OVID — There’s a rich tradition with the diamond and Memorial Day weekend. Summer weather is typically in the air, and people are enjoying America’s favorite pastime.

With storms predicted for early Saturday afternoon, the second-seeded South Seneca softball team moved their Section V Class C3 first-round game vs. Finger Lakes West foe Naples a couple of hours ahead. Despite catching some raindrops, the move paid off for the Falcons as they blanked the seventh-seeded Big Green 15-0 in six innings.

“We’re just concentrating on putting all the pieces together, everything from our pitcher to pitching a good game, a solid defense, and swinging the bats hard,” South Seneca coach Anne Guinan said. “My lineup is pretty strong right through the end. The kids are fired up.”

The Falcons (17-2) jumped to a 3-0 lead thanks in large part to Amelia Dickens, who fashioned a 3-for-4 day at the plate. The junior doubled and drove in three runs. South Seneca tacked on six more runs in the second inning.

Senior Jade Parsons was a 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. The Fletcher triplets played a big role in the lopsided victory as well. Both Emma and Allissa finished with three runs batted in. Lea captured the win inside the circle as she pitched a complete game, striking out five batters and allowing one walk. She also cracked a double at the plate.

South Seneca was able to scatter six more runs through the rest of the game as Hailey Bentley went 2 for 4 with two doubles.

Naples senior Maddie Pickering belted a triple, but was thrown out at home plate trying to stretch it to a home run.

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