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C-NS, Liverpool softball string together wins

Warriors start 3-0; Northstars prevail at Binghamton tourney

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.

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. Hal Henty

At the plate, Liverpool got runs in each of the first five innings, capped by three-run rallies in the third and fourth. Bellrose hit a home run as she, along with Hansen, Ericka Sadowski, Jenna Wike and Taylor Charles, each got two hits.

To cap off its 3-0 week, the Warriors topped Central Square 8-1 on Saturday afternoon, using a four-run third inning to take charge as Hansen doubled, singled and produced a pair of RBIs.

Katie Yudin also drove in two runs as she and Nicoletti both got three hits. Also, Nicoletti pitched, surrendering four hits and two walks, but making up for it with 11 strikeouts.

Now Liverpool could turn its full attention to Monday’s scheduled showdown with C-NS – who had gone to a tournament at the BAGSAI complex in Binghamton and had won its division.

In the opening round, the Northstars romped past Vestal (Section IV) 11-2, sprinting out to a 4-0 lead by the second inning but still requiring a five-run sixth inning and two runs in the seventh to get away.

Gabriella Corasaniti and Alyssa Neuser combined on pitching duties, holding Vestal to five hits. Morgan Phillips was a home run short of a cycle as she singled, doubled, tripled and managed three RBIs, with Lauren Floyd adding three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Walters also drove in two runs, with Callisto and Neuser getting one RBI apiece.

Then, in the finals, C-NS prevailed in a tough 5-3 decision over Section I power John Jay-East Fishkill. The game was 0-0 when the Northstars broke out for four runs in the top of the fourth, and added a run in the sixth even as John Jay was trying to rally.

Bonin set the tone by going three-for-four, including a double, and earning a pair of RBIs. Paige Critella added three hits and scored twice as Lauren Floyd got two hits, with Callisto and Lauren Floyd adding one RBI apiece. Tully, despite some late struggles, held John Jay to six hits and earned 12 strikeouts.

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