Just looking at the numbers, the Liverpool softball team has made up some ground on Cicero-North Syracuse – but has not yet caught up.
In last Friday’s battle at Gillette Field, the Warriors’ pitching duo of Dana Nicoletti and Peyton Bellrose mostly contained the Northstars, but it still wasn’t enough as Liverpool lost a 4-0 decision.
Getting the start, Nicoletti got through the first inning fine. But in the second, C-NS struck for a pair of runs, both coming home on Khalyia Flournory’s single, and doubled that 2-0 margin in the third when Morgan Phillips smacked a two-run single.
Bellrose replaced Nicoletti and kept C-NS off the board the rest of the way, despite surrendering six hits and two walks, as fine Warrior defense helped keep it within sight.
However, Liverpool, like so many others, found O’Hara in top form. Allowing just two hits (one each to Bellrose and Alicia Hansen) and three walks, the Syracuse University-bound senior recorded 17 strikeouts, all of them important to keep the pesky Warriors off the board.
This clash culminated a week full of league games, which started last Monday when Sydney O’Hara neared perfection as C-NS blanked West Genesee 13-0 and Liverpool rallied past Baldwinsville 11-5.
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. 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 Tess Andrews got seventh-inning singles to break up the gem. But O’Hara still got her 17th and 18th strikeouts to close it out.