Gowanda opens season with convincing wins

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Lady Panthers put together two fine performances as they took care of Salamanca, 17-0 and 13-0, in a CCAA East I doubleheader.

In the first game, Gowanda freshman pitcher Da:’Di Jones threw a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Ally Keller paced the offense with a single, double and three RBI. Jess Sowa was a perfect 4-for-4 with a homer, triple and two singles while knocking in three runs. Jones helped her own cause with three hits, including a homer, and three RBI. Sydney Gominiak had three hits and five RBI.

In the second game, Tia Thompson threw a one-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks for the Lady Panthers.

Freshman Rae White had three hits with a double and an RBI while Sowa continued to swing a hot bat with three hits and three RBI. Thompson had three hits with a double and Taylor Olson had two hits with a double and two RBI. Melissa Farley was 3 for 3 with three RBI in the win.

Gowanda hosts Lake Shore on Friday.

East II

North Collins 23, West Valley 5

NORTH COLLINS – The North Collins Lady Eagles (1-1, 1-1) pounded out 20 hits Wednesday afternoon en route to a convincing 23-5 win over West Valley in CCAA East II softball action.

The Lady Eagles scored nine runs in the second, three in the third, five in the fourth and six more in the sixth and were aided by the three-hit performances of Nicole Torrey (two RBIs), Arrika Bley (five RBIs) and Sam Gier (two runs). Also for the Lady Eagles, Jasmine Filkov (double, three RBIs), Morgan Lawton (two RBIs), Beth Kibler (two doubles, four RBIs), Jenna Keppel (double) and Emily Violanti (double, two RBIs) all had two hits each.

Gier was the winning pitcher as she allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking three over four innings of work. Lawton finished up allowing three runs on four hits while striking out one and walking two.

West I

Jamestown 14, Silver Creek 0

SILVER CREEK – Jenny Pearl and Christina Williams were the lone bright spots for Silver Creek on Wednesday as the Black Knights dropped a 14-0 decision to Jamestown in CCAA West I high school softball.

Jamestown pitcher Mary Cersosino yielded just three hits and a walk for the winners.

Pearl had two hits and Williams had the team’s third hit.

Silver Creek takes on Frewsburg today.

West II

Westfield 13, Brocton 6

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Lady Wolverines (3-0, 2-0) received contributions throughout the lineup Wednesday in defeating Brocton, 13-6, in CCAA West II high school softball.

Carson Hauser led the way with two hits, including a triple, and three runs scored. Rachel Allen had two hits and also scored three runs. Savannah Rowan had two doubles and as many RBI while Laura Tofil had two hits to drive in three runs. Olivia Knapp had two hits and scored a pair of runs and Courtney Morrison had her first varsity hit with a double in the fifth inning.

Tofil was the winning pitcher as she scattered nine hits, walked five and fanned seven.

The Lady Bulldogs received a triple from Jess Merle. Morgan Bennett had two hits with a double and three RBI. She also scored a run while Jess Delcamp added an RBI for Brocton.

Westfield travels to Ripley today to take on Chautauqua Lake.

CLCS 20, Panama 5

RIPLEY – Chautauqua Lake (2-0, 2-0) used a trio of pitchers and a healthy dose of offense and Panama errors Wednesday afternoon as it downed the Lady Panthers (0-2, 0-2), 20-5, in CCAA West II softball action.

The Lady Thunderbirds scored eight runs in the bottom of the second on three hits, a walk and two errors, before the Lady Panthers made a game of it in their half of the third. Panama scored five runs on three hits and took advantage of a walk and two Chautauqua Lake errors.

But the Lady Thunderbirds were able to salt the game away as they scored two runs in the fourth, two more in the fifth and eight in the sixth.

Ryleigh Hawkins led the Lady Thunderbirds at the plate with three hits, including a double while Courtney Hewes and Mel McCutcheon (double) each had two hits.

Panama was led on offense by Natalie Torres and Madalyn Bowen, who each had a single and a double in a losing effort.

Olivia Anderson started in the circle for the Lady Thunderbirds and allowed eight runs (three earned) on three hits while striking out one and walking two. Emilee Steger tossed the fourth and fifth innings for the home team and allowed a hit while striking out one and walking two. Ashton Albanesius finished up for the Lady Thunderbirds, allowing a hit while striking out one and walking as many.

Carly Abate suffered the loss in the circle for Panama after she allowed 20 runs on 12 hits while striking out five and walking four.