WESTFIELD -Tenth-seeded Randolph defeated seventh-seeded Westfield, 6-5, on Tuesday in a Section 6 Class C prequarterfinal softball contest.
The Lady Cardinals will play at Cattaraugus-Little Valley in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Randolph scored three runs in top of the seventh for a 6-3 lead and then held on as Westfield scored two in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Wolverines had the tying run on third and the winning run on second with two outs when winning pitcher Hillary Clinger got a groundout to end the game.
Randolph Hillary Clinger delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s Section 6 Class C prequarterfinal softball game against Westfield. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Mark L. Anderson
Clinger allowed eight hits, four walks and struck out two.
Kaylee Luce and Mandy Finch each had two singles each to lead the Randolph offense.
For Westfield, Hillary Nelson had three singles.
Losing pitcher Kristyn LeBarron allowed seven hits, two walks and struck out five.
LADY COUGARS ROLL
SINCLAIRVILLE - The fifth-seeded Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars received strong performances from players they may have least expected in a 17-0 victory over No. 5 Salamanca
Seventh grader Alyssa Hahn - who was a member of the jayvee team all season - pitched the final two innings and allowed just one walk. She did not give up a hit and struck out four batters in her first ever game on the varsity level.
Meanwhile, Brook Johnson, another jayvee player getting a postseason callup, had two hits with a triple to pace the offense.
Courtney Vahl was the winning pitcher as she threw the first three innings and allowed one walk and a hit while striking out three.
The Lady Cougars broke the game open in the bottom of the third as they sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 11 runs.
Other big hitters for Cassadaga Valley included Ashley Carroll, Brooke Draggett, Kristi Zink and Kelsie Brown as they each had two hits. Brown also drove in three runs.
MAPLE GROVE ADVANCES
BEMUS POINT - Mackenzie Ellis fanned nine, walked only one while giving up 12 hits as No. 4 Maple Grove (13-3) eliminated No. 13 Holland, 12-7.
Lauren Nickerson belted out four hits with a double and knocked in two runs for the Lady Red Dragons. Jordan Ahlstrom drove in three runs with a single and a fielder's choice.
Jessie Babbage had three singles, Chelsea Vine two hits with a triple and Alexis Stenstrom with a double and a single for the winners.
Liza Fischer and Chandis Kafascinski delivered three hits, Katie Lavery a triple and a single in the loss.
Maple Grove hosts No. 5 Cassadaga Valley on Friday.
MERRITT LEADS CLCS
MAYVILLE - Kris Merritt tossed a complete game as No. 8 Chautauqua Lake topped No. 9 Franklinville, 8-6.
Merritt struck out seven and walked four while allowing six runs while helping her own cause with a double, triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. Also for Chautauqua Lake, Ashley Moulton had a pair of hits, including a triple and an RBI while Lauren Cummings added a pair of hits and two RBIs. Luci Sena had two singles.
Chautauqua Lake scored the eventual game-winning runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jessie Herrington led off the frame with a walk and stole second base. Merritt followed with an RBI double.Merritt later moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Cummings' single.
Franklinville jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first inning while Chautauqua Lake was able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Panthers added two more runs in the top of the second, but the Lady Thunderbirds scored four runs in their half of the inning to take a 5-4 lead.
Chautauqua Lake added a run in the bottom of the third, to make the score 6-4, where it stayed until there were two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Anna Ciesla and Linnea Pollock reached on back-to-back singles for the Lady Panthers, before coming home to score on a two-run triple off the bat of Brittany Oyler.
Chautauqua Lake will play a non-league game against Panama today, before traveling to No. 1 Frewsburg in the quarterfinals on Friday.