J-D’s Keeler throws no-hitter against Mexico

Red Rams still unbeaten as season hits busy stretch

All of that mid-week rain meant a rash of postponements for area softball teams, but at least it was dry enough at the start of the week – and the end of it, too.

Jamesville-DeWitt returned to action Friday afternoon and got a five-inning no-hitter from Kerri Keeler – and needed it, as the Red Rams scraped past Mexico 1-0

Keeler surrendered just one walk while striking out 10 Tiger batters. But Mexico kept the game 0-0 until the fifth, when Alyssa Robens reached base and raced home on Maggie Austin’s hit.

A day later, Keeler pitched again in a 5-2 win over Chittenango shortened to five innings by rain. Two runs in the first and fifth innings, plus a run in the fourth, proved enough as the Rams moved to 9-0, Robens and Emily Clapper each getting two hits and one RBI. Erica Siegel also drove in a run.

Before the rains, East Syracuse-Minoa split last Monday’s doubleheader with Fulton, dropping the opening game 8-2, but able to bounce back and beat the Red Raiders 6-5 in the nightcap.

In the opener, the Spartans scored twice in the bottom of the third to pull within 3-2, only to see Fulton get five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull clear. Only Danielle Ventrone managed a pair of hits as Fulton’s Keisha Pierce had a home run, triple and three RBIs.

Later, in the second game, ESM overcame 12 Fulton hits, one of them Cheyenne Laun’s home run. Alissa Daly had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Courtney Legare also drove in two runs. Michelle Burgun, taking her turn in the pitcher’s circle, struck out 10 in her complete-game effort.

Fayetteville-Manlius began its week by blanking Syracuse East 10-0, with all of the runs scored by the Hornets in the fourth and fifth innings to break a 0-0 deadlock.

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