Fredonia wins another slugfest

The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (13-3, 9-3) have given up 38 hits in the past two games and still found a way to win both.

Wednesday’s slugfest came against Gowanda, and despite trailing 12-11 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Hillbillies got clutch hits to pull out another improbable 13-12 victory in CCAA Division 1 high school softball.

Gowanda started the scoring in the first as Alexa Farner had an RBI base hit to highlight a two-run inning.

Fredonia’s Alicia Deering cut the deficit in half with a solo homer.

The Lady Panthers responded with four runs in the fourth inning, as Farner drove in two more runs.

The home team answered back with six runs in the bottom half as Nicole Szymczak, Deering and Margaret Wright each had RBI hits. Baylee Tarnowski drove in two runs to make the score 7-6.

Karen Snow’s RBI base hit made the score 7-7 in the top of the fifth.

But in the bottom of the fifth, Fredonia’s McKenna Leid and Tarnowski each had an RBI hit to highlight a three-run frame and give the home team a 10-7 edge.

Fredonia added to the lead in the sixth as Deering scored on a Szymczak sacrifice fly.

But in the seventh inning when it looked as if Gowanda would go away, it did not, as it scored five runs highlighted by a two-run triple by Farner to give the visitors a 12-11 lead.

The Lady Hillbillies responded in the bottom of the seventh as Tarnowski had an RBI hit to tie the score and Bre Dahn tripled to drive in pinch runner Savannah Rivera for the game-winning run.

Tarnowski finished 3 for 5 with four RBIs while Deering was 4 for 4 with two RBIs. Leid had three hits with an RBI while Szymczak and Dahn each had two hits for the winners.

The Lady Panthers were led by Farner’s three hits and four RBIs, Tia Thompson’s four hits, Karen Snow’s three hits with an RBI and Malyssa Farley’s four hits.

Dunkirk 10, Allegany-Limestone 3

Sometimes you learn from mistakes.

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (8-4, 8-7) did just that as they rebounded from a 10-9 loss to Allegany-Limestone (5-7) on Tuesday with a 10-3 victory over the same team Wednesday in CCAA Division 1 high school softball.

“We have to continue to get better,” Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. “This was a tougher challenge. The pitcher (Wednesday) was slower than the one we faced (Tuesday). We adjusted well. I told the girls we want to play our best ball from the beginning of May on. There is no room to fall down after that. Today we adjusted our game nicely.”

A key difference for the Lady Marauders was their patience at the plate as they drew several walks.

Dunkirk took five walks in the second inning alone.

Lacey Clark gave the home team a comfortable cushion in the fourth inning with a three-run triple.

“I wish we would have done the same (Tuesday),” Sliwa said. “We have to be patient. That was the difference. The balls we hit were harder. There were several deep line drives. That’s better.”

Joyce Bomasuto contributed in the win with three hits.

Aimee Kaufman was the winning pitcher as she scattered seven hits and gave up just one earned run. She struck out five and walked four.

“This was her second good outing for her this year,” Sliwa noted. “She was better today. She kept her walk total down and let her defense play ball. She settled in and pitched.”

Dunkirk will celebrate Senior Night on Friday when it hosts Jamestown.