Dunkirk wins one, drops one to Lady Trojans

OBSERVER?Staff Reports

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (4-3) played an action-packed CCAA West I doubleheader against the Southwestern Lady Trojans on Thursday and came away with a split after two games filled with late-game lead changes.

In Game 2, Dunkirk pulled out an 8-7 victory in 11 innings.

With the score tied at 5-all heading into the 11th inning, Southwestern scored two runs in the top of the inning to take a 7-5 lead.

Dunkirk came to bat in the bottom of the 11th with a runner at second base with no outs – per the International Tie-Breaker rules.

Carissa Dunn led off with a single followed by another single by Sarah Hanlon to load the bases for Maddy Crandall.

With the pressure on, Crandall answered with a bases-clearing double to give the Lady Marauders a one-run victory in extra innings.

Riley Drummond entered the game in the sixth inning and pitched the remainder of the contest to earn the victory after allowing only two earned runs on two hits while striking out five and walking three.

“She was amazing,” Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said of Drummond. “We had ample opportunities to win it in the eighth, ninth and 10th, but got nothing out of it. They scored two runs in the 11th, and there were errors behind (Drummond), but for an eighth grader she handled it like a veteran.”

Aimee Kaufman got the start for Dunkirk in Game 2.

Earlier in the contest, Dunkirk trailed 5-2 in the seventh inning when Quinn Bankoski ripped a three-run double to tie the game and force extra innings, allowing Crandall’s late-game heroics.

“Maddy Crandall really stepped up (Thursday),” Sliwa said. “She is becoming a really good hitter and is believing in herself. That’s the most fun I’ve had coaching a game in a long, long time. We finished under the lights and got an exciting, extra-inning win. You can’t ask for much more.”

In Game 1, the Lady Marauders held a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning, but Southwestern scored two runs in the final inning to earn a 6-5 victory.

After two Southwestern singles and a sacrifice, a pair of passed balls allowed the final two runs to score for the Lady Trojan victory.

Sydney Burke earned the complete-game victory, allowing seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Hanlon took the complete-game loss, striking out six and walking five while allowing seven hits.

Crandall led the offense with three hits and two RBIs.

Dunkirk plays Falconer today at Promenschenkel Stadium.

Fredonia 5, Jamestown 2

On Thursday, for the first time this season, the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies’ softball team (8-0, 6-0) faced a deficit.

The Jamestown Lady Red Raiders held a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but weren’t able to hold on as Fredonia stormed back to earn a hard-fought 5-2 victory in a CCAA West I matchup.

Jamestown opened the scoring in the top of the first when Mary Cersosimo launched a home run to give the visitors an early lead.

The Lady Red Raiders added another run in the second and held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the second.

From there, it was all Fredonia as the Lady Hillbilly bats got hot and starting pitcher Baylee Tarnowski settled in.

Katie Webster’s RBI double in the bottom of the second scored Morgan Genovese with two outs.

In the fourth, Fredonia added two runs to take its first lead of the game at 3-2.

The Lady Hillbillies added two more runs in the sixth to seal the victory.

Tarnowski pitched a complete game in the win, allowing five hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Mekenna Leid led the Fredonia offense with a 2-for-4 performance including a double and an RBI.

Genovese finished 2-for-3 at the plate and made multiple stand-out plays on defense while Webster was 1 for 1 with a double and an RBI.

Cersosimo went the distance in the loss, striking out one and walking two while allowing seven hits.

Fredonia is set to play a doubleheader today at Westfield.