Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The difference in the game was Bryer’s counterpart, Bears senior pitcher Kayla Williams, a two-time ECIC IV all-star, who was just a hair better while allowing four hits with six strikeouts. Wilson’s only run came in the second inning when sophomore Sam Ess scored on a pass ball.
It appeared the Lakewomen were on the verge of a rally to tie the game in the top of the sixth. With no outs, junior Alissa DiCesare knocked a triple through the left fielder’s legs, but the field umpire ruled DiCesare skipped second base. Wilson didn’t put a runner on base after that.
Ess went 1 for 2 with a walk and stolen base. All four Lakewomen hits came from their 3-4-5-6 hitters.
Bryer earned the hard-luck loss.
“I’m proud of (Bryer). Every pitch she threw this season came with pain and she still just found a way to battle through,” Mahar said. “When I say that every pitch came with pain, it did. Every single pitch that she made this year came with pain. And she still battled through and battled through.”
Bryer finishes her career with a bundle of accolades as she departs to play volleyball at SUNY Canton. Most notably, she holds the Wilson all-time strikeout record with 426 over her career, and broke the single-season mark last year with 172.
“Lindsay’s the real deal,” Mahar said. “She serves to inspire girls who will come through this program from a long time after she’s gone. She’s on the verge of legendary territory. I’m pretty proud of that girl.”Follow contributing sports reporter Brandon Schlager on Twitter @B_Schlag.