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Area softball teams near post-season push

Witkowski wields hot bat; Solvay scores 40 against Hannibal

Marcellus softball standout Meghan Witkowski hits a solo home run in Monday’s game against Westhill, the 99th hit of her high school career, which helped the Mustangs shut out the Warriors 5-0. A day later, Witkowski hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had eight RBIs in an 18-2 romp over Skaneateles.

Marcellus softball standout Meghan Witkowski hits a solo home run in Monday’s game against Westhill, the 99th hit of her high school career, which helped the Mustangs shut out the Warriors 5-0. A day later, Witkowski hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had eight RBIs in an 18-2 romp over Skaneateles. Frank Witkowski

Important games remained for some of the area’s high school softball teams before the Section III playoffs could get underway – and it led to some spectacular individual and team performances.

That included Marcellus facing Westhill last Monday afternoon, and the two neighbors battled all afternoon before the Mustangs prevailed, 5-0, over the Warriors.

As she had done throughout the late portion of the regular season, Marcellus ace Molly MacLachlan pitched well, limiting Westhill to six hits and overcoming Melissa Newcomb’s triple and Katie Lobello’s double to maintain the shutout thanks to error-free defense.

For its part, the Mustangs got nine hits off Warrior pitcher Nina Scramale, scoring twice in the second inning and adding single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames.

Rylie Spicer had three of those hits, earning an RBI, while Meghan Witkowski hit a solo home run and scored twice. Jennie Delia added an RBI.

Witkowski was just getting warmed up, though, for she delivered a prime performance at the plate a day later as the Mustangs rolled past rival Skaneateles 18-2.

Working her way past 100 career hits by going four-for-four, Witkowski hit a three-run home run and would also smash a grand slam, eventually earning a career-best eight RBIs.

And while that was going on, Solvay, heading toward the top seed in the Class B sectional tournament, unloaded in a way it never had done before against Hannibal, beating the Warriors by an astonishing 40-0 margin.

The carnage included eight runs in the first inning, 12 runs in the second inning and 13 runs in the sixth, the Bearcats picking up 32 hits and capitalizing on eight Hannibal errors.

Kiersten DiBello produced six hits, scored six runs and earned four RBIs, while Chelsie Delperuto’s triple and two doubles led to seven RBIs. Sydney Cimini doubled twice, tripled and drove in five runs as Molly McGuire and Jordan Micheletti had three RBIs apiece.

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