Power pushes C-NS softball past Liverpool

O'Hara goes deep twice in 13-6 win over Warriors

— On her first swing in her first at-bat during her first game of the season, Cicero-North Syracuse softball star Sydney O'Hara hit a home run.

In her second at-bat, O'Hara went deep again - and those pair of round-trippers set the Northstars on its way to a 13-6 victory over archrival Liverpool Thursday afternoon.

C-NS began the 2012 season looking for nothing less than a return to Queensbury's Adirondack Sports Complex on June 9 for the state Class AA final four. A year ago, the Northstars got there and reached the state championship game before falling 8-2 to John Jay-East Fishkill.

Head coach Kerry Bennett returns a strong core from that team, which includes O'Hara, Sydney Harbaugh, Brittany Paul, Amy Van Hoven, Lindsey Silfer and Jenna Tartaro.

This game against Liverpool would be the only time the two rivals would meet in the regular season. The Warriors were already 2-0, having shut out West Genesee (3-0) and Fayetteville-Manlius (9-0) in the two days leading up to its clash with C-NS.

O'Hara's first plate appearance came with two out in the top of the first inning and Harbaugh on third base. Liverpool pitcher Carrie Stoddard delivered - and O'Hara crushed it more than 50 feet over the right-field fence to give C-NS a 2-0 lead.

Stoddard offered an answer in the bottom of the first with a two-out RBI double, and when Brianna Harris followed with a single to drive home Stoddard, Liverpool tied it, 2-2.

The tie didn't last long. In the top of the third, Van Hoven's RBI single pushed C-NS back in front, 3-2. Then, with two on, O'Hara delivered again, this time drilling Stoddard's offering over the center-field fence for a three-run home run.

As if that wasn't enough, Tartaro delivered a two-run home run to cap the Northstars' decisive six-run rally and make it 8-2. Liverpool never got closer than five runs again as C-NS would tack on a run in the sixth and four runs in the seventh, two of them coming home on Van Hoven's double.

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