Continuing to set the pace in the OHSL Freedom division, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team turned back a trio of OHSL Freedom division foes as part of a crowded week of action, both inside and outside Central New York.
shut out Mexico 12-0 last Monday afternoon, with Kerri Keeler allowing two hits and three walks while striking out eight in six innings of work before Alyssa Robens closed it out.
A four-run first inning set the tone, and it was 9-0 through three innings. Maggie Austin’s pair of hits led to four RBIs, while Erica Siegel scored twice and drove in two runs. Emily Clapper got three hits as she, along with Robens, Alexis Cantor and Paige Sherling, scored twice. Julia Fairbanks and Carly O’Hern added RBIs of their own.
What followed, on Thursday, was a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Cortland where Keeler limited the Purple Tigers to three hits and amassed a season-best 15 strikeouts.
Still, J-D had to work to get to Cortland pitcher Cady Walts, erasing an early 1-0 deficit with a tying run in the fourth and two runs in the bottom of the sixth to go in front. O’Hern went three-for-three, earning a pair of RBIs, while Robens had two hits and scored twice. Austin added an RBI.
Then, on Saturday, J-D blanked Fulton 6-0, jumping out with five runs in the first two innings as Cantor doubled, tripled and finished with three RBIs. Clapper and Keeler each scored twice as, in yet another pitching gem, Keeler overcame six Red Raiders hits and nearly matched her strikeout total from the Cortland game, finishing with 14 K’s.
Fayetteville-Manlius took a tough 1-0 defeat to Central Square last Monday afternoon. Even though Megan Bright held the Red Hawks to four hits, she still gave up the game’s lone run in the fourth inning on Maureen Coleman’s single.