SINCLAIRVILLE - Thanks to a top-flight pitching performance by Alyssa Hahn, Cassadaga Valley (12-7) advanced in Section 6 Class C softball on Friday.
Hahn, who is just an eighth-grader, silenced Maple Grove on three hits, striking out four and walking four, as the Lady Cougars won decisively, 12-3, in the quarterfinals.
Kristi Zink was perfect at the plate with four hits, including a triple, and scored four times for the Lady Cougars.
Christine Siebert of Cassadaga Valley touches third base as Coach Ken Balling sends her home for her first career varsity home run in Friday’s Section 6 Class C softball semifinal game against Maple Grove. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Lisa Monacelli
Chrissy Seibert drove in four runs with her first home run of the season, a two-run blast in the third, and also singled home pair of runs in the fifth inning when the hosts broke it open with five runs on five singles.
Kaitlin Johnson additionally had a two-run single in the fifth inning for Cassadaga Valley.
Maple Grove was down 10-0 when it came up with three runs in the sixth with Jordan Ahlstrom tripling home a couple of runs and scoring on a passed ball.
The other hits for the Lady Red Dragons were singles by Lauren Nickerson and Morgan Lehman.
CLCS MOVES TO SEMIS
PORTVILLE - Behind the pitching of Lauren Cummings, No. 5 Chautauqua Lake defeated No. 4 Portville.
Cummings might have pitched her best game of her career by tossing a three-hitter, fanning 11 and not walking a batter as the Lady Thunderbirds decisioned Portville, 6-1.
She only faced only 25 batters, which is just four over the minimum in the game that was suspended on Thursday. It resumed two outs in the Portville second inning on Friday.
Cummings, Jessie Herrington, Hannah Rauh and Luci Sena were to go on a senior trip on Friday but didn't want to end the season so they stayed around. They were then transported to catch up with their peers.
''Talk about leadership and character of those girls,'' said winning coach Sue Teets on their decision to stay and play.
The defense was superb to go along with Cummings pitching with left fielder Courtney Hewes making two fantastic grabs. Overall, the Lady Thunderbirds made just one error.
Hitting-wise, Chautauqua Lake had 11 hits with Herrington and Jade Walsh having three with Herrington hitting two doubles. Walsh had two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Ashley Moulton delivered a double and a triple and Hewes a double and a single for the winners.
Herrington hit a double and Moulton an RBI triple to give the winners a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Hewes and Walsh scored in the fourth to put the Lady Thunderbirds ahead, 3-0.
Albanie Stives doubled and Cammie McCracken singled her home in the Portville fourth. The Lady Thunderbirds added two more in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Stephanie Sosnowski singled for the other Portville hit.
Chautauqua Lake (7-5, 13-5) treks to No. 1 Frewsburg (11-1, 15-5) in the semifinals on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
C-LV BOUNCES BACK
CATTARAUGUS - Third-seeded Cattaraugus-Little Valley (11-7) found itself in a huge hole early, but managed to chip away at No. 6 Franklinville's lead before pulling out a dramatic 6-5 extra-inning victory.
The Lady Panthers caught fire early and rolled to a 5-0 lead through the top of the third.
That's when the Lady Timberwolves went to work, plugging away by scoring one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, then tying the game in the seventh with two runs.
Franklinville failed to score in the top of the eighth and got the first two outs in the bottom of the frame, but Natalie Booth kept things going for the Lady Timberwolves with a single and two walks later, the bases were loaded. That's when Abby Wabik came up and worked out another walk to bring Booth home for the victory.
Wabik ended the day with three hits and four RBIs, while Booth and starter Sara Crandall each contributed two hits.
Crandall also picked up the victory, going all eight innings while striking out eight, walking five and surrendering eight hits.
The Lady Timberwolves will visit No. 2 Cassadaga Valley in the Class C semifinals on Tuesday.