A update from my travels before tonight's chat ...
I started with a traffic-stalled trip down clogged Route 5 to Hamburg, where Clarence had a 5-0 lead on the Bulldogs after two innings. Zach Lauricella looked quite sharp on the mound (see videos below). The Red Devils ended up with a 16-0 victory.
Then I headed up to Williamsville North for a top five softball matchup that lived up to it's billing. No. 3 North beat No. 1 Clarence, 1-0, in 11 innings.
Junior Robin Kennery clobbered a pitch well over the left fielder to score junior Ashley Fillmore from third. Fillmore started the inning at second on the international tiebreaker, which is used starting with the 10th inning.
Here's our first softball video of the year -- the 11th inning was three pitches: a ball, a stolen base and Kennery's blast.
Clarence's Jen Sansano had 12 strikeouts and allowed five hits and one walk. North's Nikki Attea struck out five, allowed three hits, had one walk and one hit batter. Kennery had three hits for North while Val Nappo had two for Clarence.
The victory splits the season series between the ECIC I rivals -- Clarence had won, 2-1, on April 27.
North had some nice defensive plays in the top of the 11th, including throwing out a runner at home after an overthrow to first. Here's the highlight in which right fielder senior Sarah Rodems backed up an overthrow to first and threw to junior catcher Ashley Fillmore for the out. Nice play on both ends.
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We're going to rewind it a little bit now. Here's action from previous innings.
Kennery had a sharp single in the bottom of the ninth -- she got hung up at first when she missed the bag. After the game she mentioned that she was glad to get the winning hit because she had felt bad about missing first.
Sansano ended the ninth by getting a flyout from Rodems after a long at-bat.
The rest is pretty self-explanatory -- after each standout pitcher ended their 10th inning with a strikeout we have video of the entire top of the 11th. It includes Rodems' play, a nice catch of a deep ball in left and very solid shortstop play from Corrin Genovese.
Here's the postgame wrap-up with Kennery and North coach Rick Bubar (if you tilt your head slightly, it's as if I held the phone straight!):
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Back to the start of the trip down in Hamburg -- here are two of Lauricella's nine K's.
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