CORFU — It has been a long time coming for Alexander hurler Samantha Sawyer.
Sawyer missed the entire 2019 season with a torn ACL and like everyone else, last year was taken away by COVID-19. On Tuesday she made her return to the circle and picked up right where she left off.
Sawyer scattered eight hits and struck out 14 as she outdueled Pembroke ace Allie Schwerthoffer in a 7-3 win for Alexander.
Trojans eighth-grader Emily Pietrzykowski picked up her first varsity hit with a solo home tun in the fifth to give Alexander a 3-1 lead, while she would then double in the sixth driving in another run, ending her day 2-for-3 with a HR, 2B and 2 RBI to lead the Alexander offense.
Schwerthoffer allowed just five hits and struck out 11 in the circle in the losing effort, while she and Nicole von Kramer each went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Dragons.
“This win is special for us, we are all so happy for Sammie to be able to get back out there after her injury in 2019 and then the lost season last year,” Alexander head coach Dan Prong said. “For her to come back like that was just awesome. She attacked her rehab and got herself ready to go and has been dying to get back where she belongs. I am so happy for her and I’m excited to see what she can do now that she finally gets to play.”
Up 4-1, Alexander scored three times in the top of the seventh to essentially put the game away.
ATTICA 10, BYRON-BERGEN 4
Brittany Martin struck out 11 and got around nine hits allowed, while she also connected on a home run to lead the Blue Devils to the win.
Attica finished the afternoon with 12 hits in the game, as Martin, Sam Daley, Makenna Jarnot and Maddie Robinson each collected multiple hits for in the win.
Lexi Vurraro and Maddie Pimm each had multiple-hit days in the loss for the Bees, while Kendall Phillips struck out 10 in the circle.
OAKFIELD-ALABAMA 6, NOTRE DAME 5
The Hornets again used a comeback effort to improve to 2-0 on the year. Notre Dame led 4-0 after the first inning, but O-A came storming back behind a five-run fourth inning.
Piper Hyde and C.J. Ryan each recorded a couple of hits and a run scored, while Ryan added two RBI. Sarah Gilbert picked up the win in the circle, allowing five hits and striking out six.
Kaydence Stehlar hit a solo home run for ND.
LE ROY 16, GENESEO 1
Hayley Papp tossed a complete-game two-hitter and also finished 2-for-4 with an RBI in the easy win for the Oatkan Knights.
Kailyn Tresco had a monster day at the plate for Le Roy as she finished with two home runs and five RBIs, while Bryn Luckey ripped four hits with two batted in and Felicity Wieseltier had three hits and an RBI.
Ellie Scheiner had a hit and an RBI for Geneseo.
ALEXANDER 16, PEMBROKE 1
Josh Merrill was 4-for-4 with a triple, double and six runs batted in, while Joey Donnelly was 2-for-3 with three RBIs as the Trojans rolled.
Gunnar Kania also had a nice afternoon with two hits and three RBIs, while Nolan Quackenbush had a two-run double.
Hunter Fletcher started for Alexander and went three no-hit scoreless innings with six strikeouts, while Donnelly pitched two innings and allowed two hits.
ELBA 4, BYRON-BERGEN 0
Andrew Hare and Connor Scott combined for a one-hitter as the Lancers eased past the rival Bees. Caleb Scouten knocked in two RBI for Elba, while Angelo Penna recorded a couple of hits to help pace the Lancers’ offense.