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J-D, ESM softball taken out in Class A semis

Red Rams upended by late New Hartford comeback

— Then, in the top of the sixth, Acquaviva reached base, and Del Genio stepped to the plate. Timing an inside fastball just right, Del Genio crushed it over the left-field fence, and just like that, the Spartans had a 2-1 lead.

Stunned by this, Keeler gave up another run on Stephanie Smith’s single, and now it was J-D in catch-up mode. In the bottom of the seventh, the Rams put the tying runs on base, but fell victim to another double play that ended the game – and J-D’s season.

ESM’s exit was a bit less dramatic, but just as disappointing, as it could not follow the no-hitter that pitcher Danielle Ventrone threw in the Spartans’ Class quarterfinal win over Mexico on May 24, victimized by timely hits by Oneida’s Danielle Skibitski.

In the bottom of the first, it was Skibitski’s single that scored the Indians’ first run. Ventrone escaped further damaged and did not allow a run through the fourth inning, but it remained 1-0 as ESM got two runners on base in the fourth and fifth innings, but could not produce a run on either occasion.

With two on and two out in the bottom of the fifth, Chesebro hit a sinking line drive into center, and both runners scored, the Indians little realizing how valuable those runs would end up.

That’s because, in the top of the sixth, Brittany Evans tagged Chesebro for a solo home run. From there, though, the Indians shut the door, overcoming a Spartans hit in the seventh as Chesebro recorded the final out and sent Oneida to Monday’s sectional final against New Hartford.

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