Slowly but surely, the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (3-1, 3-4) are getting into the groove of things and finding their stride.
The team took a huge step Thursday with an 8-4 victory over Olean (3-3) in CCAA Division 1 high school softball action.
"I think when the weather gets better and we play day by day, we will get into a rhythm," Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. "It's hard right now with this weather."
OBSERVER?Photo by Lisa Monacelli
Dunkirk’s Khee Nance makes a play from her shortstop position during Thursday’s?CCAA?Division 1 high school softball game against Olean.
Kelsey Drummond was the winning pitcher, going four strong innings giving up just two hits and no runs.
She also helped her cause offensively as she got the scoring started with a leadoff home run in the fourth inning.
"I like the way Kelsey stepped up today," Sliwa said. "She is doing exactly what I want out of here. She pitched four strong innings and got us going offensively."
After Drummond's homer in the fourth, Lacey Clark followed with a two-run shot to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
Nicole Balzer highlighted a four-run fifth inning with a two-run single to put the game out of reach.
Sarah Hanlon and Joyce Bomasuto combined to pitch the final three innings and shut the door on the Lady Huskies.
Sliwa also credited Hanlon for a triple in the second inning which got the offense going.
"You could see the bats starting to come after that," he said.
Defensively, the Lady Marauders played their first errorless game of the season, highlighted by Balzer who had five assists.
"It's good to play errorless ball," Sliwa concluded. "You have to make plays and we did that today."
JAMESTOWN - The Gowanda Lady Panthers committed 10 errors as the Jamestown Lady Red Raiders prevailed, 18-4, Thursday in CCAA Division 1 high school softball.
Karen Snow highlighted the Lady Panthers' offense with three hits and an RBI. Alex Farner added two hits with a triple and three RBIs while Jessica Sowa drove in a run with one of her three hits. Bre John also had two hits in a losing effort.
Gowanda returns to action this weekend at the Hae Jude Tournament.
Cassadaga Valley 9, Portville 1
PORTVILLE - The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars (3-0, 5-3) provided eighth-grade pitcher Alyssa Hahn with plenty of run and fielding support in a 9-1 victory over the Portville Lady Panthers (2-2, 4-5) in CCAA Division 2 softball action Thursday.
Hahn went five and two-thirds innings, struck out two, walked three and allowed just two hits on the only grass infield the Lady Cougars see all season.
"Our defense was outstanding," Cassadaga Valley coach Ken Balling said. "Hahn's only an eighth-grader. She's got a lot of seniors behind her and the played flawless. You get some bad hops (on the grass infield). (Portville) created three errors on their own field."
Courtney Vahl relieved Hahn and recorded the final four outs.
Kristi Zink had a triple, a home run and four RBI to lead the Lady Cougars at the plate while Christine Siebert had two hits and a triple and Kelsey Brown recorded three singles.
"We're hitting the ball well and I think we're in the running," Balling said.
Albanie Stives struck out three Lady Cougars, walked three and allowed nine hits in a losing effort for Portville.
Cassadaga Valley travels to Cattaraugus-Little Valley today.
Fredonia 9,?Westfield 3
Fredonia's Tess Schober started her first game of the season and did not disappoint in leading the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (4-1, 6-1) to a 9-3 victory over Westfield on Thursday in non-league high school softball action.
Schober faced 27 batters and retired 11 of the last 12 batters she faced. She scattered five hits and walked just four.
"Schober, being her first start, she stepped to the plate and pitched a good ballgame," Fredonia assistant coach Bob Sievert said. "She did a real good job."
Fredonia scored four runs in the second inning as Alicia Deering had a RBI hit, Bre Dahn had a RBI sacrifice fly and Maddie Crandall had a fielder's choice RBI.
Deering then had a two-run single in the fifth while Baylee Tarnowski belted a two-out RBI double in the seventh. Deering finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs while Morgan Genovese had two hits.
Tarnowski added two hits with a double while Savannah Rivera and eighth grader Katie Webster each had two hits.
The Lady Wolverines' Rachel Allen had two hits and Olivia Knopp had a RBI fielder's choice. Laura Tofil was the losing pitcher as she struck out two, walked three and yielded six hits.
Fredonia hosts Jamestown today.