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Solvay softball repeats Class B sectional title

Bearcats score early, often in 11-3 romp over Adirondack

The Solvay softball team celebrates its second consecutive Section III Class B championship, earned Monday night at the Gillette Road complex with an 11-3 victory over Adirondack. The Bearcats scored seven runs in the first two innings and cruised the rest of the way.

The Solvay softball team celebrates its second consecutive Section III Class B championship, earned Monday night at the Gillette Road complex with an 11-3 victory over Adirondack. The Bearcats scored seven runs in the first two innings and cruised the rest of the way.

— This time around, the Solvay softball team was not going to wait to decide matters.

Having seen its season nearly end against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown in the previous round, the Bearcats jumped all over Adirondack in Monday night's Section III Class B final at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero, eventually prevailing 11-3 to bring home a second consecutive sectional championship.

"It's an amazing feeling," said Chelsie Delepruto, whose three hits on the night included a two-run home run. "I wouldn't want to be a part of any other team."

Any opponent that faced Solvay was going to be in trouble. The Bearcats' harrowing 2-1 victory over APW in the semifinals on May 28, where the Bearcats escaped three bases-loaded threats by the Rebels and needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to prevent extra innings, had alerted them to how it could all end in a flash.

"We thought a little too much (against APW)," said Solvay head coach Phil Merrill. "The kids were more relaxed tonight. It was a great team effort, top to bottom."

What helped, from a relaxation standpoint, was getting to the plate and producing, which is what Solvay did in the first two innings to seize control as it sprinted out to a 7-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first, Nicole Antonacci led off with a double, moved to third and scored on Delperuto's sacrifice fly. Then, with two out and two on, Kiersten DiBello drove them home with a two-run single, and then would race around to score on Jordan Michelletti's single.

Not stopping there, the Bearcats added to that total in the second, again with Delperuto driving in a run with her bloop single before Molly McGuire, who went four-for-four on the night, delivered a run-scoring single and Jackie Gardner's fly ball netted another run.

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