AUBURN, NY -- The Finger Lakes Softball earned a conference and regional split against Cayuga Community College on Saturday. The Lakers dropped the first game 10-9, but took Game 2 by the score of 10-2.
Finger Lakes is now 8-11 on the season. The Lakers are also 1-1 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference and 7-5 in Region III. The Spartans hold a 1-6 record within regional play. The Lakers will stay in conference on Sunday as they travel to Binghamton to face SUNY Broome Community College.
Six different Lakers recorded multiple hits in Game 1 and every starter recorded at least one hit in the game. Abby Weaver, Jolynn Betty, and Cassidy Bosch each drove in a pair of runs for Finger Lakes.
Game 2 saw a great performance out of sophomore Kelsey Snyder. She allowed only six hits and two runs over six innings of work while striking out 9 Cayuga batters. Snyder also helped herself out at the plate with a pair of hits. Cassidy Bosch, Daniele Ogrodowski, and Chelsea Bartlett each added two hits in the win as well. Bartlett drove in a team-high three runs.
The Lakers struck for four runs in the top of the first inning of Game 1. Five hits led to four runs in the inning with the big hit coming in the form of a two-run double by Abby Weaver. After the Lakers added a run in the second, the Spartans tied the game at 5-5 with a five run inning. They would later take the lead and be up 7-5 going into the sixth inning. Ashley Leederman led the inning off with a single and Taylor Laws followed that up with a single of her own. Both scored on a single by Cassidy Bosch to tie the game. Bosch later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jolynn Betty. Abby Weaver brought in Finger Lakes' final run on a single, giving the Lakers a 9-7 advantage. Cayuga responded with a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-8 Finger Lakes. The Spartans did not go away, however, as they scored a pair in the bottom of the seventh for the 10-9 walkoff victory.
Finger Lakes once again jumped out to an early lead in Game 2. Six Lakers crossed the plate in the second inning for the lead. Kelsey Snyder and Cassidy Bosch each had RBI hits in the inning. The Lakers were able to take advantage of Cayuga errors and stole a few bases to force the offense in the inning. Finger Lakes would lead 7-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. There Finger Lakes, playing as the home team, got a leadoff single by Cassidy Bosch. Daniele Ogrodowski and Chelsea Bartlett each added singles of their own. Bosch scored on Bartlett's hit. An error allowed Ogrodowski to score. Jennifer Marshall hit a double to score Bartlett to end the game at 10-2 due to the eight-run rule.