CANANDAIGUA -- The Finger Lakes Softball team split a doubleheader with Niagara County Community College on Tuesday afternoon. The Lakers won the first game 8-4, but fell in Game 2, 12-4.
The Lakers are now 4-4 in Region III and 5-10 on the season. Niagara holds a 3-1 record within the region. Finger Lakes will return to action on Thursday as they travel to SUNY Adirondack for a 3pm doubleheader.
Cassidy Bosch and Chelsea Bartlett each had three hits in the open. Bosch had a pair of doubles and Bartlett drove in three runs. Abby Weaver (3-2) had a pair of hits and got in the win in the circle for Finger Lakes. She allowed just three earned runs and did not walk a batter.
Bosch continued her strong day at the plate in Game 2. She had a pair of hits for Finger Lakes. Also with two hits were Ashley Leederman and Daniele Ogrodowski. Starting pitcher Jolynn Betty (1-6) helped her own cause by driving in a pair of runs. She struck out four in her four and a third innings of work. Defense did not help Finger Lakes in the second game as only three of Niagara's 12 runs were earned.
Niagara took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning of Game 1, but the Lakers quickly answered. Jennifer Marshall doubled and moved to third on a single by Javana Salone. Marshall scored on a single by Abby Weaver to make it 2-1. The Lakers tied it up in the fifth, once again being started by a double. Cassidy Bosch delivered the blow and then stole third base. She scored on a single by Chelsea Bartlett to tie the game. After a run by Niagara in the sixth, the Lakers took the lead for good. The first six Lakers reached base in the inning with five singles and a Thunderwolves error. Cassidy Bosch singled to tie the game and a two-run single by Ashely Leederman gave the Lakers the lead. They would add some insurance in the inning and continue on to the 8-4 victory.
The Thunderwolves, playing as the home team, took an early lead again in the bottom of the first. The Lakers responded in the top of the second. Cassidy Bosch worked a two-out walk with the bases loaded to score Jolynn Betty. Daniele Ogrodowski scored on a passed ball during the next at bat to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead. Niagara used a five-run third to grow their lead to 6-2. Finger Lakes was able to make it 6-4 on a two-run single by Betty, but the Thunderwolves answered with five in the bottom of the inning on their way to the 12-4 victory over Finger Lakes.