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Solvay rallies, reaches Class B softball final

Marcellus falls to HP, 3-0, in semifinals

— Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Chelsie Delperuto, whose deep fly ball scored her team's first run. Then Julie Gardner, walked twice earlier in the game, got a Pitkin offering she liked and drilled a double to the wall, scoring two runs as Solvay pulled even, 3-3.

GB fought back, reclaiming the lead 4-3 in the top of the sixth on Kayla Gaffney's RBI single. And in the top of the seventh, it had a chance to expand the lead, but great defensive plays by shortstop Kiersten DiBello and left fielder Nicole Antonacci kept Solvay within one.

Antonacci led off the bottom of the seventh by drawing a walk. Sullivan then dropped down a bunt, something Solvay had failed to execute earlier in the game, but this one stayed fair, and a throwing error put Antonacci on third and Sullivan on second with the possible winning run.

Delperuto again hit a deep fly ball, scoring Antonacci to tie it 4-4. Gardner walked for the third time, and Cimini hit a grounder to third, freezing Sullivan. On the throw to first, though, Sullivan took off for home and just beat the tag to win the game.

Having escaped, Solvay now watched as Holland Patent earned the other berth in the sectional final by frustrating a Marcellus side that had knocked off no. 2 seed Adirondack in Monday's quarterfinal.

They were 0-0 when, in the top of the second, back-to-back doubles by Laura Meyer and Leah Harter put the Golden Knights on the board.

HP would tack on single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, too, both involving Korey Bunal, who tripled and scored in the fourth and singled in the sixth to bring home another run.

The Golden Knights never put together a big rally against Marcellus pitcher Molly MacLachlan, but did enough and turned the task over to its own sophomore ace, Peyton Cole.

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