FALCONER - Abby Courtney pitched and batted No. 12 Falconer to a convincing Section 6 Class B first-round victory on Thursday afternoon.
Courtney hurled a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts and no walks plus drove in four runs with two hits as the Golden Falcons (11-4) blasted JFK, 17-1.
Courtney hit a three-run home run during the five-run second inning and later doubled in a run in the five-run fifth. The Golden Falcons also a five-run fourth inning. Brianna McFall had three hits with a triple and Samantha Leven added two hits in the 13-hit Falconer attack.
Above, Falconer’s Kaylee Keith makes a nice defensive play during Thursday’s Section 6 Class B first-round softball playoff game against Holland. Below, Southwestern’s Sydney Burk delivers to the plate during the Lady Trojans’ game against Dunkirk. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Scott Reagle
Courtney lost her shutout in the seventh inning when Lauren Schenk had an RBI single.
Falconer doesn't get much chance to rest as it travels to No. 5 Akron today.
Sydney Burk pitched No. 16 Southwestern to victory over No. 17 Dunkirk, tossing a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and six walks as the Lady Trojans (9-6) beat Dunkirk (8-8), 9-2, to take the season's series, 2-1.
The game was tied at 1-1 entering the home fifth inning where the hosts scored five times on just one hit, several wild pitches and errors.
Xiane Smith led Southwestern with three singles in a game that didn't have an extra-base hit.
Quinn Bamkowski had two hits and Nicole Balzer one for Dunkirk.
Southwestern travels to No. 1 Depew in the prequarterfinals on Friday.
FRANKLINVILLE - No. 11 Frewsburg (4-12) took on sixth-seeded Franklinville (14-2) and the Lady Panthers got off to a quick start and never looked back in a 12-5 Section 6 Class C prequarterfinal victory.
Franklinville scored five runs in the first inning and had plenty of support on the mound as Ally Haskell pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and two walks while striking out 13.
Haskell also helped her own cause with three hits and two RBIs, Meghan McKune added two hits and three RBIs and Linnea Pollack had two hits and two RBIs.
Claire Garvey took the loss for the Bears, surrendering four hits, two walks with one strikeout. Kaitlyn Blanchard followed in relief and had seven strikeouts, walked five and gave up 10 hits.
Offensively for Frewsburg, Olivia Lynn drilled a solo home run, a single and scored twice and Blanchard had two hits with a double.
Franklinville moves on to play No. 3 Chautauqua Lake in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
RIPLEY - Behind the solid pitching of Olivia Anderson, No. 3 Chautauqua Lake cruised to a 19-1 victory over 14th-ranked Holland at Ripley.
Anderson tossed a three-hitter to earn the complete-game win, striking out five while giving up three walks. The Thunderbirds got off to a quick start, bringing home four runs in the first inning and six runs in the third.
Offensively, Jade Walsh slammed a home run, triple and a single and collected five RBIs, Ryleigh Hawkins drilled two doubles and a triple with two RBIs and Ashton Albanesius connected for two hits.
Chautauqua Lake will host No. 6 Franklinville in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday.
MG STUNS OLMSTEAD
BUFFALO - Seventh-grader Lynne Nordin pitched a shutout and Morgan Lehman delivered six hits as No. 15 Maple Grove (3-16) stunned No. 2 Olmsted (8-5), 22-0.
Nordin tossed a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and just one walk while Lehman cracked five singles and a two-run double and drove in four runs for the Lady Red Dragons.
Brie Davis stroked four hits with a two-run double and Meghan Nolan also had four hits with a two-run double for the winners.
Mary Nickerson swatted a three-run home run among her three hits, Paige Bentham plated five runs with three hits, including a two-run double and a two-run single for the Lady Red Dragons.
Maple Grove recorded 28 hits overall.
The Lady Red Dragons play at No. 7 Barker on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
WESTFIELD - The No. 4 Westfield Lady Wolverines struck for a run in the first inning and held on for a 1-0 win over the No. 13 Silver Creek Black Knights.
In the first inning, Cathryn Catalano reached base on a dribbler to third. Catalano followed by stealing second, moving to third base on a groundball by Carson Hauser and scoring on a wild pitch.
That first-inning run proved to be the difference as Westfield held on to win behind the pitching of Laura Tofil. Tofil allowed four hits while striking out nine and walking one in a complete-game effort.
Ally Harford took the loss for Silver Creek, striking out five and walking two while allowing only two hits.
Rachel Allen and Taylor Cassman had the only hits of the game for the Lady Wolverines.
The Black Knights got singles from Harmony Eggleston, Mary Jo Pearl, Harford and Brooke Birner.
BARKER - The No. 10 Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars' season came to a close following a 3-2 loss in nine innings at the hands of No. 7 Barker.
Trailing 2-0, the Lady Cougars battled back with a run in the fifth inning and another in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. The fifth-inning run came as Lexi Ruiz reached on a single and scored off a Kylee Braymiller RBI single.
Cassadaga Valley tied the game in the seventh as Ruiz led off with a walk and scored on a shallow sacrifice fly ball from Braymiller. Ruiz was able to slide under the tag and touch home plate for the equalizer.
Alyssa Hahn was the losing pitcher, despite pitching a gem. She gave up just four hits while striking out 14. She escaped a jam in the bottom of the seventh inning as Barker put runners on second and third with no outs. From there, Hahn struck out the heart of Baker's lineup order to keep the game tied.
JHS SEASON ENDS
HAMBURG - A strong season ended for No. 9 Jamestown High School following a 6-0 setback to No. 8 Frontier.
Jamestown (11-7) gave up three runs in the third and fourth innings and managed just five hits off winning pitcher Heather Nye.
Losing pitcher Mary Cerisosimo had four strikeouts and two walks.
Courtney Courtade, Caisey Lipka and Lauren Pixley had two hits with Courtade having a double for the winners. Lipka scored two runs as well.