South Lewis moves on to state softball playoffs


SPECIAL DELIVERY — South Lewis pitcher Jenna Kraeger, shown in action during the Section III Class C-1 final last week in Cicero, worked a complete game to lead the Lady Falcons to a 5-2 win over Bishop Ludden in the rain-delayed overall Class C sectional championship game final which concluded on Monday in Cicero. (Sentinel photo by Lindsay A. Mogle)

CICERO — The South Lewis softball team had to wait two days to complete the suspended Section III Class C championship game, but it was well worth it as the Lady Falcons went on to claim the title with a 5-2 victory over Bishop Ludden on Monday.

The game resumed at the Gillette Road Complex with the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning after the championship was interrupted on Saturday by rain.

On Monday, the Lady Falcons wasted no time by taking the lead and scoring three more runs to secure the victory.

The win advances the Lady Falcons to the Class C state regionals, where they will battle Section IV’s Seton Catholic today at 5 p.m. back at the Gillette Road Complex.
If South Lewis defeats Seton Catholic, the squad will advance to Saturday’s state semifinals matchup at 9 a.m. at Waterloo High School with the state finals following afterwards at 1:30 p.m.

Jenna Kraeger was the winning pitcher, working a complete game and allowing six hits. She helped herself at the plate by going 2 for 3 with a RBI.

Mackenzie Colwell had tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning for the Falcons on Saturday with a two-run single to score in Nancy Newell and Kraeger before the rains came.

Korey Kibling took the loss on the hill, while Ryan Kristen and Kayla Kibling each had a RBI for Class C-2 champion Bishop Ludden, which finished the season at 21-3 overall.

In the other Section III championship games in Cicero on Monday, Oneida captured the Class A crown with a 6-1 win over Jamesville-DeWitt, and Liverpool claimed the Class AA title over Cicero-North Syracuse, 6-1.

Also on Monday, South Jefferson downed Cazenovia, 6-2, to pick up the Class B championship, and Hamilton defeated Stockbridge Valley, 2-1, for the Class D title.