At least that game was close – unlike Cazenovia’s 18-0 loss to Solvay, where the defending OHSL Liberty champion Bearcats did all its damage in big spurts, from a three-run first inning to a five-run third inning to a fifth-inning outburst where the Lakers got tagged for 10 runs.
Combined, White and Josie Chiarello could not stop Solvay’s attack, and the Lakers managed just one hit of its own, a double by White. Solvay’s Jackie Gardner tripled, doubled three times and earned four RBIs, while Julie Gardner had a home run and three RBIs.
From that extreme, Cazenovia jumped to the other end of things in last Wednesday’s trip to Hannibal, mostly thanks to one monstrous inning in a 24-1 rout of the Warriors.
The Lakers already had a 4-0 edge going to the top of the second, but proceeded to bat around twice in a long, productive rally that didn’t stop until Cazenovia had put up 17 runs, ending matters early.
White (who also struck out 14 in a complete-game pitching effort) went five-for-five, including a double and triple, and drove in two runs. Chiarello scored three times and managed four RBIs, while Johnson had three hits and three RBIs. Jocelyn Golden also drove in three runs as Morgan Mapstone and Holly Gamlen drove in two runs apiece.
Chittenango, meanwhile, lost 7-1 to Westhill, a game that was 0-0 until the Mustangs scored five times in the top of the fourth. The Bears got just one hit, by Mohorter, off Marcellus ace Molly MacLachlan, as Matzel drove in her team’s lone run in the seventh to break up the shutout.
Right after Cazenovia beat Chittenango, it lost a 3-1, non-league game to Afton on Saturday afternoon, only getting a single run in the fourth inning, White’s double scoring McLaughlin. Nicole Chiarello pitched, striking out eight and allowing five hits.