Cicero 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.