Finger Lakes Lakers repeat as league champions

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The championship Lakers are (front, from left) Olivia Maddock, Sara Pieniazek, Liz Caspari, Chelsea Houtenbrink, Claire Scheible, Erica Peterson; (row two, from left) Coach Maddock, Christine Mosich, Liz Pieniazek, Rachel Angell, Chrissy DiCampli, Abby Dygert, MacKenzie Green, Morgan Rohring & Laura Maddock back row; coach Pieniazek, Coach Nichols and Coach Houtenbrink.

The Finger Lakes Lakers finished their league play at Midlakes Aug. 6 with a championship win in a best-of-three series.

The Lakers met the Geneva Panthers, who called on pitcher Bri Allen from Aquinas, Section V All-Star Player of the Year and  First Team All State Pitcher.

Allen allowed five hits from the Lakers.

Liz Pieniazek (Geneva) pitched the two-hitter shutout with nine strikeouts and one walk for the win.

In the second game against the Panthers, Laura Maddock (Lyons) was on the mound for the Lakers, giving up only three hits for the win.

Lakers bats were hot with Christine Mosich (Penn Yan) going 2-for-2 with a double and RBI, and Pieniazek 2-for-3 with a double.

MacKenzie Green (Marcus Whitman) singled and Caspari went 2-for-2 with a walk. Claire Scheible made an amazing twisted-stretch put- out at first.

The Lakers remain the Champions of the Midlakes Open League.

Cicero Tournament

The Finger Lakes Lakers final play for the 2008 season was in the 29th Annual Plank Road Tournament in Cicero Aug. 9 and 10.

The first game in pool play was against the Fabius Pompeii Falcons and the Lakers posted a 6-5 loss. Laura Maddock (Lyons) pitched the seven-inning game with 10 strikeouts and Erica Peterson (Jordan-Eldridge) had a diving catch at shortstop. Christine Mosich (Penn Yan) had a single and double, Peterson had two singles and individual singles came from Morgan Rohring (Marcus Whitman), Chelsea Houtenbrink (Waterloo) and Maddock.

Second up for the Lakers was the Northern Explosion from Adams. On the mound, Liz Pieniazek (Geneva) got the win, 12-5 final score, with MacKenzie Green (Marcus Whitman) pitching an inning for the save. Hitting star for the Lakers was Liz Pieniazek who was 4-for-4 with four RBI's. Olivia Maddock (Lyons) also singled twice.

The final game in pool play for the Lakers was a shut out against the Utica Sluggers, 6-0.

Pieniazek got the win, with Green saving again. Combined, the two pitchers had a no-hitter and Olivia Maddock threw out a base stealer. Bats were hot with Green getting a single, and Laura Maddock getting single and a double. Peterson got two singles and a double while Pieniazek had two singles and a double.

Saturday's play put the Lakers in first seed for bracket play Sunday. Battling rain delays Sunday, The Lakers won 7-1 in quarterfinals, sending the Cortland Firestix home.

Laura Maddock got the win and hits went in the books from Rohring, a single and double; Peterson a double and Green with a great triple and RBI.

The Lakers met the Syracuse Storm in the semi-finals and posted a 5-1 win. Pieniazek got the win with seven strikeouts and Olivia Maddock threw out a base stealer. Bats were hot with Mosich poking a long single and earning two RBIs.

Peterson and Caspari both singled and doubled. This series put the Lakers in the Championship game against the Syracuse Renegades with the Maddock pitching and catcher combo.

Hits went in the books from Olivia Maddock, Mosich, Houtenbrink and Pieniazek with RBI's from Houtenbrink, Rohring and Mosich.

The game was called in the third inning due to poor weather conditions and The Lakers ended up co-Champions of the tournament.

ASA Tournament

The Finger Lakes Lakers competed in the Battle of the State ASA Tournament at MCC the previous weekend and placed third.

The Lakers met the New York Nitros from Greece for Game 1 and registered a 7-1 loss with the only hits from Christine Mosich (Penn Yan) with two singles and Liz Caspari (Jordan-Eldridge) with a single. Second up for the Lakers was a 3-1 win against the Addison Lady Stars.

Laura Maddock(Lyons) pitched five strikeouts and gave up only one run. Olivia Maddock (Lyons) behind the plate threw out a base stealer. Bats were more alive with hits from Claire Scheible (Midalkes), Liz Pieniazek (Geneva), Erika Peterson (Jordan-Eldridge) and Mosich.

Saturday games were rained out and Sunday started with the Lakers seeded third. The Lakers beat the Grand Island Vikings 3-1 for 1st game in bracket play. Pieniazek pitched six innings striking six batters out and allowing only one hit. Batting star of the game was Caspari going 3-for-3 with two outfield singles and a to-the-fence triple. Other hits were posted by Chelsea Houtenbrink (Waterloo), Peterson, Pieniazek and Laura Maddock.

The Lakers met the New York Nitros again in semifinals for a 9-0 loss; hits were too few only from Scheible and Caspari.

Tryouts for the 2009 14U and 16U Lakers teams will be Aug. 23 from 10-1 at Frey Fields on Frey St., Newark, by the hospital. Contact Rick Nichols for more informationat  315-945-9811. Rain date is Aug. 24, same time and place.