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Caz softball goes 3-1, rallies past Westhill

Lakers finish third at Jack Lowell Tournament in Oneida

A well-timed offensive outburst late in the contest helped the Cazenovia softball team overcome a four-run deficit in last Tuesday’s game against Westhill and beat the visiting Warriors 6-4 to move back above the .500 mark amid the busiest stretch of the season.

Through the first five innings, the Lakers could not solve Westhill pitcher Kelly Mascari, and fell behind 4-0 when the Lakers got four runs off Nicole White in the top of the fourth, two of them racing home on a Mackenzie Davis single.

Then, in the bottom of the sixth, everything clicked for the Lakers. Maggie Johnson’s bases-clearing, three-run triple was the key blow as Cazenovia batted around and scored six times, Sarah Liddell adding an RBI in that fracas.

Other than her fourth-inning struggles, White was superb against Westhill’s potent lineup, only giving up four hits and three walks while striking out three.

The Lakers returned to league play following a split of games in the April 27 Fayetteville-Manlius Tournament that included White’s first no-hitter of the season in a 3-2 victory over Oswego.

Unearned runs in the first and third innings had the Lakers trailing the Buccaneers 2-0. But White shut down everything from that point forward, only walking one batter and earning 12 strikeouts.

But Cazenovia didn’t catch up until getting a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, and moved ahead with a run in the seventh inning. Rachel McLaughlin doubled and drove in two runs, while Maggie Johnson added two hits and an RBI. White added a pair of hits.

Cazenovia lost the other game to Rome Free Academy 6-2, surrendering a 1-0 lead when the Black Knights scored two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. McLaughlin and Johnson drove in the Lakers’ runs as Nicole Chiarello managed a pair of hits.

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