Defense shines as Dunkirk gets 5-0 shutout

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (7-3) played a sound defensive game and got timely hitting in shutting out Gowanda (4-5), 5-0, Monday in CCAA Division 1 high school softball.

Joyce Bomasuto was the winning pitcher as she went the distance and scattered six hits and struck out three.

Lacey Clark had an impressive day behind the plate as she threw out two Gowanda runners trying to steal second base.

In the fifth inning, the Lady Panthers had the bases loaded with two outs, but Dunkirk’s Lilly Rollins made a catch in the outfield to preserve the shutout.

In the sixth inning, Gowanda had runners on second and third. Dunkirk shortstop Khee Nance fielded a grounder and threw the ball home to get the tag for an out.

“That was a big play for Lacey to hold onto the ball on that play,” Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. “We made real nice decisions throwing the ball where we were supposed to and made sharp plays. We played good, sound defense.”

Dunkirk scored its first run in the first inning as Katie Hanlon singled and scored on a Kelsey Drummond sacrifice fly.

In the sixth, Hanlon reached on a walk and Bomasuto singled. Nance followed that up with an RBI double to score Hanlon and put runners on second and third. Drummond singled to score Bomasuto and a Clark sacrifice fly plated Nance. Sarah Hanlon followed with a double to score Drummond for the 5-0 victory.

Gowanda threatened in the seventh, but Bomasuto closed the door.

“She gutted through it,” Sliwa said. “She faced a lot of batters, but she worked through it. We got good defense when we needed it and got timely hits.”

At the plate, Bomasuto had two hits with a double and Drummond had two hits.

Tia Thompson led Gowanda with three hits and CJ Sawatis doubled in defeat.

Fredonia 13, Falconer 11

FALCONER – The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (8-3, 12-3) and Falconer Lady Golden Falcons took part in a slugfest Monday afternoon in CCAA Division 1 high school softball action.

Falconer belted 19 hits while Fredonia had 13. But in the end, it was the Lady Hillbillies who came out on top with a 13-11 victory.

Fredonia scored two runs in the first four innings for an 8-6 advantage. Only three of those Fredonia runs were earned.

Alicia Deering had an RBI double in the first inning.

Falconer’s Shannon Gunnell had a two-run homer in the second inning.

In the fourth inning, Bre Dahn had an RBI and Deering had a RBI sacrifice fly.

Deering belted a long two-run homer in the fourth inning.

The Lady Golden Falcons got a run back in the sixth as Katie Hines had an RBI hit.

In the seventh inning, Fredonia’s Tess Schober led off with a double and Margaret Wright worked a walk. Maddie Crandall loaded the bases with a bunt single. Morgan Genovese followed with a two-run single.

Falconer did not go down without a fight as it scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jenna Fellows had a two-RBI single and Shannon Gunnell got her fourth hit. Gunnell finished the day 4 for 5 with four RBIs.

McKenna Leid led Fredonia with three hits while Dahn was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Deering had two hits and four RBIs and Maddie Crandall had three singles.

Fredonia coach Joe Pucciarelli also noted the solid play of his team’s outfield as they made seven putouts in the game.