North Collins claims Division 4 crown with win

NORTH COLLINS – The North Collins Lady Eagles (11-1) are now CCAA Division 4 high school softball champions after a 14-3 win over the Sherman Lady Wildcats Thursday.

North Collins won the title by a full two games over Brocton (9-3) and Ripley (9-3), who finished in a tie for second place.

“I didn’t expect it,” Lady Eagles coach Jan Warren said. “We’re a young team with a lot of sophomores starting. I didn’t expect this at all and they came right out of the gate and played well.

“They’re putting the ball in play and making teams play it. I’m pleasantly surprised, but did I think they could do it? Yes.

“I’m just happy for them and proud for them and it’s great to see them do this.”

Jessica Lawton earned the win on the hill for North Collins as she tossed a complete game, allowed three earned runs on three hits, walked two and struck out eight.

“I thought they played well defensively,” Warren said. “Jessica was getting the ball over the plate and making them hit it. She struck out eight so we had to make 10 plays.”

Jenna Keppel paced the Lady Eagle bats after going 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two RBI and two triples.

Nicole Torrey had a 2-for-4 day with a double, a triple and four RBI.

Christine Bildy added two hits, a triple, an RBI and three runs scored.

Next up for North Collins is a quarterfinal matchup with Clymer a week from today, a team they beat twice this year.

“And now the fun starts,” Warren said.

Non-League Softball

Silver Creek 7,

Brocton 4

BROCTON – The Brocton Lady Bulldogs had an uncharacteristic day in the field Thursday as the Silver Creek Black Knights were handed a 7-4 victory in non-league high school softball action.

The Lady Bulldogs committed five errors in the first inning which resulted in six of Silver Creek’s seven runs.

“It was the worst defense we played all year,” Brocton coach Jeff Franze said.

Allison Harford was the winning pitcher with five strikeouts, six hits and four walks.

Christina Williams led the Silver Creek offense with three hits while Jenny Pearl and Cora Utegg each had two hits. Utegg had a double.

For Brocton, Jessica Merle was the losing pitcher as she fanned seven, walked five and surrendered 11 hits.

Brooke Kuschel led the Lady Bulldogs’ offense with two hits.