Lady Cougars commit 10 errors as Lady T’birds prevail

RIPLEY – Poor field conditions shifted Tuesday’s CCAA West II softball game between Chautauqua Lake (9-1) and Cassadaga Valley (3-5) to the softball field in Ripley, where the Lady Thunderbirds took care of the Lady Cougars, 9-2.

The Lady Thunderbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning and never looked back as they took advantage of 10 Lady Cougar errors.

“We’ve been struggling on defense all year,” Cassadaga Coach Ken Balling said. “And it continues to be a major struggle. We were hoping for a bit more offense, but (Ashton Albanesius) pitched a great game and they played great defense.”

Albanesius tossed a complete game, allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five while walking two. At the plate, the Lady Thunderbirds were led by Courtney Hewes, who chipped in a triple and three RBIs. Also for Chautauqua Lake, Emiliee Steger had a pair of hits.

Chautauqua Lake added two runs in the third, one in the fourth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh while Cassadaga Valley scored its two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

“We have four (league) games left to try and get in and I don’t know how that’s going to happen,” Balling said. “Hopefully the end of the week will turn out better than it went (Tuesday).”

Alyssa Hahn was the tough-luck losing pitcher, as she allowed nine runs (none earned) on seven hits while striking out four and walking one. She also hit three batters. Jenny Caskey had a pair of hits and an RBI in the loss.

Cassadaga Valley hosts Westfield today while Chautauqua Lake plays at Clymer on Thursday.