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Caz softball goes 3-1, rallies past Westhill

Lakers finish third at Jack Lowell Tournament in Oneida

Following the win over Westhill, Cazenovia continued to surge, pounding out plenty of hits against Skaneateles on Wednesday as it dominated the battle of Laker sides and prevailed 13-2.

After grabbing a 5-0 lead by the third inning, Cazenovia sealed matters with a six-run outburst in the fourth. Johnson led the charge, smashing a home run and adding a double and single as she picked up four RBIs.

White and Chiarello also went deep, both of them scoring three runs as Jocelyn Golden added a pair of RBIs. Chiarello assumed pitching duties, too, and held Skaneateles to three hits, recording seven strikeouts to overcome issuing six walks.

On Saturday, Cazenovia went to Oneida for the Jack Lowell Tournament, where it faced the host Oneida Indians (no. 15 in the state Class A rankings) in the first round and could not get on the board in a 4-0 defeat.

Through three innings, it remained 0-0, but Oneida got to White for single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, plus two runs in the sixth. Meanwhile, three Indians pitchers – Ally Simons, Ashley Marshall and Emily O’Herlen – held the Lakers in check, never letting them get on the board despite six hit, two of them from white, plus a double by Chiarello.

Forced into the consolation round (Oneida would beat Holland Patent in the finals), the Lakers engaged in a thriller against Homer that went eight innings before Cazenovia beat the Trojans 8-7.

This one went back and forth, Cazenovia grabbing a 5-1 lead by the third inning, only to see Homer use five runs in the bottom of the sixth to surge in front 6-5.

Somehow, the Lakers shook this off and tied it in the top of the seventh. Then, in the eighth, Cazenovia claimed an 8-6 lead with a pair of runs and had to hang on as Chiarello surrendered a run in the bottom of the eighth, but managed to record the final out.

At the plate, White went three-for-four, including a double, and picked up two RBIs. McLaughlin also drove in two runs as Chiarello and Rebeckah Swart each got two hits and one RBI.

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