Dunkirk lets big lead slip away in 10-9 defeat

ALLEGANY – The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (7-7, 7-4) squandered a 6-0 first-inning lead Tuesday, as they fell to Allegany-Limestone, 10-9, during CCAA Division 1 softball action.

“We scored six runs on five hits in the first inning,” Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. “Then we stopped playing softball. We started swinging at bad pitches, popping the ball up and not being patient. And we paid dearly for it.”

Kelsey Drummond had a two-run triple in the Lady Marauders’ six-run first while Lacey Clark chipped in an RBI double, Khee Nance an RBI single and Nicole Balzer an RBI ground out.

“(Allegany-Limestone) deserved to win,” Sliwa said. “They hit the ball better, they made us pitch and that’s what will happen until we decide to trust each other.”

Drummond finished with three hits and as many RBIs as she added a run-scoring single in the top of the sixth inning.

“We control our own destiny, but we’ve basically got to win out,” Sliwa noted of his team’s chances of winning the division. “I don’t foresee Fredonia losing, or Olean losing.”

Joyce Bomasuto suffered the loss in the circle after she relieved Sarah Hanlon. Bomasuto allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits while walking four over 3-2/3 innings of work. Hanlon tossed the game’s first 2-1/3 innings and allowed four runs on one hit while striking out one and walking six.

“We can’t pitch like that,” Sliwa said, noting the 10 walks his pitchers issued. “Especially in the third inning when (Allegany-Limestone) scored four runs without hitting the ball.”

Dunkirk and Allegany-Limestone will play again today at Veteran’s Field.

Division 4

North Collins 14, Ripley 10

RIPLEY – North Collins (10-2, 9-1) took care of Ripley (8-2, 7-2), 14-10, in a battle between two of CCAA Division 4’s top softball teams Tuesday afternoon at Ripley.

North Collins took advantage of 11 walks handed out by Ripley’s Ryleigh Hawkins, who was pressed into duty and made her first varsity start.

“I was impressed with their patience,” North Collins coach Jan Warren said. “And the fact that they were taking walks and letting their teammates do what they do by waiting for their pitch and hitting the ball hard and putting it in play.”

Jessica Lawton went the distance for North Collins as she allowed 10 runs on 13 hits while striking out four. She added a pair of hits at the plate to help her own cause while Sam Gier went 3 for 3.

“Our Achilles Heel is our defense,” Warren noted. “We’re letting balls skid by us in the outfield, but I think (Lawton) was getting her pitches up a little bit. That’s when they started hitting her, but their top four can hit.”

Also for North Collins, Erika Bley went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Beth Kibbler had a 2-for-3 afternoon, including a triple.

For Ripley, Ryleigh Hawkins went 2 for 4 including a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. It was what she did on the mound, however, that impressed her coaches.

“This is the first varsity game she has ever pitched,” Ripley assistant coach Larry Holland said. “We were really proud of her. Our number one pitcher couldn’t make it, so she pitched. I’m so proud of her I can’t stand it.”

Hawkins, a sophomore, allowed 14 runs on 12 hits while striking out three in place of normal starter Emilee Steger.

“She had never pitched a full game before,” Holland added. “And we had to change our infield around, but she battled.”

Sam Trevelline added a pair of hits and an RBI for Ripley while Shanda Mellors went 3 for 4, including a triple and two RBIs. Jackie Colburn (double, RBI) chipped in a pair of hits in the loss while Mel McCutcheon added a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth.

“She hit it up to the boys’ field,” Holland noted. “She hit a shot.”

The win was a big one for North Collins, as it put the Lady Eagles in position to win the division title.

“That (win) guaranteed us at least a share of the league championship,” Warren said. “But (Ripley) can hit. They’re good hitters.”

North Collins will host Ripley on Friday.

Division 3

Forestville 7, Westfield 0

FORESTVILLE – For the second time in as many days, Forestville’s Ryan Dugan was nearly flawless in leading the Lady Hornets (7-1, 9-1) past Westfield once again, 7-0, Tuesday in CCAA Division 3 high school softball.

On Monday, Dugan fanned 15 against the Lady Wolverines in a 6-0 win. On Tuesday, she followed it up with 10 strikeouts in six innings of work while giving up just one hit.

“Westfield is a very, very good hitting team,” Forestville coach Bri Hazelton said. “I think Ryanne was just hitting her spots and her pitches were working well. They have a lot of girls with a lot of power.”

Alisha Szumigala pitched the final frame for Forestville and struck out the side and allowed just one hit.

The Lady Hornets scored five runs in the first inning as Szumigala, Precious Kaczor and Emily Markham each had an RBI single.

Emily Dillenburg finished with two hits for the winners.

Forestville hosts Panama today.