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Fulton varsity baseball team seeks first win of the season

200443244-001by Rob Tetro

With just seven games remaining, the Fulton varsity baseball team is still seeking its first win of the season.

Fulton was unable to secure its first win of the season in recent games against Jamesville-DeWitt (twice), Mexico and Central Square.

Jamesville-DeWitt got off to a solid start while cruising to a convincing win April 22.

Fulton had similar luck against Mexico April 23. Mexico scored eight runs in the game’s first two innings en route to the win.

In the Red Raiders’ rematch with Jamesville-DeWitt April 25, the date may have been different but the outcome was still the same.

Fulton proved to be competitive against Central Square April 27. The Red Raiders struggled to find the offense that was needed as Central Square came away with the win.

Jamesville-DeWitt did all of its scoring against Fulton during the games first three innings. As it turned out, that would be all of the scoring that was needed. After two innings, Jamesville-Dewitt built a 7-0 advantage. Jamesville-DeWitt scored four more runs during the bottom of the third inning, which capped off an 11-0 win over Fulton.

The Red Raiders were led by Chris Jones, who had a hit against Jamesville-Dewitt.

Michael Bolster started the game on the mound for Fulton. Bolster struck out one while allowing seven runs on seven hits in two innings.

Jake Crucitti relieved Bolster. Crucitti finished with four strikeouts while allowing four runs on eight hits in four innings of action.

Mexico got off to an impressive start when the Tigers took on the Red Raiders.

By the end of the third inning, Mexico jumped out to a 9-0 lead over Fulton.

Fulton scored three run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 9-3. Mexico another run during the top of the sixth inning to come away with a 10-3 win.

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Fulton softball team wins two of three games

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team recently won games against Oswego and Mexico but lost to Jamesville-DeWitt.

Jamesville-DeWitt scored eight runs during the third and fourth innings of its April 18th game en route to handing Fulton its only loss of the season.

The Lady Raiders responded by doubling up on Oswego. Fulton scored 14 runs during the fourth inning of its April 20th game against Oswego while cruising to a win.

April 23, the Lady Raiders scored five unanswered runs in extra innings to come away with a win against Mexico.

After two scoreless innings, Jamesville-Dewitt scored eight unanswered runs during the third and fourth innings. Jamesville-DeWitt scored another run during the top of the sixth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Jamesville-Dewitt outscored the Lady Raiders during by two runs during the seventh inning to cap off a 12-1 win.

Fulton was led by Cheyenne Laun and Keisha Pierce. They both had two hits. Courtney Parker chipped in with a hit for the Lady Raiders.

Two players saw time on the mound for Fulton. In four innings of work, Cheyenne Laun finished with three strikeouts while allowing eight runs on eight hits.

In relief of Laun, Ashley Cummins struck out one while giving up four runs on five hits in three innings of action.

The Lady Raiders rebounded by topping Oswego in a high-scoring game.

Early on, it didn’t look so good for Fulton. After three innings of play, Oswego had a 7-3 lead over the Lady Raiders.

Fulton turned the tide on Oswego during the fourth inning. Not only did the Lady Raiders rally back but they dealt Oswego a very strong blow.

The Lady Raiders scored 13 runs in the inning to take a nine-run lead at 17-8. Fulton rolled to a 26-13 win.

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Hannibal softball team showing signs of improvement in recent games

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity softball team is still seeking its first win of the season.

After eight games, Hannibal has seen its fair share of lop-sided losses. In some of their recent games, however, the Lady Warriors have shown signs of improvement.

Phoenix needed a couple of late runs to come away with a win over Hannibal while Skaneateles prevailed after holding off The Lady Warriors.

Westhill scored 13 runs during the fourth and fifth innings of its April 9 game against Hannibal to pull away for the win.

After a scoreless first inning, Westhill jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Lady Warriors during the bottom of the second inning. Even though Hannibal got onto the scoreboard during the fourth and fifth innings, Westhill put the game out of reach. Westhill outscored The Lady Warriors 13-3 during the fourth and fifth innings to cap off an 18-3 win.

Hannibal was led by Hailey Dunsmoor and Tiffany Cook. They each had four hits against Westhill.

Adrienne Shortslef, Kaylee Esposito, Samantha Familio and Malana Scott each added a hit.

After a 10-0 loss to Jordan-Elbridge April 15, Hannibal took on Cazenovia April 17. During the first three innings of the game, Cazenovia scored 22 runs. After each team scored a run during the fourth inning, Cazenovia led 23-1. They added another run during the top of the sixth inning come away with a 24-1 win over Hannibal.

Leading the way for Hannibal were Alexis Stephens, who had two hits and an RBI, and Esposito, who had two hits. Ashley Thompson chipped in a hit for Hannibal.

In a losing effort, Adrienne Shortslef pitched a complete game for the Lady Warriors.

Hannibal began showing signs of life when it took on Phoenix April 22.

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Fulton girls lacrosse splits games

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity lacrosse team recently lost to Jamesville-DeWitt but rebounded with a win against Oswego.

Jamesville-DeWitt got it done during the second half to come away with a win over Fulton April 18.

The Lady Raiders had better luck against Oswego April 20. This time around, Fulton was more efficient during the second half as it escaped with a hard fought win.

The Lady Raiders’ first half effort against Jamesville-DeWitt was as competitive as they come. Fulton outscored Jamesville-DeWitt by just a goal as it took a 7-6 lead into halftime. Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, Jamesville-DeWitt took over during the second half. While holding Fulton to only three goals, Jamesville-Dewitt stormed ahead to come away with the 14-10 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Amelia Coakley, who scored four goals. Following Coakley was Kate Rothrock with three goals.

Erica Knaub chipped in a goal and three assists while Julia Ludington and Cassie Orr added a goal each for Fulton.

Keeper Kayla Pafami saved four shots on goal.

The Lady Raiders saw a more favorable outcome when they took on Oswego. Like its previous game, Fulton was involved in a first half slugfest. After a competitive first half, Oswego outscored the Lady Raiders by only a goal as it took a 5-4 lead into halftime. However, unlike its previous game, Fulton got it done during the second half. The Lady Raiders outscored Oswego by two goals to escape with the 10-9 win.

Leading the way for Oswego was Kelly Chetney, who scored three goals against Fulton.

Following Chetney were Breanna Sherman with two goals and an assist and Alexa Healy with two goals.

Sydney Knight, Sarah Stobener and Alison McPherson combined to chip in a goal and four assists for Oswego.

Keeper Kerrigan Cummins saved five shots on goal.

Knaub led Fulton with four goals and one assist.

Coakley and Michaela Whiteman finished with two goals each. Kate Rothrock, Julia Ludington and Alise Tallents combined to chip in two goals and an assist for the Lady Raiders.

Pafami saved five shots on goal for Fulton.

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Phoenix boys varsity track and field sets two school records

by Rob Tetro

The 10th annual Cicero-North Syracuse co-ed relay meet was recently the site of a record setting day for the Phoenix Boys Varsity Track And Field Team.

Phoenix finished seventh out of 20 schools overall. Two new school records were set in both the 400 Meter Hurdles Relay and Discus Throw relay events.

With earning finishes of third and tenth place respectively, Justin Rhodes and Dylan Switzer set a new school record for the 400 Meter Hurdles Relay Event with a combined time of 2:06.20.

Two Mexico athletes also took place in this event. Jacob Zedack earned a 23rd place finish with a time of 1:10.81. Austin Clark came in 29th place with a time of 1:18.66.

The Firebirds also came away from the meet with a new school record for the Discus Throw Relay Event. While coming away with first and 20th place finishes respectively, Jason Czyz and Bryce Ferris set a new school record with a combined distance of 214’-10”.

Other local athletes taking part in this event were Mexico’s Cameron Prior who came in 15th place with a distance of 98’-08”. Prior’s teammate, Thomas Ladd came in 17th place with a distance of 97’-00”.

Fulton’s Pat Fink and Brandon Ladd came in 24th and 32nd place with distances of 88’-11” and 75’-09”.

Phoenix baseball wins first three games of the season

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix Varsity Baseball Team began the season with three straight wins.

On April 8, Phoenix scored seven runs during the first three innings of their game against Chittenango en route to an impressive win. The Firebirds followed up with their win by holding off Westhill in a pitchers duel on April 17.

On April 19, Phoenix scored four runs during the seventh inning to pull away against Jordan-Elbridge.

The Firebirds got off to a solid start and didn’t look back when they took on Chittenango. After the first three innings, Phoenix had built a 7-0 lead. The Firebirds capped off their 12-0 win by scoring fivemore runs during the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.

Phoenix was led by Nate Dietz. Dietz had three hits and an RBI against Chittenango. Following Dietz was Adam Thoryk with two hits and two RBI’s. Justin Suttliffe had two hits and an RBI. Remi Lynch, Bryce Plante and Emilio Tassone chipped in with a hit and two RBI’s each. Corey Bowman added three hits for the Firebirds.

On the mound, Emilio Tassone earned the win for Phoenix. Tassone struck out ten Chittenango batters while only giving up three hits in five innings of work. In relief of Tassone, Bowman threw two strikeouts in two innings of play.

The Firebirds faced a stiffer challenge when they took on Westhill. Once again, Phoenix got off to a decent start. They scored three runs during the first two and a half innings of the game.

However, Westhill scored to cut the Firebirds lead down to two runs at 3-1 during the bottom of the third inning. Westhill inched closer later in the game.

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Fulton baseball falls to East Syracuse-Minoa, Oswego

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball teams struggles continued in games against East Syracuse-Minoa and Oswego last week.

On April 18 East Syracuse-Minoa scored five runs in the first two innings of the game to set the foundation for an impressive win. Things didn’t get easier for Fulton when they played Oswego April 20.  Oswego scored 12 runs during the fourth and fifth innings en route to a dominating win over the Red Raiders.

By the end of the second inning of their game against Fulton, East Syracuse-Minoa had jumped out to a 5-0 lead. East Syracuse-Minoa scored three more runs during the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to cap off an 8-0 win.

The Red Raiders were led by Jon Cummins. Cummins had two hits against East Syracuse-Minoa. Michael Bolster added a hit for Fulton.

Peter Ravesi led the raiders on the mound. In five innings of work, Ravesi struck out five East Syracuse-Minoa batters while giving up eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits. In relief of Ravesi, Adam Briggs threw two strikeouts in an inning of work.

Unfortunately for Fulton, the outcome proved to be similar when they took on Oswego. After a scoreless first inning, Oswego jumped out to a 3-0 lead during the second and third innings. Oswego conceivably put the game out of reach during the fourth and fifth innings. They erupted for 12 more runs en route to a 15-0 win over the raiders.

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