Ontario Softball Sweeps Nyssa

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NYSSA – The Ontario softball team upped their overall record to 3-3-1 after taking both games of a doubleheader versus Nyssa in nonleague action on Monday, April 3 in Nyssa.

Behind strong pitching from Bri Kemble, the Tigers took game one, 12-2. Kemble went the entire five innings, striking out 10 Bulldog batters and recording no walks. Taylor Cassity took the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing six walks while striking out five in five innings.

Julissa Almaraz picked up two RBIs for Ontario with Chelsey McLean, Belle Navarete, Brooke Campbell, Brie Kemble and Lily Garcia each adding a single RBI to their records.

Game two saw Ontario down the Dawgs 17-6. Navarrete went the distance for the Tigers, striking out 11 while allowing only two walks. For Nyssa, Taylor Cassity went 4 and 2/3 innings, striking out six batters and allowing four walks.

In addition to her play on the mound, Navarrete also added to the Ontario offense, picking up five RBIs. McLean and Almaraz each added three RBIs for the game.

“We knew Ontario had solid pitching and that was indeed the case,” said Nyssa coach Tracy Cleaver. “We have to minimize errors as a team. We continue to drop balls we shouldn’t and need to become stronger mentally. We finished with a plan and I am very proud of the at bats in the second game from some key players. Taylor Cassity, Anna Stringer, Lauren Sapp, Jenny Trujillo and Hailie Ballou all came up with solid at bats and trips around the diamond to score six runs against a very skilled Navarrete.”

“We continue to look for the lineup that will allow this team to find success the rest of the season,” Cleaver added.

Game One

Ontario 4 0 4  2 2 X  X     12  5  1

Nyssa    1 0 1  0 0 X  X      2  3  6

Game Two

Ontario 2 5 5  2 3 X  X   17  8  2

Nyssa    0 0 3  0 3 X  X   6   6  4

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