By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix varsity softball team won 3 out of its last 6 games and now has a 3-7 overall record.
The Lady Firebirds cruised past Hannibal in both games of an April 17 doubleheader. Weedsport knocked off Phoenix, 7-0 April 21. On April 22, the Lady Firebirds held off Skaneateles, 10-8.
Jordan-Elbridge topped Phoenix, 13-7 in Game 1 of an April 26 tournament. In Game 2, county foe Mexico tripped up the Lady Firebirds, 8-3.
In the first Hannibal game, the Lady Firebirds jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning and the pulled ahead in the second inning, scoring 15 unanswered run en route to a 16-0 win.
The Lady Firebirds rolled past Hannibal in Game 2, 25-2.
Hannibal was led by Malana Scott with a hit against Phoenix. Kurstin Hammond led the Lady Warriors on the mound, allowing 16 runs off 8 hits in 2 innings of work.
Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds were Megan Brown and Cheyenne Wilson with 2 hits and 2 RBI each, followed by Skyler Mace with 2 hits and an RBI and Alicia Midlar and Jada Jackowski with a hit and RBI each. On the mound, the Lady Firebirds were led by Megan Brown, who had 7 strikeouts and allowed 1 hit in 3 innings of play.
In the Weedsport game, Weedsport jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a scoreless second inning, Weedsport scored during the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.
The score remained the same until the sixth inning, when Weedsport scored 5 runs to cap off a 7-0 win.
The Lady Firebirds were led by Megan Brown and Jada Jackowski with a hit each. Cheyenne Wilson pitched 3 innings, striking out 2 while allowing 2 runs off 4 hits. In relief, Megan Brown threw 5 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs in 3 innings of work.
The Lady Firebirds took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning against Skaneateles. After Skaneateles stormed ahead, Phoenix scored to cut the lead to 4-2 during the bottom of the third inning. Skaneateles maintained a 2-run lead after both teams scored 3 runs each during the fourth inning.
The Lady Firebirds pulled ahead during the fifth inning, scoring 3 runs to take a 9-7 lead over Skaneateles. Both teams scored a run each during the sixth inning but Skaneateles was unable to get any closer as Phoenix escaped with a 10-8 win.
Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Megan Brown with 3 hits and an RBI. Following Brown was Jada Jackowski with 2 hits and an RBI, Cheyenne Wilson had 3 hits, Shannon Dolan chipped in 2 hits and Taylor Chesbro, Gabrielle Esposito and Skyler Mace combined for 2 hits and an RBI.
Megan Brown pitched a complete game for the Lady Firebirds, throwing 17 strikeouts while allowing 8 runs (4 earned) off 2 hits.
In the Jordan-Elbridge game, the teams were scoreless after the first inning. The the Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second.
After a scoreless third inning, Phoenix answered back, outscoring J-E 4-1 during the fourth inning to cut the lead to 5-4. The Lady Firebirds went on to tie the game at 5 during the fifth inning.
Then J-E put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, outscoring Phoenix 8-1 to take a 13-6 lead. Phoenix was able to score once more during the seventh inning but that was as close as they could get as J-E won 13-7.
The Lady Firebirds were led by Shannon Dolan with 2 hits and 2 RBI, followed by Megan Brown with 2 hits and an RBI, Skyler Mace with a hit and an RBI, Isabella Garofalo with 2 hits and Alicia Midlar and Kimberly Holbrook with 1 hit each.
On the mound, Phoenix was led by Cheyenne Wilson who threw 7 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched, while allowing 9 runs (4 earned) off 9 hits.
Megan Brown pitched in relief of Wilson with 2 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs (3 earned) off 1 hit in 1 2/3 innings of work.
In the Mexico game, the Lady Tigers took a 2-0 lead over Phoenix in the second inning. Following a scoreless third inning, Mexico added to its lead in the fourth, scoring 3 more runs to take a 5-0 lead.
Phoenix cut into Mexico’s lead during the fifth, outscoring Mexico 2-1 to cut the lead to 6-2. But Mexico put the game away down the stretch, outscoring Phoenix 2-1 during the sixth to come away with a 8-3 win.
Leading the way for Mexico was Kendra Harter with 2 hit, followed by Victoria Lee, Brooke Wills and Brianne Jessmore with a hit each. Kennedy Lamb pitched a complete game for Mexico with 3 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs off 3 hits.
Phoenix was led by Jada Jackowski with a hit and an RBI, followed by Megan Brown, Taylor Chesbro, Skyler Mace and Alicia Midlar with a hit each. On the mound, Megan Brown pitched a complete game, throwing 10 strikeouts while allowing 8 runs off 5 hits.
Phoenix began its season 0-4, with losses to Solvay 19-0, Westhill 20-9, Bishop Ludden 8-4 and Skaneateles 5-1.
In the Solvay game, Solvay jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and then kept piling it on for the 19-0 win. Kimberly Holbrook, Garbrielle Esposito and Megan Brown led Phoenix with a hit each. Megan Brown and Cheyenne Wilson pitched.
Westhill already was leading by 11-0 in the third inning in its game against Phoenix. The Lady Firebirds began to battle back in the fifth and sixth innings, but could not overcome Westhill.
Leading Phoenix were Jada Jackowski, Cheyenne Wilson and Skyler Mace. Wilson also pitched.
The Lady Firebirds built an early lead over Ludden, but then Ludden scored 8 unanswered runs and Phoenix couldn’t overcome the lead. Taylor Chesbro, Skyler Mace, Shannon Dolan, Kimberly Holbrook and Jada Jackowski led the Lady Firebirds while Megan Brown threw a complete game.
Against Skaneateles, the Lakers led after four innings and didn’t look back. Megan Brown had the lone hit against the Lakers and she also pitched a complete game, with 17 strikeouts.