Double-error dooms Oneida softball in state quarterfinals
By BRIAN SANDLER
CICERO, N.Y. (WKTV) - In a game in which both starting pitchers threw complete games and neither gave up an earned run, a late run-scoring double-error by Oneida proved to be the difference as Franklin Academy from Malone in Section X ended the Lady Indians' season with a 2-0 win in the state Class A quarterfinals Wednesday at Cicero's Gillette Road complex.
With Oneida's Beth Kann and Franklin Academy's Ashley Marshall matching shutouts through five innings, the Lady Huskies finally broke the ice in the sixth thanks to a double-defensive lapse. After Britt Marshall led off with a single, Emily Sharlow bunted to move her to second. Kann threw the ball away at first to send the runners to second and third, then right fielder Jamie Delgenio threw the ball away at third, allowing Marshall to score. Franklin Academy then loaded the bases with one out on two bunt singles and Kann hit Sarah Lamica to force in the second run.
Franklin Academy, now 20-1 and ranked No. 9 in the state in Class A, advances to the final four this Saturday at Waterloo. Oneida, ranked No. 7 this week, ends the season 20-5. The Lady Indians have never made it to the final four.
Ashley Marshall allowed just two hits and no walks and struck out 10, raising her season total to 201 in 104 innings and improving her record to 15-1. Kann allowed five hits (three were infield singles) and no walks and struck out nine, finishing with 222 strikeouts and 27 walks this season in 123 innings and an 18-2 record. Overall, Franklin Academy's offense got just four balls out of the infield and Oneida's got three.