Liverpool senior pitcher Dana Nicoletti (8) stares down at the plate as she winds up and throws in last Thursday’s season-opening 18-2 win over Auburn. Splitting pitching duties with Peyton Bellrose, Nicoletti helped the Warriors to a 3-0 start.
The Cicero-North Syracuse softball team could not quickly put its 2-1 defeat to Baldwinsville on April 3 behind them due to the bad weather that kept them off the field for nearly a week.
But when it dried up and the Northstars were back in action last Wednesday afternoon, it gave the ball to Megan Tully and she responded with the first no-hitter of her varsity career in a 13-0 shutout over the Oswego Buccaneers.
By no means was Tully overpowering in the pitcher’s circle, giving up six walks and seeing her defense commit an error. But Tully more than made up for it with 11 strikeouts and escaping trouble whenever it came up.
At the plate, C-NS stayed patient and then, up 3-0, broke the game open by batting around in the bottom of the fifth inning and scoring six times.
Rachelle Walters led the way with a double and four RBIs. Katie Scott and Jess Callisto each drove in two runs. Beth Bonin had two hits and scored twice. Khaliyah Flournory managed two hits.
Unlike C-NS, Liverpool had to wait until last Thursday afternoon to make its season debut, but it didn’t seem to affect the Warriors one bit as it smashed past Auburn 18-2.
What was a modest 1-0 lead turned a lot more lopsided when Liverpool piled up six runs in the second inning and five more runs an inning later on its way to 17 hits overall.
Peyton Bellrose, who pitched two innings in relief of Dana Nicoletti, doubled twice, scored four runs and finished with four RBIs. Alicia Hansen doubled and drove in three runs while also crossing the plate four times, with Jenna Wike, Nicole Cerrone and Alexis Lamison managing two RBIs apiece.
The Warriors rolled again on Friday against the same B’ville team that beat C-NS, earning a 10-0 shutout behind Bellrose, who pitched superbly and held the Bees to just three hits.