Rome Jr. Spirit’s Sara Casicone slides into home with the winning run. Catlin Reilly tries to make a play. 

Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo

MHTS Summer Fun Tour


rlThe 8th Annual Rosemary Sharlow Memorial Softball Tournament is off and running at Kost Field in Rome.

Sixteen teams are competing in the 14 and under age division and six teams are battling it out in the 12 and under age division, on four fields, for tournament title honors. 

Mike Riley, Rome Girls Softball Association President, said teams will be competing from all over Upstate New York, in this, the Rome Association’s 25th year of hosting this great event.

The My Hometown Sports Summer Fun Tour made its way to Kost Field #1 this afternoon and caught the 12u game between the CNY Hurricanes and the Rome Junior Spirit.

CNY Hurricanes catcher Mackenzie Emery laces a first inning single.

The Spirit jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in this one, as the Hurricanes defense couldn’t seem to get in sync in the top half of the first inning. 

The first four batters in the Rome Jr. Spirit lineup came around to score in the visitors portion of the first frame.

Kaylee Wood, Matteson Hohen, Tori Spoon and Jamie Weakley, each crossed home plate for the Jr. Spirit, without a single hit being registered.

Trailing 4-0, the CNY Hurricanes settled down, as the defense turned it up a notch after the first inning of play. 

Catlin Reilly, the starting Hurricanes pitcher, was unphased by the early snafu’s in the field and went on to pitch three scoreless, hitless innings after the first.

rlThe Hurricanes pulled to within 4-1 in the top half of the third inning, when Danielle Stay reached on an infield error, stole second and came in to score on a MacKenzie Emery RBI single.

After a lengthy thunder, then lightning, then rain, delay of nearly an hour, the teams resumed play and the Lady Hurricanes seemed more intense with the fresh start.

The “Canes bounced back and scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, to knot the score at 4-4.

Mackenzie Emery, Hannah Horan and Madison Cieslak, all plated runs for the ladies in red, tying the score and rejuvenating the Hurricanes faithful.

CNY Hurricanes Madison Cieslak hammers a 6th inning single.

The Rome Jr. Spirit showed much of what their nickname implies in the bottom of the sixth however, with a game winning rally.

Sara Criscone reached on a single, stole second and ended up on third, following a passed ball.

With two out and Brianna Kelly at the plate, Criscone scored on a wild pitch, with what would be the winning run in this first round, tournament contest for the 5-4 win.

Congratulations to both clubs on a great ball game and best of luck for a successful run in this great tournament.

Each team will play two more games before the crossover round on Sunday.

The Rosemary Sharlow Memorial Softball Tournament will continue all day Saturday and Sunday at the Kost Memorial Softball Fields in Rome.

If you are looking to see some excellent teams compete for titles in two divisions, do get over there and check this event out!

CNY Hurricanes 5 Rome Junior Spirit  4

                           1   2   3   4   5   6     R

CNY Hurricanes     0  0   1  0   0  3      4

Rome Spirit          4  0   0   0   0  1      5