Wind howled at the Sean Goggin Sports Complex as the Cazenovia softball team tried to turn back Madison County rival Chittenango on Friday afternoon.
They beat the worst of the conditions, and the Lakers emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Bears thanks to pitcher Nicole White’s best effort of the season.
Chittenango got just one hit off White, but it was a single by Lauren Molloy in the top of the fourth inning that drove home Malarie Mohorter and erased Cazenovia’s early 1-0 lead, created when Maggie Johnson brought home Nicole Chiarello in the second.
Quickly, the Lakers went back in front with a run in the bottom of the fourth as Rachel McLaughlin’s single scored Sarah Liddell, and White made that slim lead stick, amassing 13 strikeouts against that lone hit and three walks. White’s counterpart, Mohorter, was strong, too, surrendering just five hits and striking out 11.
Each side entered the game coming off rough experiences earlier in the week. Chittenango had nearly made a stirring comeback in last Monday’s game against visiting Skaneateles, only to fall just short in a 5-4 defeat to those other Lakers.
They were tied, 2-2, through one inning, but the Bears went cold in the game’s middle stages, shut out for five innings by Skaneateles pitcher Ali Tomlinson as the Lakers got to Mohorter for two runs in the third and a single run in the fifth.
Mohorter minimized the damage, though, and Chittenango was still in it when, in the bottom of the seventh, it nearly caught up. The Bears managed two runs to pull within one, but saw Tomlinson record the final out.
Brianna Koegel and Trisha Whaley both had one RBI, with Koegel, Brooke Matzel and Mohorter scoring runs. Tomlinson, aside from her pitching, also had three hits at the plate for Skaneateles.