FREWSBURG - Aimee Kaufmann provided the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (1-1, 1-1) with senior leadership and the offense found its groove in the fifth inning to rally past Frewsburg, 7-5, Wednesday in CCAA West I high school softball.
"Riley Drummond, as an eighth grader, did a real nice job," Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said of his starting pitcher. "She tried working around the plate and had trouble locating. She was hurt by errors, but it never rattled her. Aimee stepped up as senior. This was on of her better performances. She came in and took control when she got her chance."
Down 5-2 in the fifth, Maddie Crandall led off with a walk and Drummond cranked a two-run homer to cut the deficit, 5-4.
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Dunkirk’s Nikki Balzer handles a groundball during Wednesday’s CCAA?West I victory over Frewsburg.
"She produced at the plate," Sliwa said. "That home run changed the game. She got into it and hit one into right field."
The Lady Marauders added three more in the seventh inning as Nikki Balzer had a two-run triple to score Sarah Hanlon and Drummond. Balzer later scored on a fielder's choice.
Drummond and Balzer each finished with two hits and two RBIs while Kaufmann had two hits in the win.
"These are two parallel teams," Sliwa said of Frewsburg and Dunkirk. "They graduated seven and I graduated eight. It's two young teams trying to find (their) places. I like how we came back. Late in the game, we took good at-bats. Nikki Balzer had a pretty good performance. She is starting to swing the bat better."
Dunkirk travels to Falconer today.
Fredonia 17, Southwestern 4
JAMESTOWN - The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies (3-0) claimed a 17-4 CCAA West 1 victory over host Southwestern (2-1) on Wednesday afternoon, thanks to the pitching of Hannah Cybart.
Cybart fanned nine in a complete-game performance that included just one earned run and no walks.
Fredonia was led offensively by Bree Dahn with three hits while Alicia Deering (double), Morgan Genovese (double) and Caitlyn Cybart all had two hits.
Britta Johnson notched a pair of singles for Southwestern with an RBI while Kate Johnson (double) added two hits and Summer Borysoff had a double.
Forestville 4, Panama 2
PANAMA - Forestville's Alisha Szumigala tossed a three-hitter in leading Forestville to a 4-2 win over host Panama (1-2, 1-3) in non-league softball on Tuesday.
The game was close all the way as the Lady Hornets picked up a run in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Szumigala pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts and three walks and helped her own cause with a pair of hits while Emily Narraway produced an RBI.
Carly Abbate also went the distance in getting the loss for the Lady Panthers, collecting 10 strikeouts with two walks while giving up five hits.
Also for Panama, Haley King connected for two hits.