OSWEGO, NY – It has been a tremendously busy week for Oswego sports teams, especially the softball squad, but the season continues to move toward post-season play.
Softball On a Roll
Facing one of the league’s top pitchers, the Oswego High School varsity softball team swept a doubleheader by scores of 1-0 and 4-1 against Fayetteville-Manlius to extend its winning streak to 10 games. The Lady Bucs are now 5-1 in the CNYCL and 10-2 overall.
The first game, a continuation of a rain-suspended league contest from May 2, the Bucs managed only two hits off of FM ace Amy Bright, but pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off victory. Emily Kolenda singled sharply and advanced to second when the ball got by the right fielder for an error. She advanced to third on a wild pitch.
After two strikeouts, Mary Montagnola fouled off three 1-2 pitches before hitting a hard ground ball to second base. The ball was misplayed, allowing her to reach first as Kolenda crossed the plate with the winning run.
The Bucs’ other hit was a fourth inning single off the bat of Allie Yule.
Kolenda picked up the win, scattering only three hits while striking out eight.
In the nightcap, Oswego plated a pair of run in both the fourth and the fifth innings. After a Kaitlin Friel single, Ashlee Wapen reached on a fielder’s choice. She stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Montagnola’s RBI single. Maas then brought Montagnola home on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze.
Erika Lazzaro began the fifth inning rally by drawing a walk and stealing second. She came around to score on an Allie Yule single. The play at the plate left Lazzaro with a bloodied split lip, but she was able to continue play. Yule scored on a long sacrifice fly by Devynn Wilder to make it 4-1.
Kolenda again scattered three hits in picking up the victory in the circle.
The busiest week of the season concluded for the Lady Bucs with a Thursday trip to West Genesee. The team’s fifth game of the week is a league contest against the Wildcats and it was to be followed by a continuation of a rain-suspended game from last month.
The Bucs carry a 5-1 league record and 10-2 overall mark into the West Genny games.
Oswego returns home twice next week. They host the Red Hawks of Central Square on Monday at 5 p.m. and Auburn on Thursday for Senior Night.
The Oswego High School varsity softball team continued its winning ways with a lopsided win against Corcoran on Monday.
Emily Kolenda and Ashlee Wapen combined on a no-hitter. The only Cougar base runners reached on a walk and a pair of infield errors.
Leading the 18-hit effort for the Bucs was Kolenda with three. Allie Yule, Erika Lazzaro, Sarah Mancuso, Mary Montagnola and Devynn Wilder all added two hits. Chrissy Abare, MacKenzie King, Kaitlin Friel, Cortnie Purce, and Wapen had one apiece.
Lax Defense and Goalie Tough
Oswego boys wound down the regular season with a 5-1 loss on senior night to Rome Free Academy.
Coach Doc Nelson said, “It was a good defensive effort the entire length of the field. I can’t complain about holding a lacrosse team to five goals.”
However, Oswego’s offensive efforts have waned in recent games as the Bucs were only able to get a goal from Jeremy Purce with Matt Lloyd chalking up the perfect pass assist.
Oswego trailed 3-0 in the first, but the teams each scored in the second.
In the net Trent Yule made 14 saves, several of the spectacular variety, to keep the Bucs in contention.
For the seniors Buddy Wilson, Colin Joyce, Matt Lloyd and Andrew DiVita it was their final regular season home appearance.
Oswego will next play in the Section III Class B Tournament that gets under way next week.
The Bucs finished the regular season 8-8 and Rome left Wilber Field with an 8-5 record.
Oswego and Liverpool got caught up in a good tennis match with the Bucs losing 4-3.
The Bucs captured the singles, but the opposition took the doubles to account for the win.
In singles action Matt Randall won 6-2, 6-1 over Jason Lam, Austin DeMott won 6-1, 6-0 over Andrew Nguyen and Michael Hart captured the other singles match over Stephen Schneider 6-3, 6-4.
In doubles action Sean O’Connor and Ryan Patrick lost 6-2, 6-2 to Joe Corcoran and Luke Donigan while Tim Hanisch and Dylan Lavner lost 6-4, 6-0 to Chris Brais and Sean martens. Steven Scott and Stefan Mazuroski fell to Anthony Taormina and Bogdan Grynyk 6-0, 6-1 and Kyle McCauley and Alex Kemper lost 6-1, 6-1 to Michael Schneider and Karl Miller.
Lady Buc Runners Host
The Oswego girls’ track team, closed out the home portion of its CNYCL dual meet season Wednesday, losing to the strong undefeated Lady Hornets of Fayetteville- Manlius, by the score of 102-39.
Junior Whitney Ford won the triple jump for the Lady Bucs (28′ 10 1/2″). She also finished second in the long jump and the 100 meter dash, with a season best time of 13.1 and ran an outstanding personal best time of 27.1 in the 200 meter dash, to place third place.
Rebecca Fidler placed second in the high jump for Oswego.
Thirds included Alyssa Suits in the shot put and discus and Katrina Tafler in the triple jump, with a personal best.
Other personal bests for the rapidly improving Lady Bucs included McKenzie Demong, Deondra Smith and Becky Fidler in the 100 and 200 meter dash, Caylin Ward in the 100 and 400 meter dash, Nikole Bonacorsi in the 1500 meter run, Catherine Wells in the 800 meter run, Ciara Bezio in the discus and Katrina Tafler in the long jump.
The Lady Bucs returned to action Thursday afternoon, traveling to Fulton, for the Fulton Girls’ Track and Field Invitational, scheduled to get under way at 4:30 p.m.
Keefe Wins Four Events
The Oswego varsity boys’ track team lost to visiting Fayetteville-Manlius 87-50 on Wednesday.
Although the Bucs outscored F-M in the field events 35-15, the Hornets ran away with the track events.
Cory Keefe had another outstanding day for Oswego.
He won four events to remain undefeated.
Keefe tied the Erwin “Jeep” Dewey Track record in the 100-meter dash with his season-best time of 10.8, just one-tenth of a second off the school record.
Keefe also won the 200-meter dash with an excellent personal-best time of 22.8, and took the 110-meter high hurdles by a huge margin with his time of 15.1. All three of those times are among the best in Section III.
His fourth first-place finish was in the high jump.
Mike Ruggio had his best throw ever as he won the shot put (46’ 6.5”), which qualifies him for the Section III Championships. He also won the discus (115’ 2”).
Participating in the event for the first time, Devlin Babcock won the triple jump. Alejandro Lara notched his first victory in the pole vault.
Steve LiVoti placed second in the shot put and discus as he continues to have a nice season.
Matt Bivens had his best jump of the season to place second in the long jump (16’ 10”).
Garrett Skinner had his best effort in the triple jump to place third.
Pat Baer and Jim Dillon turned in season-best times in the 1,600 meters.
Colin Morgan ran well in his three distance races, but ran into one of Section III’s top distance teams and placed fourth in all his events.
Jayvee Girls’ Jayvee Lax Win
The Oswego girls’ jayvee lacrosse team defeated Rome at Rome on Tuesday 17-6.
The Bucs scored early and often, taking a commanding 15 – 1 lead into the halftime break.
Draw control and efficient transition passing were keys to the early dominance of the game.
Substituting liberally in the second half, Oswego worked on running its offense and set plays as opposed to trying to embarrass their opponent by running up the score.
Pacing the balanced Oswego attack was Hannah Fitzgerald with four goals and one assist. Also scoring for the Bucs were Sydney Knight with three goals and one assist, Mallory Gordon two goals and one assist, Morgan Cook two goals, Jodi Kester one goal and two assists, Catie Geroux and Alexis Dingman with a goal and an assist each, Madisyn Whelan, Brooke Broadwell and Kara Collins with a goal each.
Goalie Kerrigan Cummins had five first-half saves, while goalie Mikayla Allen had six second-half saves.
Modified Girls’ Softball
Hannah Gorman threw a three-hitter and walked only three batters to get the 20-5 win for Oswego.
She struck out five batters.
The Lady Bucs took advantage of 25 walks and smart base running.
Getting hits for the Bucs were Julie Pilot with a double, Sage Dudley and Julie Pilot both with singles, Hannah Gorman and Alecia Ascenzi reached on a fielder’s choice which scored a run each.
The Lady BUCS played a solid defense to get the win.