Though it had lost 4-0 to Cicero-North Syracuse on May 3, the Liverpool softball team had to be pleased with the progress it made since it lost to those Northstars by a margin three times larger earlier in the season.
Yet anyone trying to stop the Northstars must find a way to hit Sydney O’Hara, who added to her long resume with a perfect game in Wednesday’s 5-0 victory at Auburn.
Twenty-one Maroons batters faced O’Hara, and none of them reached base, falling victim to 16 strikeouts as O’Hara, with her 64 mile-per-hour fastball, let just five balls get into play, each of them handled for an out.
All of the offense C-NS needed came in a four-run first inning. O’Hara would hit her fifth home run of the season, while Morgan Phillips earned a pair of RBIs. Lindsey Silfer added a double and RBI.
When O’Hara didn’t pitch – as was the case in Thursday’s game against Syracuse East – it nearly resulted in the season’s biggest shocker before C-NS held on for a 4-3 victory.
With an 0-12 record, East was not expected to provide any sort of challenge, even as the Northstars’ second pitcher, Kalet Lenart, got the start.
But East settled down after some errors in the first two innings led to all of C-NS’s runs. Pitcher Kelsea Jimenez blanked the Northstars from the third inning onward, allowing just four hits overall.
Lenart, meanwhile, had her own early struggles, East tagging her for a run in the first inning and two runs in the second, but started to put together her own shutout streak, overcoming seven East hits, four of them by Aliya Wade.
It all got settled in the bottom of the seventh. Trailing by that single run, East put the tying run on third and the winning run on second base, only to get called for obstruction for the game’s final out, C-NS all too glad to escape that scare.