Finally in full swing

OBSERVER?Staff Reports

BROCTON – Both teams received solid performances from their starting pitchers, but in the end it was the Westfield Lady Wolverines (6-1) who came away with a 6-3 victory over the Brocton Lady Bulldogs (3-3, 2-2) in a CCAA West II softball matchup on Thursday.

The offenses got off to a slow start as starting pitching controlled the game for both sides early in the contest.

With the score tied 1-all entering the fourth, Westfield broke out with three runs to take a 4-1 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs pulled within two runs in the fifth, but Westfield once again distanced itself by scoring two runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Carson Hauser went the distance in the circle for Westfield in the win. She allowed six hits while striking out four and walking none.

Hauser also helped her cause at the plate with two hits, including an RBI.

Savannah Rowan added two RBIs in the win.

Jess Merle was strong in the loss. Merle struck out 11 in a complete-game effort while walking four and allowing five hits.

Brocton will travel to Cassadaga Valley on Monday, May 5.

On Monday, April 28, Brocton battled back with a big inning, dashing Clymer’s hopes of getting a victory as the Lady Bulldogs came away with a 12-10 win in eight innings.

The Lady Pirates (0-4) led 8-4 going into the top of the sixth inning, but Brocton exploded for six runs to pull ahead.

Winning pitcher Jess Merle gave up two walks with seven strikeouts in the complete-game victory and also doubled and singled, driving home three runs.

Jess Delcamp drilled a triple and two singles with an RBI, and Abby VanHout had a double and single with one RBI.

For Clymer, Tatum Mielewski connected for two triples and an RBI, Sydney Beal had a double and two singles with two RBIs and Rachel James and Courtney Newton both added three hits.

Brianna Summers took the loss with six strikeouts and eight walks.


Cattaraugus-Little Valley 15, Forestville 0

FORESTVILLE – Sarah Crandall and the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Lady Timberwolves blanked Forestville, 15-0, Thursday in CCAA East II high school softball.

In the circle, Crandall struck out nine and scattered just three hits. At the plate, she went 3 for 4 with a homer.

Alisha Szumigala was the losing pitcher as she struck out 10 and allowed 14 hits. The Lady Hornets also committed seven errors in the game.

Ashley VanBuskirk went 2 for 3 with a triple in the loss.

“I think they realize they didn’t play to their potential,” Forestville coach Brianne Hazelton said. “We host Ellicottville (today) and hope we forget about (Thursday) and come out and play like we know how and like I have seen them play.”