JV callup helps Lady Cougars rally

SINCLAIRVILLE – Before Monday’s CCAA West II high school softball game, Cassadaga Valley coach Ken Balling brought up Alexis Ruiz from the jayvee team.

Ruiz did not disappoint her coach as she had one RBI and scored two runs, including the game-winner as the Lady Cougars (1-2, 1-5) rallied past Brocton (5-4, 3-3), 6-5, in CCAA West II high school softball.

Trailing, 5-4, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Ruiz ripped an RBI single to tie the score. The next batter hit a roller to the third baseman whose throw got past the first baseman. Ruiz raced around the bases and scored from first on the error for the game-winning run.

“She had a big game for a jayvee player,” Balling said. “She did a great job.”

Alyssa Hahn was the winning pitcher as she threw a complete-game with 12 strikeouts with one walk.

“That was huge,” Balling said. “I knew we would struggle defensively and Alyssa was going to keep us in games. We just need to score runs.”

For the Lady Bulldogs, Jess Merle had a double and a three-run triple while Morgan Bennett had an RBI.

The Lady Cougars are at Clymer today.

Westfield 6,

Chautauqua Lake 5

The Westfield Lady Wolverines (9-2, 7-1) scored six runs in the first two innings and held off a late Chautauqua Lake (10-5, 5-1) rally for a 6-5 victory Monday in CCAA West II high school softball.

The win puts the two teams in a tie for first place.

Catherine Catalano got the Lady Wolverines’ offense going as she led off the bottom of the first inning with a homer. Laura Tofil and Taylor Kassman each had RBI singles in the frame for the quick 3-0 lead.

In the second inning, the home team increased the lead, 6-0, as Catalano scored on a RBI single from Rachel Allen. Carson Hauser and Allen each scored on the same passed ball to account for the team’s runs the rest of the way.

The Lady Thunderbirds’ attempt at a comeback came in the fourth inning as Ashley Moulton had an RBI single. Chautauqua Lake loaded the bases with one out, but Westfield pitcher Tofil escaped the jam.

In the sixth inning, the visitors scored four more runs as Moulton ripped her third hit of the day to get on base and Emilee Steger, Ashton Albanesius and Jade Walsh each had RBI hits – Walsh’s hit being a two-run triple.

In the seventh inning, the Lady Thunderbirds threatened as they loaded the bases once again. However, Tofil escaped the jam and did not allow a run for the 6-5 victory.

“Laura showed a lot of composure,” Westfield coach Dave Luder said. “She had a rough sixth inning and she had bases loaded and could have gone in the tank, but she pitched her way out.”

Mel McCutcheon had two hits in defeat.

For Westfield, the top three hitters in the lineup – Catalano, Hauser and Allen – each had two hits.

CCAA?East II

Pine Valley 11, Ellicottville 3

SOUTH DAYTON – The Pine Valley Lady Panthers (5-3, 5-2) hosted the Ellicottville Lady Eagles on Monday and came away with an 11-3 victory in CCAA East II softball action.

Jessica Wilcox earned the win with a five inning, three hit performance in which she struck out seven and walked five while allowing two runs.

Kayla Mansfield had a double and two RBIs in the win while Alex Bentham (two RBIs) and Wilcox (RBI) each added two singles.

Liz Wendel had a single and two RBIs for Ellicottville while Courtney Antholzaer took the loss in the circle, going two innings while allowing seven hits and six runs.

CCAA?East I

Gowanda 8, Randolph 1

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Lady Panthers (10-1) received solid pitching and a balanced offensive attack in an 8-1 victory over Randolph on Monday in CCAA East I high school softball.

Taylor Olson and Da:’ Di’ Jones shared the mound and allowed nine hits.

The offense was led by Ally Keller, who went 3 for 4 with two singles and a double. Tia Thompson doubled and drove in two runs. while Jess Sowa went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Olson and Jones helped their cause with an RBI single apiece. Sydney Gominiak had two hits with an RBI for the winners.

ECIC?Division 2

Lake Shore 11,

Sweet Home 0

Lake Shore 2,

Sweet Home 0

ANGOLA – The Lake Shore Lady Eagles (3-6, 3-3) swept Sweet Home, 11-0, and 2-0, Monday in a doubleheader of ECIC Division 2 softball action.

Darien Evans led the offense with a solo homer in both games.

In the opening game, Jessica Ackley was the winning pitcher with eight strikeouts and five hits in seven innings of work.

Olivia Evancho had three hits with two RBIs while Jordan Scholl had two hits and three RBIs.

In the second game, Allison Flores was in complete control in the circle as she gave up just two hits while striking out four and walking one.

Evans scored a run in the second inning off a Emma Franco hit.