Though the West Genesee softball team lost three times last week, it ended up on a particularly high note that nearly matched the excitement of its epochal 13-inning victory over Liverpool on April 25.
Going up against defending Class A champion Jamesville-DeWitt on Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats put together an impressive all-around effort and defeated the Red Rams 3-2.
They matched each other most of the way, Morgan Nichols and J-D ace Kerri Keeler keeping it 0-0 until the fourth inning, when the Rams got on the board with a run but WG retaliated with a run of its own.
So it was 1-1 going to the sixth. Again, J-D went in front, but again the Wildcats answered, getting to Keeler for two runs to move out in front, and watching Nichols pitch a scoreless seventh to seal the victory.
Tess Andrews hit a solo home run and also singled, scoring twice, while Nichols added an RBI to support a pitching effort where she limited J-D to six hits and struck out five.
This eventful week began when WG went up against Cicero-North Syracuse, the reigning Class AA champions, who overwhelmed WG in a 13-0 decision.
Syracuse University-bound senior star Sydney O’Hara wasted little time jumping on the Wildcats, following a leadoff single and walk by smashing a three-run home run over the left-field fence in the top of the first inning, her fourth round-tripper of the season.
Later, in the fifth, O’Hara doubled to start a two-run rally, and in the seventh it got out of hand with seven runs, bookended by two more O’Hara doubles as she ran her total to five RBIs.
And all the while, O’Hara worked on a perfect game, retiring the first 18 WG batters she faced, 16 of them through strikeouts, before Kaleigh Churchill and Andrews got seventh-inning singles to break up the gem. But O’Hara still got her 17th and 18th strikeouts to close it out.