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Nance Hits Another HR As JCC Women Beat Lakers

CANANDAIGUA — Keeping their momentum going on the road, the Jamestown Community College softball team split a doubleheader at Finger Lakes CC.

After losing Game 1 13-6, the Jayhawks quickly flipped the script in the second game, going up 7-1 after two innings played en route to a 16-4 victory.

Freshman centerfielder Kymi Nance (Dunkirk/Dunkirk) got the party started, hitting a bomb over the right-field fence. Wood scored the next run on an error by the Lakers.

With the bases loaded, freshman designated player Kara Leeper (Randolph/Randolph) was hit by pitch, driving in Renee Szymanski (Franklinville/Franklinville). Freshman first baseman Abbi Warner (Westfield/Westfield) flew out to center field and after tagging up, freshman Brynn Pagett (Randolph/Randolph) came home to make it 4-1.

Freshman right fielder Mackenzie Watson (Jamestown/Jamestown) joined the party, hitting an RBI single to drive home Emily Horth (Little Valley/Cattaraugus-Little Valley). Nance continued her strong day at the plate, hitting a two-run triple to bring Watson and Leeper home.

Finger Lakes CC got one back in the third before the Jayhawks scored nine unanswered runs over the next two innings. In the third, Warner singled to center field, driving in Horth. On an errant throw to first, Leeper scored to make it 9-2. Watson singled to left field, driving in Warner for the Jayhawks last run in the inning.

In the fourth, freshman catcher Gracie Wood (Warren, Pa./Warren Area) scored on a wild pitch while Pagett advanced to second and Szymanski to third. Szymanski came home on a sacrifice fly by Horth with Leeper hitting an RBI single up the middle to bring home Pagett.

Warner got in on the fun, hitting a double down the right-field line to drive home Leeper, making it 14-2. Warner and Abigail Minnekine (Little Valley/Cattaraugus-Little Valley) made it back home on back-to-back wild pitches, making it 16-2.

The Lakers would tack on two runs late but the rally would fall short.

Nance and Warner had the big bats in the game, driving in three runs apiece. Watson, Leeper and Horth each had two RBIs in the game.

Heppel went the distance in the circle, giving up two hits, one earned run and getting three strikeouts.

The Jayhawks (2-10, 2-10 Region 3 West) found themselves in a hole early in the first game, falling behind 7-0 en route to a 13-6 loss.

JCC was able to get on the board in the second inning as Horth grounded out to third with Wood coming home for a run.

JCC continued to chip away at the deficit, scoring three runs in the third inning. Nance singled to right field and advanced to second on an errant throw. On the throw, Szymanski and Minnekine came in to score.

The Jayhawks made it a 7-5 game in the fifth as Wood singled to right field, driving in Minnekine. The Lakers tacked on a pair of runs at the bottom of the inning, making it 9-5.

JCC scored its final run of the first game in the sixth as designated player Jaida Perry (Franklinville/Ten Broeck Academy) laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Pagett.

Finger Lakes CC closed out the game, scoring four unanswered runs.

Pagett finished with a double with Nance leading the way with two RBIs.

Pagett earned the loss in the circle, giving up five earned runs. Freshman Samantha Heppel (Angola/Lake Shore) came on in relief, giving up four earned runs while striking out seven batters.

The Jayhawks will be back home Thursday as they take on the Lakers at the Firemen’s Field in Lakewood.

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