Liverpool Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse cruised through their respective Section III Class AA softball semifinal matchups at Hopkins Road Park on Thursday night, setting up the same final meeting for the fourth time in five years.
In the first AA semifinal, Liverpool took down Central Square 4-1, and C-NS followed with a 10-0 drubbing of Auburn.
The Warriors last won a sectional title in 2009, over C-NS. Then the Northstars prevailed in 2010 and 2012, and C-NS also beat West Genesee in 2011 as it has won the last three championships.
Both teams benefitted from strong pitching. Liverpool freshman Peyton Bellrose scattered four hits over seven innings for her eighth win of the season. She also helped her own case on the offensive end, going two-for-three with a run and an RBI in the clean up spot.
The no. 2 seed Warriors produced two runs in the third and in the fifth innings, with each of the first four hitters in the lineup crossing the plate once.
Dana Nicoletti led off the third with a double to left and advanced to third on Ericka Sadowski’s infield single and broke the scoreless tie on Alicia Hansen’s single to right. Sadowski stole third and tagged up to score on Nicole Cerrone's screaming lineout to center.
Hansen then kicked off the fifth inning with a walk and came all the way from first to score on Bellrose’s deep double to left center. Bellrose tallied the Warriors’ final insurance run two batters later when Dominique LaRose beat Noelle White’s throw from third to first.
Central Square’s lone run came in the sixth inning when Maureen Coleman’s single to right brought Maria Francisco home from second. Liverpool recorded at least one hit in every inning, finishing with 10. Sadowski, Hansen and Bellrose each collected two, and La Rose was a perfect three-for-three at the plate.