C-NS softball handles F-M as rain forces teams to play on makeshift turf field
5/7/2019 9:28 AM
The Fayetteville-Manlius High School turf stadium typically plays host to sports like football, lacrosse, and soccer. Thanks to some Mother Nature leftovers, a softball game between Cicero-North Syracuse and the Hornets went down Monday, a contest in which the Northstars came away with a 16-0 victory in five innings.  Heavy rain on Sunday night led to unplayable field conditions on F-M’s normal softball field, prompting the relocation. Among the intricacies to the makeshift diamond were an extended netting that went up both the first and third baselines in foul territory, a lack of dugouts, and double bases being used as bags in the infield.

During the pregame ground rules session, the umpires and both head coaches agreed on a rule where if a batted ball got past an outfielder and rolled all the way to the bleachers, the call would be a ground-rule triple.

“We practice and we scrimmage on the turf. We go out to our football stadium any time we can’t get on our field. We’re used to turf,” C-NS coach Mary Beebe said, noting that the team also played on turf in games in Tennessee earlier in the year. “Our girls prepare and adjust and we’re proud of them.”

Senior catcher Brandi Feeney had another big day at the plate in the win, smashing a pair of triples while scoring three runs and driving in three as well. Beebe estimated that one or both of Feeney’s blasts would have been home runs on normal fields.

While the coach credited her team’s preparedness, she added that the base paths were something new to her.

“I’ve never seen the bases nailed down, tethered down like that. It was interesting in that respect," Beebe said.

Alayna Harbaugh posted three hits, three runs, and three RBI in the blowout, while Brooke Nicolaos collected four RBI and Ariana Corasaniti had a trio hits and pitched a one-hit shutout.

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