MARCY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Whitesboro softball team got clutch offense and clutch pitching when it needed it most on Monday, holding off East-Syracuse Minoa 5-3 in a Section III, Class A quarterfinal at SUNYIT.
After playing to 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3 ties, Whitesboro's Lauren Dudziak hit a one-out, two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the No. 2-seeded Lady Warriors up 5-3. East Syracuse-Minoa, the No. 7 seed, put runners on first and third with no outs in the top of the seventh on a single and an error, but starting pitcher Jaymie Rosati retired the next three batters on a popout, flyout and her eighth strikeout to end the game.
Whitesboro, now 14-7, will play No. 3 Phoenix (15-6) in the semifinals Wednesday at the Hopkins complex in Liverpool at 7:00. The Lady Spartans end the season 13-11.
East Syracuse-Minoa opened the scoring in the first inning with an RBI double by Chelsea Casciano. Whitesboro tied it in the bottom of the inning when Rosati singled and the center fielder misplayed the pickup for an error, allowing Dudziak to score.
Whitesboro went ahead 2-1 in the third on another hit-then-error play. Jenelle Mazurowski hit a swinging bunt for an infield single, then the first baseman threw the ball away trying to get Sarah Beck going from second to third, allowing her to score.
The Lady Spartans tied the game in the fifth on an RBI single by Casciano, the Lady Warriors re-took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Mallory Martino, then ES-M re-tied it in the top of the sixth on a run-scoring wild pitch by Rosati.