Panama’s four-run first too much for CVCS

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Cassadaga Valley’s Brittyn Lebaron delivers a pitch during her team’s CCAA West 2 softball game against Panama, on Tuesday, at Cassadaga Valley High School.

SINCLAIRVILLE — Ashlyn Harvey had the big hit in the first inning for Panama in its CCAA West 2 softball matchup against Cassadaga Valley on Tuesday.

Harvey hit a three-run triple during the Lady Panthers’ four-run outburst and Panama went on to defeat Cassadaga Valley (1-1, 1-4), 8-2.

Francine Torres was the winning pitcher, working four innings, allowing three hits, striking out four and walking three. Harvey went the final three innings, permitting no hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

Panama (2-0, 1-0) took advantage of seven errors in the first three innings.

Lexi Ruiz had two hits for the Lady Cougars. Brittyn Lebaron hit a two-run double in the first inning for the only runs for the hosts.

Clymer 9, Westfield 8

WESTFIELD — Clymer (1-2, 1-2) outlasted Westfield (0-4, 0-3), 9-8, in CCAA West 2 softball action on Tuesday at Westfield High School, as Becca Linton, Kate Honey and Lauren Dunnewold combined for 10 of the Lady Pirates’ 14 hits.

“It was a pretty well-played game on both sides,” Westfield head coach Dave LeBarron said. “There weren’t many errors on either side, Clymer just had stronger pitching than us.”

Erica Gustafson tossed a complete game to earn the win in the circle. She allowed eight runs on nine hits while striking out 11 and walking five while Lindsey Songer suffered the loss after she allowed seven runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking five over the game’s first three innings. Sarah Tilley finished up for the Lady Wolverines. She allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two.

The Lady Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, before the Lady Pirates scored three in the second and four more in the third to take a 7-2 lead. Westfield cut its deficit to 7-4 in the bottom half of the inning, then took an 8-7 lead with four runs in its half of the fifth. However, single runs by Clymer in the sixth and seventh sealed the win for the Lady Pirates.

Honey went 4 for 4 with two RBIs while Linton (two RBIs) and Dunnewold (RBI) both went 3 for 5 in the win. For Westfield, Madison Abbey-Mott was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Jani Barney was 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs of her own.

CCAA East 2

North Collins 3, Catt-LV 2

CATTARAUGUS — North Collins (4-1, 1-0) held off Cattaraugus-Little Valley, 3-2, Tuesday during the CCAA East 2 softball opener for both schools.

“I think both teams played well defensively,” North Collins’ head coach Jan Warren said. “We made some big plays and they just did a great job. I’m happy with the progress we’re making and they just need to keep improving and we’ll be just fine.”

Rebecca Cyrek earned the win in the circle after she allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four and walking one in a complete-game effort.

“Rebecca kept them off balance with her change up,” Warren noted. “I’m not all that happy with the way we’re hitting, so we have to improve, but it’s still early, so I’m not too worried about it.”

The Lady Eagles managed nine hits but just three runs off losing pitcher Emma Rupp and reliever Kayla Cannon. Rupp allowed all three runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking as many over the game’s first five innings while Cannon allowed a hit and a walk and struck out one in her two innings of work.

North Collins scored its first run in the first after Cyrek reached on a lead-off walk and came home after an overthrow to third base on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Bre Krawczyk went over the Cattaraugus-Little Valley third baseman’s head. Then, in the fifth, Cyrek, who started the frame with a single, scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Morgan Mathis, before a base hit by Rebecca Holmes plated Morgan Lawton, who followed Cyrek’s single with a walk.

The Lady Timberwolves scored their runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Taylor Stockman and a run-scoring single off the bat of Katie Jones.

North Collins is back in action on Friday when it plays Salamanca in Silver Creek’s Hae Jude Tournament.