Cicero-North Syracuseâ€™s Sydney Oâ€™Hara drove home Brittany Paul with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning as perennial softball power Cicero North Syracuse edged Oswego High School 2-1 in CNYCL action here on Tuesday.
In a well-played game that was scoreless through five innings, the Lady Bucs got on the board first. Michele Canale reached on an error and was sacrificed into scoring position by her sister Marissa. She stole third and scored on an RBI single by Devynn Wilder, giving the Lady Bucs a 1-0 lead.
The Bucs stayed close to the Northstars with solid defensive play, according to Coach Mike McCrobie. â€œOur infield played very well against the high-pressure slap-hitting offense that CNS employs. Their play, along with an unbelievable diving catch in centerfield by Morgan Lavner, gave us a chance to win,â€ he said.
All runs scored were found in the sixth inning and CNS responded to Oswegoâ€™s run with two of their own. It was all they would need as Sydney Oâ€™Hara and Sarah Salamone were dominant on the mound. Oâ€™Hara saw four inning of work, striking out six and allowing no runs. Salamone was also solid, pitching three innings with four strikeouts and allowing one earned run.
Pitcher Laura Miceli took the loss for Bucs, scattering six hits. Miceli posted a 2.33 ERA with two strikeouts and no walks.
McCrobie added that the team plans to use the last three games to build on. â€œThree tight, one-run games against the likes of CNS, Bâ€™Ville, and Liverpool will only help us down the road,â€ McCrobie said. â€œWeâ€™ve identified several things that we need to work on, and plan to get to work during our practices and scrimmages on the spring trip.â€
The Lady Bucs are now 2-2 on the season, 1-0 in the league. They will compete for the next six days at the ESPN Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
The next home contest will be a league game on Monday, April 26 against Baldwinsville.