Lady Billies explode for 20 runs in win

JAMESTOWN – The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (2-0, 3-0) scored a run in every inning and defeated the Southwestern Lady Trojans (0-1), 20-7, Monday in CCAA Division 1 softball action.

Baylee Tarnowski led Fredonia with standout efforts on the mound and the plate. She earned the win after a five-inning effort in which she allowed four hits and struck out seven. She helped her own cause with a 3 for 5 performance as a batter with a double and four RBI.

“I can’t say enough about Baylee,” Fredonia coach Joe Pucciarelli said. “She has much more control over her pitches this year and she’s doing a great job.”

Bre Dahn came on in relief with a 12-1 lead in the sixth and finished out the game with five hits, three walks, five earned runs and two strikeouts. Dahn also supported herself at the plate by going 4 for 5 with three singles, a triple and a pair of RBI.

Freshman Savannah Rivera went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI in her first varsity start to lead the Lady Hillbillies’ youth movement offensively. Eighth-grader McKenna Leid had a 2 for 5 with two RBI while seventh-grader Cassie Essek tallied three hits and knocked home a pair of runs.

“These young kids are making us coaches look old,” Pucciarelli said. “They have a good system in the Fredonia Little League and it shows at this level. It was 3-0 after two and then we kind of broke it open. Every inning, we got people on base and it seems like it’s these young kids. I think we only have two seniors on our team. These kids are ready when they come up.”

Britta Johnson was the losing pitcher for Southwestern. She allowed 11 hits and three walks while striking out a batter in four innings of work.

Fredonia travels south again today to play Jamestown.

Falconer 9, Dunkirk 8

FALCONER – It looked like Falconer had things under control, taking a huge lead early, but Dunkirk (0-1) fought back to get within a run as the Lady Golden Falcons (1-0, 1-3) held on for a 9-8 victory in CCAA Division 1 softball on Monday.

Falconer scored early and often and by the fifth, held a commanding 9-2 lead, but the Lady Marauders got a run back in the fifth and then exploded for five runs in the sixth, highlighted by a 3-run blast by Kelly Drummond.

Fortunately for the Lady Golden Falcons, Abbey Courtney got a pop-up fly for the first out in the seventh, then struck out the last two batters to seal the win. She also helped her own cause with three hits and scored twice while Shannon Gunnell added two hits and two RBIs and Allie Munella drove in two runs.

Joyce Bomasuto got the loss for Dunkirk with three strikeouts and two walks.

Khee Nance delivered a triple and a single with three runs scored, Sarah Hanlon had an RBI triple in sixth and Kati Hanlon connected for an RBI double.

Gowanda 3,

Allegany-Limestone 2

GOWANDA – Jessica Sowa’s walk-off RBI single lifted the Gowanda Lady Panthers (1-2, 1-1) to a 3-2 victory over Allegany-Limestone on Monday in CCAA Division 1 high school softball.

C.J. Sawatis led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double and scored on Sowa’s hit.

After a scoreless four innings, Gowanda opened the scoring in the fifth inning as Allison Keller singled to score Sawatis.

In the sixth inning, Markie John scored on an Alex Farner single for a 2-0 lead.

However, the Lady Gators responded with two runs of their own in the top of the seventh inning to tie the score, 2-all.

That’s when Sowa got her hit for the victory.

“We hung in there and played as a team and came together,” Gowanda coach Dar Pfaffenbach said. “We stuck it out til the end.”

Sawatis was the wining pitcher as she struck out 10, walked four and scattered seven hits.

Sowa finished with three singles, Sawatis doubled while Farner, Markie John and Keller each had two hits.

Gowanda returns to action Wednesday at Dunkirk.

Division 2


Valley 14, Silver Creek 2

LITTLE VALLEY – Sara Crandall threw a complete game on the mound and went 2 for 3 with a double and a single to boost the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Lady Timberwolves to a 14-2 win over the Silver Creek Lady Black Knights in CCAA Division 2 softball action Monday.

Crandall struck out 12 batters, walked five and allowed four hits with plenty of run support to spare. Cattaraugus-Little Valley scored five runs in the first inning and added three each in the second and third to take an 11-0 lead early.

Rachelle Musall went 2 for 3 in a winning effort.

Ally Harford was the losing pitcher for Silver Creek after a four-inning effort in which she struck out eight batters, walked three and allowed three hits. Jenny Pearl had two hits and was responsible for driving home the Lady Black Knights’ two runs.

Silver Creek returns home Wednesday to face Salamanca.

Division 3

Pine Valley 6,

Westfield 4

WESTFIELD – The Pine Valley Lady Panthers (1-0, 2-0) scored three runs in the first inning to propel themselves to a 6-4 victory over Westfield (0-1, 0-3) on Monday in CCAA Division 3 high school softball action.

Pine Valley’s Nicole Rinehart highlighted the opening frame with an RBI double and Laurel Killock added a RBI sacrifice fly. Amber Riggs scored on a wild pitch.

The Lady Wolverines had a great scoring chance in the fourth inning as they loaded the bases with no outs. However, Pine Valley pitcher Alex Bentham struck out the next three batters to escape the jam.

“The fourth inning hurt us without getting some one across,” Westfield coach Dave Luder lamented. “Leaving those base runners on really hurt.”

Bentham finished with seven strikeouts and three walks for the win.

Westfield scored three runs in the fifth inning to cut the deficit, 5-4. Kathryn Catalano scored on a fielder’s choice by Hillary Nelson and Taylor Kassman had a two-out, pinch-hit RBI to score Nelson.

“It was nice the kids came back and in the fifth and got the three runs,” Luder said. “We looked better today. I was glad to see some improvements.”

Catalano and Savannah Rowan each had two hits in a losing effort.

Division 4

North Collins 8,

Clymer 1

NORTH COLLINS – The North Collins Lady Eagles (3-0) scored all of their runs in the second inning en route to an 8-1 rout over the Clymer Lady Pirates (0-2) Monday in CCAA Division 4 softball action.

Clymer pitcher JoJo Rhodes began the frame by walking Jenna Keppel while Ericka Bly reached on an error. Sam Gier cleared the bases with a two-run single. Jessica Lawton added an RBI single while Emily Violanti scored on a Rhodes balk. Keppel walked again and brought home Kylee Mathis from third while Bly added a two-run single of her own. Gier knocked home Keppel with a single in her second at-bat of the inning.

Lawton allowed one run on six hits while striking out nine batters to get the complete-game victory for the Lady Eagles. She also went for 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI while Gier had a 2 for 3 day with a run and three RBI.

JoJo Rhodes earned the loss for Clymer after a six-inning outing in which she struck out eight batters. walked five and allowed eight runs on six hits.

Clymer returns home to face Chautauqua Lake today while North Collins travels to West Valley Wednesday.

Brocton 14,

West Valley 2

WEST VALLEY – Jessica Putcher got the win on the mound and helped her own cause with a triple and three RBI in the Brocton Lady Bulldogs (1-1)’ 14-2 victory over the West Valley Lady Wildcats (0-1) Monday in CCAA Division 4 softball action.

Putcher struck out five batters and allowed three hits in three innings of work. She was also one of four Lady Bulldogs with two hits at the plate.

“She’s good at the plate and an excellent pitcher,” Brocton coach Jeff Franze said regarding Putcher. “She’s done a really good job.”

Jenna Jusko, Jessica Merle and Brooke Kuschel joined Putcher in recording two hits. Merle and Sabrina Ruiz also tallied 3 RBI in a winning effort.

Brocton got on the board early and often with an eight-run first inning. Merle hit a two-run double to give the Lady Bulldogs an early lead while four more runs were walked home.

The Lady Bulldogs added another three runs in the top of the second to go up 11-0 and cruise to the win.

“We had good solid pitching, one walk and one error,” Franze said. “We played really well today.”

Merle replaced Putcher on the mound to start the fourth and struck out six, walked one and allowed three hits in four innings of work.

Brocton returns to action Wednesday at Ellicottville while West Valley plays host to North Collins.

Ripley 7, Ellicottville 3

RIPLEY – Emilee Steger struck out six and scattered six hits to lead the Ripley Lady Eagles (1-0, 2-0) to a 7-3 victory over Ellicottville (0-1, 0-2) on Monday in CCAA Division 4 high school softball.

Sam Trevelline had the big hit for Ripley with a RBI double.

Ellicottville’s highlight was a diving catch by centerfielder Liz Wendell to save two runs.

Ripley returns to action Wednesday at Sherman.