Sarah Hanlon pitched a solid 4 2/3 innings of softball Wednesday to allow the Dunkirk (5-3, 5-6) offense to get back into the game and eventually rally past Southwestern, 8-6, in CCAA Division 1 action.
Aimee Kaufman started the game in the circle for Dunkirk and got things rolling for the home team with a scoreless first inning.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Lady Marauders took a 3-0 lead as Khee Nance drove in Katie Hanlon with a single and Kelsey Drummond brought home Nance with an RBI. Drummond scored on a wild pitch for the early lead.
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Dunkirk’s Aimee Kaufmann delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s CCAA?Division 1 high school softball game against Southwestern.
Southwestern's Sommer Porysoff had a two-run double to highlight a four-run second inning which gave the visitors a 4-3 edge. The Lady Trojans increased the lead 6-3 in the fifth inning before Kaufmann settled in and shut down Southwestern the rest of the way.
"Sarah came in and threw nice and hard," Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. "When she settled in, she was pretty much dominating. It was good to see we bounced back. I was worried when we were down 6-3. We had three innings to get three runs and we got three right away."
Those three runs came in the fifth thanks to aggressive base running and small ball.
Drummond led off with single and Lacy Clark was hit by a pitch. Sarah Hanlon laid down a bunt single which scored Drummond and Clark scored on the play as a result of an error. An Alicia Meyer sacrifice bunt scored Hanlon to tie the game 6-all.
The Lady Marauders took the lead in the sixth as Nance and Drummond each had RBI hits.
"I was a little worried after a big, emotional win Tuesday," Sliwa said. "We lost to Southwestern early in the year. They have improved a ton. They hit the ball well. We have to play small ball. Bunting is a critical part of the game. We had a lot of nice small-ball play. Aggressive base running helps."
Dunkirk plays Falconer on Friday.
Fredonia 5, Jamestown 4
JAMESTOWN - After the Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (6-3, 10-3) suffered a tough loss Tuesday against rival Dunkirk, they responded Wednesday with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Jamestown in CCAA Division 1 high school softball.
"The kids showed a lot of character," Fredonia assistant coach Bob Sievert said. "We lost two big league games to Dunkirk and Olean and we were down 3-0 (Wednesday). They showed a lot. They didn't give up and fought right to the end. They showed a lot of character."
Trailing 4-1 in the sixth, the Lady Hillbillies scored three runs to tie the game. Alicia Deering started the rally as she reached second on an error. Erin Ruffino sacrificed Deering to third base and Morgan Genovese had an RBI single. Bre Dahn followed with a double to put runners on second and third, and Baylee Tarnowski ripped a two-run single to tie the score, 4-all.
Tarnowski went 3 for 3 on the day at the plate.
In the seventh inning, Fredonia took the lead as Katie Webster bunted her way to first and eventually scored on Ruffino's RBI single
Tarnowski was the winning pitcher as she fanned five, did not allow a walk and allowed three earned runs.
The Lady Red Raiders' had a chance to tie the game with a runner on second with two outs, but Tarnowski escaped the jam by getting Jessica Pace to fly out.
McKenzie Martin was the tough-luck losing pitcher as she struck out nine and did not allow a walk.
Pace was 3 for 4 for Jamestown while Kaleisha Mosley had a two-run triple in the first inning for Jamestown. Hannah Pollino added two hits in a losing effort.
Gowanda 8, Falconer 2
Gowanda 10, Falconer 5
FALCONER - The Gowanda Lady Panthers put themselves right back into the playoff hunt Wednesday with two victories over Falconer in CCAA Division 1 high school softball.
Two losses would have put the Lady Panthers in the cellar of the standings with a 1-6 record. However, after two wins, Gowanda is 3-4 and just a game behind Fredonia.
In the first game, Gowanda prevailed 8-2.
Markie John was the winning pitcher with two strikeouts, no walks and eight hits.
Karen Snow led the offense with two hits and an RBI while Tia Thompson had three hits and two RBIs. Jess Sowa contributed with an RBI single while Alexa Farner had a single and two RBIs. John helped her own cause with two singles while Sydney Gominiak and Melissa Farley each had two hits with an RBI for the winners.
Tia Thompson turned a double play for the winners as she tagged out a runner and threw the ball to first for the forceout.
In the second game, the Gowanda defense did one better as it turned a triple play to highlight a 10-5 victory.
Thompson caught a liner, threw the ball to Jessica Sowa at second base for the tag and Sowa threw the ball to Gominiak at third base for another tag.
"It really gave us a lot of momentum," Gowanda coach Darlene Pfaffenbach said. "The girls really got excited after that. It was a real confidence booster."
Snow led the offense again with two singles and an RBI while Thompson had a single and RBI. Sowa had two hits and drove in a run while Alexa Farner had a homer and two RBIs. Farner's home run highlighted a seven-run third inning. Farley added two hits with a triple and four RBIs for the winners.
C.J. Sawatis was the winning pitcher as she yielded eight hits, two walks and one strikeout.