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Softball: Guilderland gets the jump on Bethlehem

Early runs propel Lady Dutch to Sectional title

Guilderland shortstop Tori Greco throws on to first base after getting Bethlehem's Erin O'Donnell out during the second inning of Friday's Section II Class AA championship game at Clifton Common.

Guilderland shortstop Tori Greco throws on to first base after getting Bethlehem's Erin O'Donnell out during the second inning of Friday's Section II Class AA championship game at Clifton Common. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Guilderland advances to Tuesday's regional final against Section III power Cicero-North Syracuse at Gillette Field.

"They have a pitcher who throws hard and can hit the ball well," said Marino of Cicero-North Syracuse, which reached last year's state finals. "They have five slap hitters, so we're going to have to defend that."

Meanwhile, Gentile said she appreciates the way her Bethlehem players managed to get to the Sectional finals for the third time in the last four years.

"I think we were the only people who thought we were capable of going as far as we did," said Gentile of her team, which featured several first-year starters. "It was an honor to be there, and we were pleased with our performance in Sectionals overall."

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