Falconer tops Forestville, 3-0, in non-leaguer

FORESTVILLE – The Falconer Lady Golden Falcons scored all the runs they needed in the top of the third inning en route to a 3-0 non-league softball win over the Forestville Lady Hornets on Friday.

“Falconer is a good team,” Forestville head coach Brianne Hazelton said. “They played very well. I think the difference was they didn’t make any errors and we did and it cost us the game. And we couldn’t hit when we needed to. We had runners in scoring position several times, but we couldn’t get that timely hit.”

Falconer scored its run on a two-RBI single off the bat of Shannon McFall and an RBI double by Shannon Gunnell.

“We just had a few errors that inning and they capitalized,” Hazelton said. “But that was it. Ryanne (Dugan) came back and didn’t allow another run.”

Dugan allowed the Golden Falcons’ runs on three hits, as she struck out nine and didn’t issue a walk.

The Lady Hornets had their fair share of chances to score, but they failed to push a run across in the fifth with a runner on third and no outs while also failing to score in the sixth with runners at second and third and one out.

“We had a bunch of innings where we had people on base,” Hazelton said, “but the hits weren’t coming at the right time.”

Emily Dillenburg, Alisha Szumigala (double), Cherish Pope, Ashley VanBuskirk and Bayleigh Raynor accounted for the Forestville hits.

North Collins 9, Silver Creek 6

SILVER CREEK – Jessica Lawton allowed four earned runs Friday as North Collins (14-3) edged Silver Creek (3-15), 9-6, during non-league softball action.

“She threw well,” North Collins head coach Jan Warren said. “She kept them off balanced. Her changeup, she was getting it over and they didn’t know when it was coming. She’s done an awesome job for us all year. She’s pitched and come up with key hits for us. She’s had a great senior year. She should be proud, I am.”

Lawton allowed six runs total on five hits while striking out seven and walking two. Ericka Bley (run), Sam Gier (two RBIs, run) and Beth Kibler (triple, two RBIs) all had two hits for the Lady Eagles while Jenna Keppel and Lawton both tripled.

For Silver Creek, Jenny Pearl went 2 for 4 with an RBI and three runs scored to back losing pitcher Courtney Cummings who allowed nine runs – seven earned – on nine hits while striking out three and walking seven.

“It was nice to end (the regular season) with a victory,” Warren said. “And against a school that’s from a bigger class. I’m really excited and we can’t wait to start this final push.”

The Lady Eagles will host Clymer in a Class D playoff game either Wednesday or Friday next week.