Softball and lacrosse action was underway through the weekend with the Lady Bucs falling in extra innings on the softball diamond and the lacrosse team pulling off a spectacular rally to win in overtime against host South Jefferson.
Extra Inning, Come-From-Behind Softball Effort
The Oswego Lady Bucs varsity softball team was finally able to launch the 2011 season in Oswego on Saturday afternoon against Section IV Union Endicott.
Oswego fell behind 4-0 early, but fought back to send the game to extra innings before falling 6-4 in nine frames.
A combination of infield hits, errors and a walk resulted in a 4-0 UE lead.
Pitcher Emily Kolenda had a good day on the mound as she pitched all nine innings and gave up just three hits, fanned nine and walked only one.
Meanwhile the Lady Bucs did have an offensive day at the plate with 11 hits.
Trailing 4-0 Oswego fought back for two in the bottom of the third as Kaitlin Friel got on via a base hit and a two out effort saw Allie Yule taking first when she was hit by a pitch. Devynn Wilder had an infield hit for one RBI and then Kolenda had a base hit as did Ashlee Wapen.
The Bucs tied it up in the sixth as Friel singled, went to second on a sac by Vicki Race and scored on Erika Lazzaro’s base hit. Yule eventually hit a single to bring in the tying run.
After a ninth inning error UE came up with a triple and sac to score to determine the final outcome.
Kolenda had a three hit day at the plate and Yule, Friel and Wilder each had two hits while Lazzaro and Wapen also had hits.
Spectacular Rally for Buc Varsity Lacrosse
Oswego, playing its third game in five days, overcame a Butler-esque second half to edge the Spartans 11-10 in overtime.
The Bucs started out well, jumping out to a 3-1 lead early in the game, only to have South Jeff come back and lead 5-3 at halftime. Coach Doc Nelson said, “We had difficulty clearing the ball, and made numerous unforced turnovers”.
South Jefferson took control after halftime, and with three and a half minutes left in the game the hosts were leading by a 10-6 score.
Buc Dan Maniccia scored to make it 10-7; half a minute later Matt Lloyd scooped up a rebound and buried it to make it 10-8. However, the situation looked grim as Oswego was hit by three consecutive penalties in one minute. The Bucs forced a turnover and threw a 60 yard pass to Maniccia, who sprinted to the goal and found Lloyd on the back post and his man-short goal made it 10-9 with :39 left in the game.
Jon Kaplewicz won his sixth faceoff of the period, and Kyle Clark completed the comeback as he scored in a five on five situation 15 seconds later to tie the game at 10-10
A South Jeff player was called for a push as time wound down, giving Oswego the opportunity to start the overtime period with the ball and a man-up opportunity. Kaplewicz quickly found Dom Cianfarano open, and he scored the game winner on a low outside shot 14 seconds into the overtime.
Oswego had scored five goals in three minutes and forty-seven seconds and two of them were scored when shorthanded. Kaplewicz won seven of eight faceoffs in the fourh quarter including five in a row.
When the final stats were tabulated Matt Lloyd had four goals on the day and Kyle Clark added two as did Jeremy Purce. Dom Cianfarano, Dan Maniccia and Josh Sova all had one goal apiece.
Assists were contributed by Kaplewicz with two while Dave Mathes and Dan Maniccia had one each.
In goal Trent Yule had two saves. For the 4-2 Bucs
The local sports season is in full swing as the baseball, girls’ track and both varsity lacrosse teams were in action on Thursday.
Baseball Storms Out of Box
It was “Matt and the Bats” appearing at Leighton Field diamond as the Buc varsity baseball kicked off the 2011 season.
With Matt Pirro surrendering two first inning hits and fanning 11 the bats came alive for 14 hits against an assortment of Fulton pitchers in a 13-2 victory.
Oswego trailed 2-0 after the top of the first inning, but the lead was trimmed in half by a Rich Carpentier homer in the bottom of the first.
The Bucs then exploded for an eight run third as Darren Bezio doubled and Corey Galletta and Rich Carpentier walked to load the bases. Autie Ascenzi was then hit in the should by a pitch to tie the game. Pirro then hit a deep double and Ryan Lavner slugged a two run single to center field. The rally remained alive after a catcher interference call and Corey Galletta had a single while Carpentier finished it up with a hit for a 9-2 Buc lead.
Senior Pirro started his first game as a Buc and Fulton jumped on him in the first inning for two hits, but that was the final time that the Raiders would get a hit.
At the plate the Bucs were solidly hitting the ball with seven extra base hits as Carpentiers had three RBI’s along with frosh Ryan Lavner. Chris Pike also had a double and two singles on the day. Colin Burns also had a double as did Bezio and Pirro helped himself with two doubles and an equal number of RBI’s./
Ford Fast for Lady Bucs
The Oswego girls’ track team, opened the 2011 dual meet season Thursday, losing to a strong Central Square team by the score of 101-40.
Junior standout Whitney Ford, turned a triple winning performance for the Lady Bucs, winning the 100 meter dash (13.6), the 400 meter dash (67.6), and the long jump. She also finished second in the 200 meter dash, with an outstanding time of 28.6.
Other second place finishes for Oswego were turned in by Ariel Bouffard in the 400 meter hurdles and Becky Fidler in the high jump.
Earning third place finishes for the Lady Bucs were Leah Weiss in the 800 and 1500 meter runs, Katrina Tafler in the triple jump, and Deondra Smith in the high jump.
Oswego will return to action on Wednesday, hosting the Lady Knights of Rome Free Academy, in a 5:00 p.m. contest at the Oswego Middle School.
Lady Bucs Give FM Battle
In lacrosse action the Oswego girls’ varsity lost a hard fought 15-9 game to Fayetteville-Manlius.
The game was knotted at 4-4 at halftime, but in the second half FM outscored the Bucs 11-5.
For Oswego Taylor Giglio had four goal and Becca Martin added three while Mikayla Place and Kelsey Ross each had one. Lacey Brown and Place had two assists while Sam McCarrick had one.
In net Hayley Lukaczyk had five saves against the 2-1 Hornets. Steph Rurkowski had 11 saves for FM.
Buc Lax Blanked by Hornets
Meanwhile in boys’ varsity lacrosse action the Bucs lost to 4-0 Fayetteville-Manlius 10-0 at Wilber Field.
Fm scored four in each of the first two quarters and evenly split the final two goals in the third and fourth.
Oswego goal keeper Trent Yule finished with 21 saves while at the other end of the field Stefan Basile and Matt Wells combined for six and four saves respectively.