BROCTON - Jess Putcher had herself a day Tuesday for the Brocton Lady Bulldogs (3-2, 3-1) softball team, as she dominated in the circle and at the plate.
Putcher went the distance as Brocton upended previously unbeaten North Collins (6-1, 5-1), 4-0, in CCAA Division 4 action. Putcher scattered six hits, struck out 11 and walked one in the win while adding three hits and two RBIs at the plate.
"Our defense played well behind her," Brocton head coach Jeff Franze said. "But it was really all about (Jess) today. She pitched really well against a previously unbeaten team. This is the second night in a row that we have beaten a previous first-place team."
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Brocton pitcher Jess Putcher catches a fly ball during Tuesday’s CCAA?Division 4 high school softball game against North?Collins.
"She just overwhelmed us and shut us right down," North Collins head coach Jan Warren added of Putcher. "She is a good pitcher."
The Lady Bulldogs scored a run in the bottom of the first after Putcher scored on a passed ball and scored two more in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Putcher and a run-scoring triple off the bat of Jessica Merle. Putcher added an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to finish the scoring.
"We're playing small ball this year," Franze noted. "We had some great opportunities in the first and second and we could have had a larger lead. But they hung in there and I'm really proud of them so far."
Jessica Lawton suffered the loss for the Lady Eagles, allowing all four runs on six hits while striking out two and walking four. She added a single at the plate. Also for North Collins, Kylee Mathis, Nicole Torrey, Destiny Kennedy, Sam Gier and Beth Kibler all singled.
"It's hard to explain for me," Warren said of his team's lack of offense after collecting 26 hits in a 32-0 win over Sherman on Monday. "I don't know what happened. It had to be the pitcher. She did a good job for them. They did a good job scoring four runs. We didn't make any mistakes."
The same two teams will meet in North Collins on Friday.
"I would rather have a loss now than in the playoffs," Warren concluded. "I knew we couldn't keep hitting and scoring like we had been. We will come back. They know how to battle and get through this. I have some good leaders on my team."
Westfield 9,?Panama 8
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Lady Wolverines (2-1, 2-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past Panama, 9-8, Tuesday in CCAA Division 3 high school softball.
The Lady Panthers scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning off a Jessica Leonard two-run single, but Westfield responded with three runs of its own in the bottom half for the win.
Westfield's Carson Hauser led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and scored on Rachel Allen's triple. Hillary Nelson then ripped an RBI single to score Allen and tie the score, 8-all. From there, Sarah Burgoon added her second RBI of the day as she drove in Nelson for the game-winning run.
"It was a nice game with solid defense," Westfield coach Dave Luder said. "I was real happy with the girls. What that showed was they were in the game and they had character. It was super they had character to do that."
Kathryn Catalano, Hauser, Allen, Burgoon and Savannah Rowan each had two hits. Burgoon finished with three RBIs.
Leonard finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored in a losing effort.
Westfield returns to action Thursday when it hosts Fredonia.