Chautauqua Lake offense erupts in win

SOUTH DAYTON – The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds pounded out 17 hits to take down the Pine Valley Lady Panthers, 11-7, Wednesday in CCAA Division 3 high school softball.

After a rocky start, Chautauqua Lake pitcher Lauren Cummings settled in and scattered just four hits in the final six innings.

The Lady Thunderbirds sealed the win in the sixth inning with a three-run frame.

Ashley Moulton led the attack with three hits and was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Cummings, Courtney Hewes and Hannah Rauh each had three hits with an RBI for the winners. Gina Sena had a triple for Chautauqua Lake.

Alex Bentham had three hits with two doubles and Aaren Waterman had two hits for the Lady Panthers.

CCAA?Division 4

North Collins 19,

Clymer 3

CLYMER – North Collins (8-2, 6-1) pounded out 25 hits and scored 19 runs Wednesday as it cruised past Clymer, 19-3, in CCAA Division 4 softball action.

“(JoLinda Rhodes) was throwing (the ball) over the plate and they were hitting it,” North Collins head coach Jan Warren said. “It was good to see them swing at good pitches, and that’s what I wanted them to do.

“Next week is when I really want them to heat up,” Warren continued, noting his team will play four league games, including two against Ripley. “Those two games against Ripley are going to be huge for both teams.”

Christine Blidy had a pair of triples and a double as part of a 4-for-5 effort that saw her drive in four runs and score two more. Sam Gier went 4 for 4 with an RBI in the win while Jenna Keppel and Beth Kibbler added three hits and two RBIs each. Also for the Lady Eagles, Erica Bley went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and winning pitcher Jessica Lawton went 3 for 6 with a pair of RBIs. Lawton allowed four hits and struck out five over five scoreless innings while not issuing a walk.

“She was hitting her spots and making (Clymer) hit the ball,” Warren said. “She didn’t walk anybody and that’s normal for her. She was making them put the ball in play and we played good defense behind her. We didn’t make any errors.”

North Collins will be back in action on Monday when they travel to take on division foe Ellicottville.

“We just have to stay focused and do what we do,” Warren concluded.

Non-League

Brocton 10,?Westfield 1

BROCTON – To say Brocton’s Jess Merle has been sensational the past three games would be an understatement.

Merle is 10 for 13 at the plate the past three games, including a 4-for-5 performance Wednesday in leading the Lady Bulldogs (5-2, 6-3) past Westfield (3-3, 3-7), 10-1, in non-league softball action.

Merle had a double and four RBIs to lead the offense. Brocton hammered out 15 hits.

“Jess Merle has been extraordinary,” Brocton coach Jeff Franze said. “I knew she was a good hitter, but she is hitting the ball very well against fairly good pitching. We will need that down the road.”

Brooke Kuschel was 3 for 4 with an RBI while Jessica Putcher was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and a triple. Kayde Putcher contributed in the win with three hits, a triple and two RBIs.

Jessica Putcher was the winning pitcher as she allowed three hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.

Rachel Allen was the lone bright spot for the Lady Wolverines with a triple.

“I was pleased with every facet of the game,” Franze said. “It was a nice non-league game. You only get better by playing these games.”

The Lady Bulldogs are home Friday against Ellicottville.