J-D, ESM softball earn tough wins

Rams edge Spartans, who complete sweep of CBA

ESM got both of its runs in the first two innings, Maggie Kelly and Haley Albertson crossing the plate as Legare got credit for an RBI. Down 2-1, CBA cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second with Arianna Cavallaro’s single scoring Claire Pierret.

From there, CBA ace Jordan Sheridan shut down the Spartans, earning eight strikeouts and only allowing five hits. Ventrone matched her, though, pitching six innings and holding the Brothers to three hits before turning it to Michele Burgun, who escaped a big jam in the seventh to get the final outs and bring the Spartans a win.

As that was going on, J-D found itself in a tight spot at Homer, pushed to the wire before Robens delivered another big blow and the Rams pulled out a 5-3 victory over the Trojans.

At one point, the Rams trailed, 2-1, thanks to a pair of fourth-inning Trojan tallies, the only things Keeler would allow in a five-hit, 12-strikeout effort.

But J-D tied it, 2-2, in the top of the sixth, and then, in the seventh, put two runners on base for Robens, who smashed Anni Wynn’s offering over the fence for a three-run home run that proved the game-winner.

J-D had played back on Monday, blanking Cortland 3-0 as Keeler threw a one-hitter that included 14 strikeouts. Single runs in the first, third and fifth innings proved enough as Maddy Devereaux had three hits and an RBI, with Maggie Austin adding two hits and two runs scored.

CBA put up lots of early offense in last Monday’s game against visiting Fulton and hanging on from there to defeat the Red Raiders 7-4.

A three-run first inning got the Brothers in front, and it added three more runs in the next two innings to make it 6-0. Sheridan displayed her power with a home run as she and Pierret both drove in two runs. Annie Carhart managed a team-high three hits, while Jessica Valerino had two hits and an RBI. Sarah Roberts and Ariana Cavallaro also drove in runs.

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