OBSERVER Staff Report
FALCONER - The Dunkirk Lady Marauders (1-2) committed five errors in an 8-6 loss to Falconer on Thursday in CCAA West I high school softball action.
The dagger came in the fourth inning as the Lady Golden Falcons scored three runs on just one hit to take a 7-5 lead it would not relinquish. Falconer benefitted from two Dunkirk errors and a pair of passed balls to score its runs.
"It was just the fact we are a young team trying to compete," Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. "Unfortunately, we made some mistakes. We are trying to get through it and find the right combination of kids to get on the field. We are replacing so many kids and trying to find that right combination. It's tough to get practice time. These kids aren't giving up. If we stay the course, we will be OK."
Abby Courtney was the winning pitcher as she surrendered just five hits and two walks while fanning six. She also helped her own cause at the dish with a two-run homer.
Riley Drummond was Dunkirk's top hitter with a pair of singles.
"She is one of the better pitchers," Sliwa said of Courtney. "They are a bit more experienced. I keep telling the girls to be patient and stay the course. We will find our niche. There are so many positives. We are getting there. It's a process and the kids know it. We will get through it."
Sarah Hanlon was the losing pitcher as she surrendered seven runs - five earned - while walking four and striking out three in four innings of work.
Dunkirk will host Maple Grove today at 4:30 p.m.