North?Collins outslugs Gowanda, 18-17

NORTH COLLINS – The North Collins Lady Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to outslug Gowanda, 18-17, Tuesday in non-league high school softball action.

Kylie Mathis scored the game-winning run on a Jessica Lawton bunt.

“It was nice to get the win,” North Collins coach Jan Warren said. “I am glad we came back and won it. I don’t know what it is about my team, the last few years there is no give up. They stick together and play hard until the end. That’s what I love about them. They pick each other up.”

Multiple hitters for North Collins include Mathis (2 for 5), Lawton (2 for 4), Sam Gier (3 for 4) and Beth Kibler (2 for 4). Nicole Torrey had just one hit but walked three times and scored four runs. Torrey, Jenna Keppel, Kibler and Emily Violanti each hit a home run. Gier had five RBIs in the win. The Lady Eagles had 14 hits as a team.

For Gowanda, Allyson Keller, Karen Snow and Jess Sowa each had three hits while Marissa Farley and Rachel Greco each had two. Gowanda combined for 16 team hits.

Lake Shore 14, Mt. Mercy 3

BUFFALO – Jessica Ackley went the distance Tuesday at Cazenovia Park, as Lake Shore (1-0) dropped Mt. Mercy, 14-3.

“We were pretty excited to be out on the field,” Lake Shore head coach Jeff Ziobro said. “We were caught off guard at the beginning, but the girls responded well in the top of the second. After (Mt. Mercy) scored two runs in the first, we scored three in the top of the second. I was very pleased with their tenacity to want to win the game. It’s a lot different than last year when we were 2-17.”

Ackley allowed three runs – none earned – on three hits while striking out nine and walking one.

“It was a good game,” Ziobro added. “(Ackley) was in control.”

At the plate, Jordan Scholl had a pair of two-run doubles, one in the second and one in the fourth, while Macy West went 3-for-4, including a grand slam in the top of the fifth. Also for the Lady Eagles, Allison Flores had a pair of hits and an RBI while Alexis Cvetanovich went 2-for-3.

“All in all, it was a solid effort,” Ziobro said.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action today when they take on Williamsville East.