Lakeview holds off Eagles

CORTLAND – All that Lakeview softball coach Vicki Lawrence asks of the Bulldogs is an hour and a half of their time each game day.

It was more like an hour of their time Tuesday as the Bulldogs opened a four-run lead and held on for a 5-3 win over the Hubbard Eagles in a quickly played contest.

The Bulldogs (6-5) made the most of that hour, taking advantage of four errors by the Eagles to score five unearned runs. Hubbard scored two runs in the sixth inning off reliever Laura Innocenzi, but she set the side down in order in the seventh for the save.

“We’ll take advantage of anything we can,” Lawrence said. “We play hard. They made the mistakes, and we took advantage of them.”

The first of the errors allowed Hannah Petrosky to reach safely after striking out with one out in the bottom of the first inning. Alyssa Nicholas and starting pitcher Taylor Waid followed with singles, with Petrosky scoring on Waid’s hit.

Innocenzi struck out before Caitlin McDivitt singled in Nicholas to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

Lakeview benefitted from three errors in scoring three runs in the fourth inning. Two-out singles by Petrosky and Nicholas was followed by a double error on a ground ball by Waid, allowing Petrosky to score. Innocenzi singled in Nicholas and Waid scored on another error as the Bulldogs stretched their lead to 5-1.

“We have a young team, and they make young-kid mistakes,” Eagles coach Ken Miller said. “When they make one, it follows into two or three. They’re just not quite ready to overcome it, but they’re getting there.”

The Eagles (7-9) were limited to one hit through the first five innings. Waid didn’t yield a hit in four innings of work, striking out five and walking one.

Innocenzi was tagged for back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning by Julia Clemente and Maddie Nicoloff after Madi Harris had reached second on an infield single and a throwing error. Harris scored on Clemente’s double to right center, and Clemente scored on Nicoloff’s double to left center.

Nicoloff led off the fourth with a double but was thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Waid struck out the next two batters.

The lone walk issued by Waid was to Clemente leading off the top of the first. Clemente was sacrificed to second by Nicoloff, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by Taylor Barton.

Melyssa Conger started and went the distance for the Eagles. She struck out four and didn’t allow a walk.

“Every game that we’ve played so far has gone all the way to the seventh inning,” Lawrence said. “My girls haven’t given up from the beginning of the game until the end. They’ve given 100 percent, and it paid off today.”

Waid and Innocenzi both had two hits and drove in one run. Nicholas had three hits, and Petrosky had two.