Opportunistic Dunkirk downs Pine Valley, 4-3

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DUNKIRK – Jessica Wilcox struck out 14 for the Pine Valley Lady Panthers, but in the end, it was the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (8-7) who came away with a 4-3 win in non-league softball action on Monday.

Carissa Dunn’s RBI single in the sixth inning scored Nicole Balzer for what proved to be the winning run.

Balzer reached on an error, stole second and reached third base on a passed ball before being plated by Dunn.

Maddy Crandall started the scoring in the first with an RBI single.

Dunkirk scored two more runs in the third despite not having a hit in the inning.

Wilcox dominated the Lady Marauder batters when she found the zone, but seven walks and three hit batters proved costly.

“You have to work the strikeout pitchers,” Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. “We had some battles. We worked her and made her throw a lot of pitches. She is the fastest pitcher we have faced all year. We made the best of our walks and hits.”

Pine Valley got on the board first with a two-RBI triple by Alex Bentham. Bentham also had an RBI double in the third for the Panthers only other run.

Aimee Kaufman picked up the win in relief, going three innings and striking out one while walking as many.

Westfield 8, Cassadaga Valley 3

Cassadaga Valley 19, Clymer 11

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars went 1-1 Monday in completing two games which were previously halted due to weather.

In the first game – a continuation from May 14 – the Lady Cougars fell to Westfield, 8-3.

Laura Tofil was the winning pitcher as she fanned eight, walked four and surrendered six hits and no earned runs. Alyssa Hahn was the losing pitcher as she truck out 10, walked eight, gave up seven hits and just one earned run.

Rachel Allen and Savannah Rowan led Westfield’s offense with two hits each. Both also had a double while Allen drove in two runs.

Brooke Johnson led Cassadaga Valley with three hits including a triple while Alicia Guichard had two hits and as many RBIs.

With the win, Westfield tied Chautauqua Lake for the CCAA West II Division crown.

In the second game, Cassadaga Valley (4-6) defeated Clymer, 19-11.

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Hahn was the winning pitcher with 10 strikeouts.

The Lady Cougars benefited from 12 walks. Guichard once again led the offense with three hits and four RBIs. Rebecca Rothleder, Alyssa Watts and Jenna Caskey each had two hits in the win.

Clymer (2-8) was led by Miranda Marucci and Lauren Dunnewold, who both had two hits.

Ellicottville 18, Forestville 16

FORESTVILLE – What a difference a week makes.

After trailing 8-2 last Wednesday before the rain struck, the Ellicottville Lady Eagles came back Monday and rallied past Forestville for the 18-16 victory.

Ellicottville tied the score 8-all in the top of the fourth inning Monday. After two lead changes, the score was tied 10-10 after five innings.

After six innings, Forestville held a 15-13 lead, but Ellicottville scored five runs to rally for the win.

Forestville’s offense was led by Emily Narraway as she had three hits with a triple and drove in four runs while Ashley VanBuskirk had two hits with a double.

For Ellicottville, winning pitcher Courtney Scanlan had three hits with a homer and a double while Kayla Bunkleman had four hits.