May 07, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Determined to climb back up the OHSL Liberty division standings, the Cazenovia softball team did so with five wins in a span of six days.
Cazenovia began that effort by going to Skaneateles and earning a 10-4 victory in this latest battle of Laker teams.
Korena Fenton’s game-opening home run set the tone as Cazenovia scored three times in the first inning. And it did not let up, getting three more runs in the next two frames, plus four runs in the fourth, to build a 10-1 advantage.
Skaneateles did score three times in the fifth, but constant rain at Austin Park left the field unplayable, forcing umpires to end the game at that point. (Five innings make a game official).
Fenton and Melanie Arehart both had two RBIs, with Lindsay Easterly and Taylor Malmsheimer each scoring twice. Nicole Chiarello only gave up one walk and three hits while striking out seven in her abbreviated outing.
After the postponement of Wednesday’s game with Hannibal, the Lakers went to Marcellus on Thursday and overcame a rough start to take over in the late stages and beat the Mustangs 11-7.
A wild second inning saw Cazenovia squander a 5-1 lead and fall behind 6-5. From there, though, Chiarello settled down and, over the next five innings, gave up just one run as the Lakers used two-run rallies in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to move in front.
In particular, Fenton torched the Mustangs for four hits, including a triple and double, scoring four runs and finishing with five RBIs. Malmsheimer also drove in five runs as Emily Mastropaolo had two hits and an RBI and Chiarello managed three hits.
Looking for three in a row Friday against Christian Brothers Academy, the Lakers pulled it off, shutting out the Brothers 7-0 to improve its mark to 5-2.
Jordan Sheridan matched Chiarello’s pitching effort until the bottom of the fourth, when Cazenovia struck for three runs. The Lakers tacked on two more runs in each of the next two innings as Chiarello limited CBA to three hits while recording nine strikeouts.
Fenton and Abby Eschen each smacked three hits, with Eschen doubling, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Mastropaolo hit a home run and also earned two RBIs, with Fenton, Arehart and Stalder driving in single runs.
It all culminated Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Hannibal. In the first of two five-inning games, the Lakers won 12-0 as Meghan Kurucz got her turn to pitch and did not disappoint, keeping the Warriors off the board though she allowed six hits.
As if that wasn’t enough, Kurucz also starred at the plate, earning four RBIs. Fenton doubled twice and drive in three runs as Eschen added a pair of RBIs.
In the second game, Cazenovia prevailed 15-2. The Lakers were already up 2-0 when it notched six runs in the bottom of the second and kept on pulling further away behind Nicole White’s soild pitching effort.
Mastropaolo had two of Cazenovia’s 12 hits, including a double, and earned four RBIs. Fenton scored four times and blasted a two-run home run as she, Eschen and Malmsheimer each had two RBIs and Malmsheimer crossed the plate three times. Belle Hoagland and Haley O’Brien also drove in runs.
Cazenovia’s baseball team also prevailed against Skaneateles, using a dramatic seventh-inning comeback to earn a 10-6 victory.
Ahead 5-3 after four innings, Cazenovia gave up that lead when Skaneateles got three runs in the bottom of the fifth. So it remained until the seventh, when Cazenovia, three outs from defeat, exploded for five runs off Pat Roberts to pull it out.
Ben Langey had three hits and scored twice. Forest Blanchard and Chad Allen each had two RBIs, with Langey, Brian Gara, David McEntee and Alex Slamczynski driving in one run apiece. McEntee earned the win in relief of Darian Smith and Gara, whose four innings of work included seven strikeouts.
Just as quickly, though, the Lakers crashed Thursday in a 10-1 loss to Marcellus, surrendering all of the runs in the first three innings as McEntee struggled on the mound. Smith scored Cazenovia’s lone run in the top of the sixth.