MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars ended their southern trip on Friday with a big win and the championship plaque for their division at the Grand Strand Classic, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., as they beat Alexandria, Va.'s Ireton, 6-3.
Alyssa Hahn picked up her first career varsity win, going 6-2-3 innings, allowing an earned run on six hits while striking out two and issuing as many walks. Courtney Vahl came in to relieve Hahn with the Cougars leading 6-1 and allowed two runs on three hits while walking one.
Offensively, the Lady Cougars got off to a fast start scoring a pair of runs in the first. Jesse Burch led off with a single, stole second and was driven in by a double off the bat of Kelsie Brown. Ashley Carroll then brought Brown home with a single.
Cassadaga Valley added a run in the third and three more in the fourth inning. After Jen Holly and Hahn reached on walks and Burch reached on an error to load the bases, Brown came through again with a single and smart base running as all three Lady Cougars scored.
Brown finished with two hits and three RBIs, Kristi Zink added a triple and an RBI, Carroll had a single and two RBIs and Madison Reuther picked up her first varsity hit.
The Lady Cougars open their CCAA Division 2 portion of their schedule on April 10, as they will take on Maple Grove in a double-header.
Forestville 2, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 0
CATTARAUGUS - Ryanne Dugan went the distance Friday, helping the Forestville Lady Hornets (1-0) to a season-opening, 2-0, win over Cattaraugus-Little Valley (0-1), in non-league softball action.
Dugan allowed just one hit while striking out 10 and walking three, stranding a pair of Lady Timberwolves in the first and escaping a bases-loaded jam in the top of the third.
Alisha Szumigala plated the Lady Hornets first run with an RBI double in the second while Cherish Pope added an RBI single in the top of the sixth for the 2-0 final. Pope finished with two of Forestville's three hits on the day.
Sara Crandall was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out 12, walking two and hitting a batter.