 14 strikeouts. Kalet Lenart pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to close out yet another shutout.

Before facing C-NS, the Warriors got one tune-up, going to Auburn last Monday afternoon and using steady production to put away the Maroons 12-5.

Having blazed to its own 4-1 start, Auburn was not to be taken lightly, and the Maroons proved it by scoring twice off Nicoletti in the bottom of the first to grab a 2-1 lead.

That didn’t last, though, as Liverpool used two runs in each of the next two innings to go in front 5-2. Though it never trailed again, the Warriors still needed three runs in the fifth and four runs in the seventh to draw clear.

Nicoletti, aside from her 11-strikeout complete-game effort, had a career day at the plate, going five-for-five with two runs scored to anchor an 18-hit attack.

Allyse Burgos and Dominique LaRose each had three hits and one RBI, while Kaylah Quilty doubled and drove in two runs. Hansen hit a solo home run and scored three times.

C-NS, on the other hand, saw its game with fast-rising Central Square rained out last Tuesday afternoon. But it got made up 24 hours later, and O’Hara used the occasion to pitch her second no-hitter in as many outings this spring during an 11-0 shutout of the Red Hawks.

This time around, O’Hara really made sure her defense got to rest, striking out 20 batters, meaning that Central Square got the ball in play just once in seven innings.

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