Though lingering in the shadow of OHSL Liberty division neighbor Solvay, the Marcellus softball team has built its own long win streak, which reached nine in a row, starting last Tuesday with a hard-fought 7-6 victory over Phoenix.
The Mustangs erased a 4-2 deficit with three runs in the top of the third. Then it scored twice in the sixth, making it 7-4, and would need that cushion because the Firebirds got two runs of its own in that frame to cut the margin to one.
Molly MacLachlan would pitch a scoreless seventh to help her team prevail, this after getting two hits and scoring twice. Kassie Lema managed a pair of RBIs.
Then the Mustangs blanked Bishop Ludden 3-0 on a wet Wednesday afternoon where MacLachlan held the Gaelic Knights to three hits and didn’t allow a walk.
For her part, Cazzandra Griglock pitched well, too, but Marcellus got to her for a run in the third inning and two runs in the fifth. Jennie Delia was credited with two hits and an RBI as she, along with Meghan Witkowski and Clare Manahan, scored one run apiece.
A rematch with Ludden Thursday ended 5-2 in the Mustangs’ favor. Sara Hayes and Aubrie Murray drove in runs in the top of the third to briefly put the Gaelic Knights up 2-1, but Marcellus countered with four runs in the bottom of the third to move ahead for good.
Rylie Spicer, with two RBIs, led a balanced Mustang attack, while MacLachlan and Shannon Donahue both had two hits and one RBI. Pitching yet another complete game, MacLachlan struck out seven and only surrendered one walk.
Before that, Ludden lost an 8-0 decision to Chittenango last Monday, getting just one hit (Hayes’ single) off Bears pitcher Malarie Mohorter. Griglock kept the game at 1-0 until Chittenango scored seven times in the fourth and fifth innings to get clear.