North Collins eases past Ellicottville, 21-6

NORTH COLLINS – North Collins (5-0, 3-0) pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of 13 walks Friday afternoon as it took care of Ellicottville (1-5, 1-3), 21-6, in CCAA Division 4 softball action on a cold day in North Collins.

“It was cold and I told them that,” North Collins head coach Jan Warren said. “And they just put it our of their minds and did what they had to.”

The Lady Eagles fell behind after the top of the first innings, but the deficit was short-lived as they scored three runs on walks to Jessica Lawton, Jenna Keppel and Erica Bly.

North Collins increased its lead to 5-1 in the home half of the second on a two-run single off the bat of Nicole Torrey. Then, in the third inning, the Lady Eagles put the game out of reach as they scored five runs on an RBI single off the bat of Emily Violanti and a grand slam home run by Christine Blidy.

“I have a young team,” Warren noted. “And they’re just unafraid. They think they can hit against anyone and they go up (to home plate) and hit the ball hard most of the time.”

A seven-run fourth inning put North Collins up, 17-2, as Sam Gier and Beth Kibler had RBI doubles, Kyle Mathis an RBI single and Torrey and Keppel a two-run single each.

“I’m very happy with the way they’re playing,” Warren said. “And hopefully this can continue into next week.”

Mathis (RBI, three runs), Lawton (RBI, four runs), Torrey (six RBIs, three runs) and Erica Bly (double, triple, 3 RBIs, run) all had two hits while Kibler went 3-for-4, including a double and a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored.

Lawton picked up the complete-game win in the circle for the Lady Eagles, allowing six runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out eight and walking three. Courtney Scanlon suffered the loss for Ellicottville, as she allowed all 21 runs on 15 hits while striking out three and walking 13.