Gilman’s hit wins it for Forestville
FORESTVILLE – Lizzy Gilman’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth ended a nine-inning marathon and helped the Forestville Lady Hornets (5-1, 7-1) get revenge on Franklinville with a 1-0 decision in CCAA Division 3 high school softball.
Franklinville handed Forestville its only loss of the season, 3-2, early in the season and Friday’s contest was one Forestville had circled on their calendars.
“I think the girls really wanted to come back and win (Friday),” Forestville coach Bri Hazelton said. “They knew they didn’t play their best the first time around,”
Alisha Szumigala led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double and Cherish Pope reached on a bunt single. Ashley VanBuskirk followed and reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Gilman then stepped to the plate and ripped a single up the middle to score Szumigala as the celebration began.
“Lizzy hadn’t had a hit yet,” Hazelton said. “She just came through. We had the heart of our lineup that inning. I knew they could do it. We had to have some hits in a row. We just couldn’t put it together throughout the game, but we did there.”
Ryanne Dugan was the winning pitcher as she struck out 15, gave up three hits and just one walk.
While Franklinville is just 4-3 on the season in league play, its pitcher Ally Haskell had been able to stymie the Lady Hornets’ bats in both games. She finished with 14 strikeouts, one walk and six hits.
“It’s the pitching,” Hazelton said of Haskell. “I can’t figure it out. She has good location. She hits her spots and we just struggle with her. I cant explain it.”
Pine Valley 14, Panama 7
SOUTH DAYTON – Down 7-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth Friday, the Pine Valley Lady Panthers’ offense erupted for 13 runs en route to a 14-7 come-from-behind victory over CCAA Division 3 softball foe Panama.
“Our girls were just kind of coming up on the first pitch and going at it,” Pine Valley head coach Danielle Arnone said. “Most of the girls only saw one or two pitches and they were getting base hits.”
The Lady Panthers (5-4, 4-4) pounded out 18 hits in all on Panama pitcher Carly Abate, who went the distance and struck out nine without issuing a walk.
“Nineteen hits is pretty good,” Arnone added.
Kayla Mansfield, who started for Pine Valley and gave up six runs, added two hits, including a double and an RBI to help the Lady Panthers’ cause. Also for Pine Valley, Aaren Waterman had three hits, including a double and three RBIs while Amber Riggs (triple), Laural Killock (double, two RBIs) and Cassie Tingue (double, two RBIs) all had two hits in the win.
Alex Bentham picked up the win in relief of Mansfield and allowed a run on four hits while striking out one and walking two.
For Panama, Jessica Leonard and Kirsten Green each had two hits, including a double.
Clymer 10, Chautauqua Lake 7
MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds (3-3, 3-6) collected nine of their 13 hits in the fourth inning to score seven runs and escape with a 10-7 victory over Clymer on Friday in CCAA Division 2 high school softball.
Jessie Herrington recorded the win and a save for the Lady Thunderbirds. She finished with six strikeouts, one walk, and three hits.
Herrington and Chelsea Messinger stroked two hits apiece with each having two RBIs. Also adding two hits apiece were Luci Sena and Ashley Moulton. Sena also stole three bases.
The Lady Thunderbirds will host Maple Grove today at 4 p.m.
Brocton 5, Ellicottville 2
BROCTON – Jess Putcher was not only the winning pitcher on Friday during her team’s CCAA Division 4 softball game against Ellicottville (4-8, 4-4), she also had what turned out to be the deciding hit in a 5-2 win.
Up 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Putcher connected on a three-run home run to put the game out of reach.
“That was the key hit,” Brocton head coach Jeff Franze said. “She walked a few more than we’re used to, but she had good control. We’re fairly happy. We lost to (Ellicottville) the last time, so it was nice to a rebound win.”
In the circle, Putcher went the distance, allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out nine and walking three. She finished with three hits at the plate.
Also for Brocton, Jessica Merle (home run) and Jenna Jusko had two hits each and Morgan Bennett added an RBI fielder’s choice in the home half of the first. Merle’s home run came in the fourth to put the Lady Bulldogs up 2-0.
Cassadaga Valley 15, Randolph 3
RANDOLPH – Alyssa Hahn allowed three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking one as Cassadaga Valley (6-3) won 15-3 over CCAA Division 2 foe Randolph (2-6, 2-6) on Friday.
The Lady Cougars scored two runs in the first, three in both the second and third innings, two more in the fourth and five in the fifth. Jessica Burch (double, RBI), Chrissy Seibert (two RBIs) and Kelcie Brown all had three hits in the win.
For Randolph, Sabrina Jackson had two hits while Brayley Rodunardt added a solo home run. Hilary Clinger suffered the loss in the circle after allowing 15 runs on 16 hits while striking out four and walking one.