continued The second game was less of a contest. C-NS ace Sydney O’Hara recorded 17 strikeouts and allowed just one base runner. Auburn hitters struck out the first time through the lineup and O’Hara struck out at least two batters in every inning.
C-NS scored three times in the first inning, twice in the fourth and fifth innings, and three more times in the sixth to reach their fifth straight sectional final. In the first, O’Hara walked, Lindsey Silfer reached on a fielder’s choice, and Morgan Phillips beat out an infield single to load the bases.
Khaliya Flournory’s blooper single to left field scored O’Hara and Silfer, and Phillips came home when shortstop Casey Gray misplayed Katie Scott’s ground ball for an error.
Beth Bonin and Amy Van Hoven scored in the fourth on O’Hara’s two-out double to left for a 5-0 Northstars lead. In the fifth, Phillips and Scott came home on Szabo’s infield single, Scott showed smarts on the base paths by taking off for home on the throw to first.
O’Hara, Silfer and Phillips scored runs in the sixth, and C-NS could now look ahead to yet another title game encounter with Liverpool, set for 4:30 Saturday at Syracuse University. the Northstars won both regular-season meetings.