By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix varsity softball team won one of its last three games to end the season at 5-14.
On May 13, Phoenix held off Bishop Ludden 9-8. Marcellus cruised past the Lady Firebirds 16-3 on May 14. Westhill knocked off Phoenix 11-0 in its season finale on May 15.
Phoenix and Bishop Ludden fought through four scoreless innings before Ludden scored three runs in the fifth. Then the Lady Firebirds stormed ahead during the sixth, outscoring Bishop Ludden by six runs to take a 9-6 lead.
Ludden made things interesting down the stretch, scoring two runs in the seventh pull to within one run. But Phoenix held on for the 9-8 win.
The Lady Firebirds were led by Isabello Garofalo with three hits, followed by Gabrielle Esposito with two hits and two RBIs, Shannon Dolan with a hit and three RBIs including a homerun, Skyler Mace, Megan Brown and Jada Jackowski with a hit each and Taylor Chesbro and Kimberly Holbrook each added an RBI.
On the mound, Phoenix was led by Alicia Midlar with nine strikeouts while allowing eight runs off five hits in seven innings pitched.
Against Marcellus, the Mustangs got things going after two scoreless innings, building a 6-0 lead in the third. However, Marcellus was only just beginning. They outscored the Lady Firebirds 6-1 in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 12-1 lead.
Marcellus put the finishing touches on an impressive performance during the sixth and seventh innings, outscoring Phoenix by two runs to cap off a 16-3 win.
Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds were Gabrielle Esposito, Jada Jackowski and Alicia Midlar, each with a hit. Megan Brown pitched a complete game for Phoenix with five strikeouts while allowing 16 runs off 12 hits in seven innings of work. However, 10 out of the 16 runs that Brown allowed were unearned.
Westhill had a 4-0 lead over Phoenix after two innings and didn’t stop there. The Warriors added five more runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 9-0 lead. Following a scoreless fifth inning, Westhill capped off their impressive outing, scoring two more runs during the sixth inning en route to an 11-0 win over Phoenix.
The Lady Firebirds were led by Shannon Dolan, Kimberly Holbrook and Kaitlyn Stenoski, each with a hit. On the mound, Phoenix was led by Megan Brown with two strikeouts while allowing 11 runs off eight hits in six innings pitched.