RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ithaca used a strong third inning to cruise to a 5-3 victory over the Ramapo Roadrunners. The Bombers produced an offensive explosion and scored five runs to pace the effort in the third.
Ramapo struck first in the opening inning when Erica Moore slapped a single through the left side to start things off. Moore slowly made her way around the bases with the help of her teammates and scored on a wild pitch by Bomber pitcher Marissa Marino.
After two scoreless innings on both sides, Ithaca had its coming out party. Hannah Shalett started the charge by hitting a ball back through the middle for a single. After back-to-back walks, Mel Chinigo smacked a single up the middle to plate Shalett. Then Stacy Pelesz took the Marino fast ball to right field to help bring home Kaitlyn Dulac. The scoring would reach it’s peak for the Bombers when Jenn Marro stepped to the plate with bases loaded and doubled into left-centerfield, clearing the bases and giving Ithaca a 5-1 lead.
“We were just feeding off of the energy from that inning. We’ve been used to battling back all season and this tournament fits into our style of play. We just have to play it one pitch at a time,” said Ithaca head coach Deb Pallozzi.
Ramapo would challenge the Bombers' lead in the fourth inning. Becky Pollak started the rally with a double to leftfield. Lisa Rizzo then stepped up and chopped the Ithaca lead to two runs when she took a Nicole Cade pitch over the fence with a home run.
Cade picked up the win for Ithaca, but she got some relief from teammate Carly Myers who chipped in three innings on the mound. The two combined for a four hitter and tossed eight strikeouts in the winning cause.
The Bombers made it a complete team effort. Shalett finished two for four, Jessica Stangarone was two for three, Jenn Marro was two for two with three RBIs, and four other Ithaca players scattered hits around the field.
Ramapo was paced by Rizzo with her two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Roadrunners could only produce four hits in the losing effort and head home early from the tournament with a final record of 36-13.
With the win Ithaca lives to take on the loser of the Muskingum/St. Thomas game on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.