East Syracuse – The 2nd seeded Whitesboro Warriors softball team got their bats going in the 7th inning of today’s Section III, Class A Championship game, but it was too little, too late as top seeded Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams took home their 3rd consecutive sectional title by a score of 3-2.
J-D got out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Andrea Sumida ripped the very first offering from Whitesboro pitcher Caitlyn Reilly down the 1st base line for a stand up triple and later came around to score on an infield error, with 2 outs.
From there, Amanda Sumida took over in the pitching circle for J-D, keeping the Warriors offense in check for the 6 strong innings, striking out 12 and walking just 1 during that span.
Despite Amanda Sumida’s outstanding pitching, Whitesboro did have plenty of opportunities to score early, but failed to plate a run. The Warriors left 6 runners stranded in the first 5 innings of play, 4 of which were in scoring position. Whitesboro also fell victim to a couple of inexplicable calls by the homeplate umpire, including a batter’s interference call and the lack of a fielder’s interference call at third base, both of which negated Whitesboro runs.
Finally, in the 7th inning, Whitesboro got a couple of hits and a couple of breaks on infield hits that got the wheels turning and the hopes of the huge travelling Warrior fan base fired up.
Caitlin Reilly started things off in the top of the 7th with her second hit of the ball game, followed by Chloe Weller who reached on a fielder’s choice, forcing Reilly out at 2nd. Sarah Hovey then singled to put two runners on with out. After a strikeout and a passed ball, Jennifer Sciortino and Madison Cieslak had consecutive RBI singles to pull Whitesboro within 3-2 before Sumida got Hannah Horan to groundout to 3rd base to end the contest.
Whitesboro finished the day with 11 hits to J-D’s 6, but the Rams played error free ball in the field, as opposed to 2 miscues by Whitesboro, which finished a tremendous season at (16-4).
Reilly finished a strong pitching performance for Whitesboro, working 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, striking out 4 and not walking a batter.
Amanda Sumida went all 7 for J-D, striking out 12, walking 1 and allowing 11 hits to earn her 11th win of the season for J-D (17-4).
Madison Cieslak, Reilly and Sierra Crouch each had two hits for Whitesboro in the loss.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Whitesboro 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 11 2
J-D 1 0 2 0 0 0 x 3 6 0
WP – Amanda Sumida
LP – Reilly
3B – Andrea Sumida