Lady Billies remain perfect on season

Alicia Deering and Bre Dahn hit back-to-back home runs in a key sixth inning to help the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (13-0, 10-0) hold off the Southwestern Lady Trojans, 11-3, Tuesday in CCAA Division I high school softball.

Fredonia scored four runs in the first inning, highlighted by RBIs from Baylee Tarnowski and Caitlyn Cybart.

After the Lady Trojans cut the deficit in half, the Lady Hillbillies regained a four-run advantage in the fifth as Deering doubled and Morgan Genovese followed with a two-run homer.

“Morgan never played softball until she started last year,” Fredonia assistant coach Bob Siebert said. “She comes to play and is turning into a really, really good center fielder and she is hitting the ball very well.”

In the top of the sixth inning, the Lady Trojans loaded the bases and had the tying run at the plate. However, Fredonia’s Baylee Tarnowski pitched in relief and escaped the jam to maintain the lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Fredonia put the contest away as Cassie Essek had a two-run single followed by a two-run homer by Deering and the next batter, Dahn, hit a solo shot.

Cassie Essek was 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs while Dahn had three hits with a homer. Tarnowski had three hits with an RBI and Deering had a double and a homer for the winners.

Hannah Cybart was the winning pitcher as she went 5 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

“We called this a trap game,” Siebert said. “We had Dunkirk (Monday) and Falconer (today). Every day you have to come ready to play, no matter who you’re facing. We got that early lead and then sat back. We finally got the bats going and broke it open in the sixth.”

Southwestern’s Kate Johnson had three hits and Maggie Burns had a triple and an RBI in a losing effort.

Fredonia hosts Falconer today.