Late push lifts Portville past Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK – The Portville Lady Panthers scored 11 unanswered runs to defeat the Silver Creek Lady Black Knights (0-4), 11-1, Thursday in CCAA Division 2 softball action.

Silver Creek held off the offensive onslaught with a 1-0 lead heading into the fifth inning. Darienne Slocum touched off the flood of scoring with a two-run single off pitcher Allison Harford to give Portville a 2-1 advantage they would continue to add on to.

Slocum ended the afternoon with three hits and four RBI while Cammie McCracken had a triple, three hits and a RBI to pace the Lady Panther effort at the plate. Albanie Stevens earned the win with a complete-game performance in which she allowed five hits, walked four batters and struck out four.

Harford earned the loss after she allowed four runs on six hits and struck out four in a five-inning outing. Courtney Cummings came on in relief and surrendered six hits.

“Our defense did a great job,” Silver Creek coach Stacie Bauer said. “We stranded 14 runners on base and had six errors. Errors always kill you in the end.”

Silver Creek plays host to the Hae-Jude Tournament this weekend. The Lady Black Knights play Eden today.

Ripley 12, Westfield 3

WESTFIELD – The Ripley Lady Eagles scored eight runs in the third and benefited from 13 walks in a 12-3 victory over the Westfield Lady Wolverines (1-1, 1-4) Thursday in non-league high school softball action.

Westfield pitcher Carson Hauser walked five and fielders committed a pair of errors in the third frame. Ripley recorded just three hits in the inning and only needed to bat home one run.

“It was a solid game with one bad inning,” Westfield coach David Luder said. “When they hit the ball, we caught it – except we had five errors.”

Emilee Steger earned the win with a complete game for Ripley after she allowed eight hits, struck out seven batters and surrendered a walk. Steger also hit 2 for 4 with two RBI and a double to lead the Lady Eagles at the plate while Melanie McCutchon added two hits, a double and a RBI.

Hauser was credited as the losing pitcher for the Lady Wolverines after she walked eight, struck out seven and allowed three hits in five innings of work. Rachel Allen went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Hillary Nelson went 2 for 3 with a double to lead Westfield at the plate.

“After yesterday’s game (against Franklinville), we got some people well-deserved rest and played all 20 players,” Luder said.

Ripley hosts Clymer today while Westfield travels to Brocton on Tuesday.