Leading off today:
It takes a heck of an accomplishment to relegate a pitcher's perfect game -- her second in a row -- to second-class status in a game report, but the Deposit softball team pulled it off Saturday.
The Lady Jacks plated 19 runs in the fifth inning and defeated Marathon 22-0 for its fifth straight Section 4 Class D championship.
Catcher Bryn Martin's 5-for-5 day at the plate included three hits in the huge inning. She led off with a home run, drove in two more runs with a triple and tacked on another RBI with a bad-hop single.
Batterymate Makenzie Stiles struck out 16 batters en route to her second perfect game in a row and the 13th of her career. She had fanned 20 of 21 batters two days earlier in a 15-0 win over Gilboa.
"I can't thank my team enough, they've really helped me through it," Stiles said. "Obviously, I didn't strike everyone out and I needed my team to back me— and the hitting, too, that was phenomenal."
Defense matters: Not all softball championships are won on the back of gaudy pitching statistics. In fact, Carey wrapped up the Section 8 Class A championship wthout the benefit of a strikeout by Dana Romano.
The Seahawks recorded all 21 outs in the field and did not commit an error en route to a 6-1 win against Mepham in the decisive Game 3 of the championship series. Romano finished with a seven-hitter.
"Defense is the stuff that they take pride in," coach Anthony Turco said. "They took the pride in defense and it's what we've been working on all season. The old cliche that defense wins championships actually holds up today."
Turco credited shortstop Gianna Castogliolo, who had a hand in nine of the 21 outs.
"She was just phenomenal today, she was the glue of our infield," he said. "She had to be in order for us to win."
More softball: Westlake secured its first Section 1 championship with a 3-0 victory over top-seeded Rye Neck in the Class B final. Ali Brunetto struck out eight in a three-hitter.
• Emily Marshall delivered the tying and winning runs with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh as Oneida edged Camden 6-5 in the Section 3 Class B semifinals.
• Trailing 7-1 in the fifth inning, Horseheads rallied for a 9-8 win over Corning in the Section 4 Class AA final. Tess Cites hit a grand slam and Horseheads took the lead on an Alli