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CNS softball rallies to edge Liverpool for Class AA sectional title
5/29/2018 5:41 AM

Once the Cicero-North Syracuse bats started to make noise Monday, they didn't quiet down until the Northstars had earned yet another sectional softball title.  C-NS ripped off all of its runs from the fourth inning on to edge Liverpool 6-5 in the Section III Class AA title game at Carrier Park.  Northstars starting pitcher Ariana Corasaniti drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning to push in the winning run. Ally Cifaratta had three hits on the day for C-NS, while Jordyn Maldonado and Brooke Nicolaos each drove in two runs.  "The biggest thing when you're in the box in a game like this is just to be positive, know you can do it, and do what you've got to do,'' Nicolaos said.  Defending champion C-NS (18-5) advances to take on the Section II winner in the first round of the states.  It was a back-and-forth game in which the Warriors held leads of 1-0 and 3-1 before C-NS surged ahead 5-3. The Warriors then tied the game 5-5 heading into the seventh.  With the score tied at 5-5, Cicero-North Syracuse's Julianna Vassallo started the winning rally by singling off Liverpool pitcher Jenna Wike. Cifaratta then singled her to second, and Nicolaos was plunked by a pitch to load the bases. Corasaniti then drew the bases on ball to plate Vassallo.  "We were all hitting right from the start,'' Cifaratta said. "Unfortunately, they were kind of going to people. But I think once we kind of kept our momentum going, we all started to really get hype and really have each other's backs and start hitting to the gaps. Once we started getting those runs in, we were all hype. We were all so happy for each other. It was great.''  Reliever Lindsey Richards came on to pitch a 1-2-3 seventh inning for the Northstars to lock down the win.  "We knew we had to bring Lindsey in some time because they have some good hitters. So we just wanted to keep everybody off-balance,'' said Northstars coach Mary Beebe.  "I kind of had to just clear my mind and just throw my game because I owe it to my team and myself,'' Richards said of the pressure of the moment. "I would say I was a little nervous but I tried to push my nerves aside and just do what I know how.''  The Warriors had fought back to knot the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sophia Harris drove in one run with a single and Makayla Sweeting brought in another on a fielder choice.  That countered a pair of runs put up by the Northstars in the top of the frame. Cifaratta led off with a single and Nicolaos cranked a deep homer to center for a 5-3 C-NS cushion.  "It was amazing,'' Nicolaos said. "Right when it came off the bat I knew it was going to be a shot. I didn't know it was going to go over, and it did."

 

 


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