JAMESTOWN - Confidence has been key for the Jamestown softball team as of late and Monday was no different as the Lady Red Raiders (6-2, 6-2) toppled CCAA West I visitor Silver Creek (1-6, 2-6) 12-4 at the Martin Road Complex behind the pitching of senior Mary Cersosimo.
Once again Cersosimo led the way on the mound with a complete game performance in which she fanned eight Lady Black Knights, walked two and allowed three earned runs.
Thanks to an offensive push in the top of the third inning, Silver Creek was able to take a l3-2 lead, but Jamestown responded with six runs in the fourth inning on five doubles to put the contest out of reach.
"Well, (we had) a lot of offense from the younger girls, but they were really led by the seniors today," said Jamestown coach Bill Canfield. "Mary (Cersosimo) was 3 for 5 on the day and she had two doubles, and really pitched well on the mound. Our other seniors didn't necessarily, you know, have the production that she did, but they made contact.''
While Canfield's seniors were very productive, his underclassmen were equally impressive.
It was a deep two-run home run by sophomore Lauren Madden that broke the contest wide open in the third inning while freshman Wilmari Guzman had an RBI double in the fourth.
By that time it was all over as Madden's hot bat accounted for a double, a home run, and a single.
Despite throwing all six innings on Monday, the Lady Black Knight's Allison Harford could not get the outs when she needed them. The senior pitcher did not get much help from her defense as the Lady Red Raiders scored three runs on errors. She ended with a strikeout, a walk, and a single while at the plate.
"(Harford) was mixing it up,'' Canfield said. ''We have been hitting the ball well, we have really come around with that this year. We have been making great contact. We are developing the confidence, they have to have confidence. It doesn't matter how good you are, if you don't have confidence, you don't do well. And you know (the girls) have developed that confidence in themselves in the box and it's starting to show," he went on to say of his team.
Jamestown was first able to illustrate it confidence during their half of the second inning as Madden struck a lead-off double, senior Kaityln Haines had a two-RBI single and Ashley Butman had a single for the first two runs.
Silver Creek was quick to turn the tide in their favor during the third as Jenny Pearl hammered an RBI triple just before another run was sent home on a throwing error by the Lady Red Raiders.
The Lady Black Knights fell victim to Madden's deep shot and a double by Hines in the bottom of the inning and were never able to recover.
"Kaitlyn Haines out in center field really helped us out today with calling some things out,'' Canfield said. ''You know we have been making some mistakes recently and you are going to have that sometimes when you have people speaking and directing traffic and doing those things. When we are doing the right things you make games like today happen.''
The other veteran to make a splash for Jamestown was junior Kaleisha Mosley, who was extremely productive at the plate with two doubles, a single and an RBI.It was her first double that sparked the Lady Red Raiders' explosion in the fourth.
After Mosley led the way, Harford gave up an RBI double to Cersosimo and RBI double to Pace and an RBI double to Guzman, an RBI single to Butman, a single to Hannah Pollino and another RBI double to Mosley.
Silver Creek was able to mount a small comeback in its next at bat when Pearl struck a triple and was sent home on a ground ball single by Abbi Hoffman, but at that point the margin was too great to overcome.