FREDONIA - Abby Courtney excelled in both the circle and the batters' box for the Falconer Lady Golden Falcons.
Courtney scattered four hits and struck out five over seven innings, and at the plate went 2-for-4 with a double, to lead Falconer (2-3, 2-0) past CCAA?Division 1 foe Fredonia, 5-2.
Courtney needed just 89 pitches to secure the victory.
OBSERVER?Photo by Courtney Gfroerer
Fredonia’s Karlie Schwertfager makes contact with a pitch during Wednesday’s CCAA?Division 1 high school softball game against Falconer.
Along with Courtney, Jenna Fellows went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Katie Hines connected for a double and scored once.
Falconer never trailed, taking a 2-0 lead in the first and extending that advantage to 5-1 before Fredonia managed to score once in the bottom of the sixth to make it 5-2.
For Fredonia (3-1, 2-1), Bre Dahn led the way with a pair of hits and an RBI.
Baylee Tarnowski suffered the loss. She allowed eight hits and struck out five.
Dunkirk 9, Gowanda 7
GOWANDA - The Dunkirk Lady Marauders scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally past Gowanda (1-2, 1-3), 9-7.
Dunkirk's Alicia Meyer had an RBI sacrifice and Aimee Kaufman belted a two-run double to highlight the inning and give the visitors the lead.
"It was nice for Alicia to step up," Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. "She had two hits and the big RBI to tie the game. Kaufman stepped up to the plate and helped us relax to finish up the game."
The win marked the first of the season for the Lady Marauders.
"We know we have some work to do," Sliwa said. "Replacing a pitcher like Aldyn Carlson is a lot. We have some gaps to fill. It was a good win to pull out."
Kelsey Drummond had two doubles for Dunkirk while Khee Nance had two hits with a double in the win. Kati Hanlon also doubled for the winners.
The Lady Panthers were led by Allyson Keller and C.J. Sawatis who each had two hits in defeat. Sydney Gominiak had a two-run double for the Lady Panthers.
Dunkirk used a trio of pitchers as Kesley Drummond started, was relieved by Kaufman and Joyce Bomasuto closed the door as she retired the side in order in the seventh.
"Kelsey is recovering from an injury," Sliwa noted. "She knows she will have to throw for us. She started well. She gutted it out. I needed her to get innings and she did. Joyce had a disappointing performance Monday. I had her warmup. She took the ball and it was good to see her in that role. She wanted the ball and pitched great."
Gowanda will take part in the Silver Creek Hae Jude Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Dunkirk travels to Allegany-Limestone on Friday.