Ripley scores two in 7th to rally past Brocton, 2-1
BROCTON – Ripley (8-3) scored a pair of two-out runs in the top of the seventh to pull off a 2-1 win over CCAA Division 4 foe Brocton (9-3) during softball action at Brocton on Wednesday.
Ryleigh Hawkins singled with one out and scored on a two-out double off the bat of Kalisha Swoger to tie the game 1-all. Emily Trevelline followed with a double of her own to plate Swoger with the eventual game-winning run.
Brocton scored its lone run in the bottom of the first after Jessica Putcher singled, stole second and third base, and scored on a Jessica Merle single.
The two teams had 19 hits combined, but scored just three runs, which was surprising to Brocton coach Jeff Franze.
“I think Ripley threatened every inning,” Franze said. “They hit the ball so well. (Jessica Putcher) is averaging nine strikeouts a game and they only had four (for the game), but if anything, we made a few too many errors. It was a good fast pitch softball game.”
Emilee Steger picked up the win in the circle as she tossed a complete game and allowed a run on nine hits. She struck out seven and walked one while aiding her own cause at the plate with three hits, including a double.
Putcher was the tough-luck loser as she allowed two runs on 10 hits while striking out four and walking two. Merle and Paige Odebralski had two hits in the loss.
On Tuesday, Brocton got past Clymer, 11-3, in another CCAA Division 4 contest, as Merle allowed three runs on 10 hits while striking out 10 and walking one. She helped herself at the plate with two hits and a pair of RBIs.
Also for the Lady Bulldogs, who scored at least one run in every inning, Jenna Jusko had two hits and as many RBIs while Putcher chipped in three hits.
North Collins 17, West Valley 0
NORTH COLLINS – Jessica Lawton allowed just one hit and her offense provided her with plenty of run support as the North Collins Lady Eagles blanked West Valley, 17-0, Wednesday in CCAA Division 4 high school softball action.
Lawton gave up just one hit, one walk and struck out four.
Ericka Bly led the offense with two doubles and four RBIs while Nicole Torrey had a three-run double and scored two runs. Lawton helped her own cause with two hits, three runs scored and as many RBIs. Emily Violanti added two hits with a run scored and an RBI for the winners.
Chautauqua Lake 15, Panama 5
MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua Lake Lady Thunderbirds (7-5, 10-5) received an all-around solid performance Wednesday en route to a 15-5 victory over Panama during Wednesday’s CCAA Division 3 high school softball game.
Top hitters for Chautauqua Lake were Courtney Hewes with a single, double and a triple with two RBIs. Ashley Moulton added a triple and double with an RBI, Jessie Herrington, Luci Sena, Lauren Cummings and Hannah Rauh each added a double and single apiece and an RBI apiece. Sena, Herrington, Rauh and Cummings were honored for Senior Day prior to the start of the game.
Panama’s top hitters were, Jessica Leonard and Kirsten Green with two singles apiece.
Pine Valley 0
SOUTH DAYTON – Forestville’s Ryanne Dugan and the Lady Hornets came out on top in a pitcher’s duel with a 4-0 win over Pine Valley (4-8, 5-8) on Wednesday in CCAA Division 3 high school softball.
Dugan struck out 10, walked one and gave up just three hits. Her counterpart, Jessica Wilcox, also struck out 10, did not allow a walk and also scattered just three hits.
Emily Dillenburg led Forestville’s offense with two hits and Alicia Szumigala had the other hit.
The Lady Panthers received base hits from Ashley Carpenter, Nicole Reinhart and Aaron Waterman.
Olean 12, Gowanda 7
GOWANDA – Despite losing 12-7 to Olean on Wednesday during CCAA Division 1 softball action, Gowanda still managed to come out on top, as it helped raise more than $700 to help Lady Panther Jessica Sowa’s mother defray the costs of her battle with cancer.
Sowa did her part on the field as well, as she went 5 for 5, including a pair of doubles, a triple and five RBIs
“We dedicated the game to her mom,” Gowanda head coach Darlene Pfaffenbach said. “And she just shined. She fought hard like her mom does every day.”
Unfortunately for the Lady Panthers, Sowa’s performance wasn’t enough to lift them past the Lady Huskies.
“Her mom didn’t know (we were going to be giving her the proceeds),” Pfaffenbach said. “A big thanks goes to those who helped make Wednesday a success. To see the community come together like that was awesome.”
Karen Snow and Tia Thompson had three hits each while Markie John suffered the loss in the circle. She lasted just two innings and allowed eight runs on seven hits. CJ Sawatis pitched the last five innings in relief for the Lady Panthers and allowed four runs on nine hits.