Dillenburg lifts Lady Hornets to win

FREWSBURG – Emily Dillenburg saw to it that Frewsburg’s Alumni Day was spoiled Tuesday as she drove in five of Forestville’s eight runs in the top of the seventh inning as the Lady Hornets (14-2) dropped the Bears (14-5), 9-2, during non-league softball action.

“It is what it is,” Frewsburg head coach Jon Blanchard said. “Forestville is a tough little team. They have a tough pitcher and they never give up.”

Dillenburg drove in three runs with a home run in the seventh and then added a two-run single. She finished with three hits on the afternoon to help back Ryanne Dugan, who tossed a complete game, allowed two runs on six hits and struck out seven.

“She’s definitely, toward the end of the season, been improving,” Forestville head coach Brianne Hazelton said. “And that’s why she’s our leadoff hitter. She rarely strikes out and she was on (Sam Mott) the whole game. And when we needed her, she came through with a nice hit.”

Cherish Pope added a pair of hits for the Lady Hornets in the win, which helped Hazelton defeat her alma mater.

“It was Alumni Day and Brianne is a Frewsburg alumna that I coached and she came in and ruined the day,” Blanchard said jokingly. “She didn’t really ruin the day. We’re real proud of her down here.”

“It was a nice win for us,” Hazelton added. “The first year we went down and played them, they beat us pretty good. And last year we won 2-0 in a close game. Jon and I have a little bit of a rivalry with him being my former coach and it was a really nice game between two good teams.”

Sam Mott suffered the loss in the circle for the Bears after allowing nine runs (four earned) on the day.

The Lady Hornets, the No. 1 team in the Section 6 Class D softball playoffs will square off against No. 8 West Valley while the Bears, the No. 1 team in the Section 6 Class C playoffs will host No. 8 Allegany-Limestone. Both games are scheduled for 5 p.m. starts on Friday.