DEPEW - When the Section 6 softball seeding meeting came to a close late Thursday night at Depew High School, the brackets - at least for Classes C and D - didn't look a whole lot different than they have over the past few years.
And for two area squads, that's just fine.
For the third straight season Frewsburg earned the top seed in Class C while for the second time in as many years the Forestville Lady Hornets are ranked No. 1 in Class D.
Now all that remains to be seen is if the pair can duplicate their previous successes, and the odds are good.
Frewsburg, which has won two straight Section 6 titles and has made consecutive trips the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state tournament in Queensbury, expects to make it three in a row this year after clinching yet another Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 crown.
The Bears, who sprinted out to a perfect 11-0 record before faltering for the first time in league play on Wednesday against second-seeded Cassadaga Valley (8-4), earned a bye into the quarterfinal round and will kick-off postseason play on May 24 when they host the winner of the No. 8 Allegany-Limestone (4-8) and No. 9 Westfield (5-7) prequarterfinal showdown that will take place three days earlier.
Given that Allegany-Limestone is a CCAA Division 1 team and Westfield is a Division 3 squad, Frewsburg has yet to face either this season.
Behind Frewsburg and Cassadaga Valley, which will host the Maple Grove-Barker winner on May 24, Cattaraugus-Little Valley is No. 3 and Portville is No. 4. Both squads finished the year with an identical 8-4 league record.
Portville, which has reached the sectional title game in two straight seasons only to fall to Frewsburg, will likely face the Bears a bit earlier this season - the two, should they win their first games, will meet in the semifinals.
Chautauqua Lake, a five seed, plays its first game against No. 12 Salamanca on May 21.
Forestville, meanwhile, despite being tied with North Collins with an 11-1 mark, took the top spot in Class D. The Lady Hornets have had much success over the past two seasons, taking the sectional crown in each, but have suffered defeat in both Far West Regional appearances.
They're hoping they can change that this time around.
Forestville opens its playoff schedule with a 4:45 p.m., contest with No. 8 (and winless) West Valley in the quarterfinals, and then will take on either fourth-seeded Ripley (9-3) or fifth-seeded Ellicottville (7-5) on May 28.
Putting the odds heavily in the Lady Hornets' favor is ace Ryanne Dugan, who at one point during the season enjoyed a 41-inning scoreless streak.
In Class B-2, Southwestern's bounce-back season hit another positive note when the squad earned a No. 8 seed and a home playoff game. The Lady Trojans, who didn't win a game in 2011-2012, went 5-9 this time around and will welcome No. 9 Gowanda (4-10) on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Southwestern split with Gowanda this year, losing by a run, 11-10, on May 2 before picking up an 8-4 victory earlier this week.
Leading the area squads in Class B-2, however, is Fredonia. The Lady Hillbillies put together an 11-3 season, good enough for a second seed, and won't have to play until May 21 when they host the No. 10 Wilson (4-10)-No. 7 JFK (5-7) winner.
Should the Lady Hillbillies win that game, they could face No. 6 Falconer in the semifinals - that is, of course, if the Lady Golden Falcons can defeat No. 3 Cleveland Hill, which took the sectional title (along the way beating Falconer in the semifinals, 3-2, in extra innings) last year.
In Class B-1, the winner of the two previous sectional titles, Dunkirk, is a No. 7 seed while in Class AA ninth-seeded Jamestown (6-8) has a prequarterfinal game with No. 8 Orchard Park (4-8).
A win in that game would advance the Lady Red Raiders into the quarterfinals for a difficult matchup with top-seeded Clarence (11-1).