Hahn, Cougars top Gators, 23-1, in quarters
OBSERVER Staff Report
CASSADAGA — The No. 3 Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars honored six seniors, pounded out 27 hits and crossed the plate nearly as many times in a 23-1 Section VI Class C1 playoff softball victory over the No. 6 Allegany-Limestone Lady Gators Thursday.
The Lady Cougars scored five runs in the first inning before exploding for 14 more in the bottom of the second to put the game well out of reach.
Alyssa Hahn picked up the win in the circle, pitching a complete game, striking out 13, while allowing only two hits with zero walks.
“Alyssa was solid in the circle and when they did put the ball in play, the girls made plays on defense,” Cassadaga Valley coach Ken Balling said. “A couple girls reached base dropped third strikes, but we played flawless defense behind Alyssa. It was a total ballgame.”
On offense, Lexi Ruiz and Alyssa Watts had four hits apiece. Hahn and Hannah Edwards added three hits with a double. Jenna Caskey had three hits. Brittyn LeBaron had two hits, including a triple while jayvee callup Holley Crandall tripled in the win.
“I knew talent-wise we have a heck of a team, but we haven’t always showed it and had disappointing outings this season,” Balling said. “But everyone came to an optional practice after a bad game the other day and they came with an attitude (Thursday).”
Six seniors were honored as part of Cassadaga Valley’s Senior Night. They were Alyssa Hahn (six years on varsity), Lexi Ruiz (four years), Montanna Pope (three years), Megan Lanphere (three years), Mikayla Falkner (two years) and Alyssa Watts (one year).
Up next for the Lady Cougars is a trip to Tapestry Charter School on Tuesday for a Class C1 semifinal matchup.
Section VI Class B1
Alden 4, Dunkirk 1
ALDEN — The youthful No. 7 Dunkirk Lady Marauders had their hands full with the No. 2 Alden Lady Bulldogs and ultimately fell, 4-1, Thursday in a Section VI Class B1 quarterfinal matchup.
Alden jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Dunkirk attempted to come back in the top of the fifth when Kymi Nance drove in Alexis Ruiz. In the end it wasn’t enough as the more experienced Alden squad added another run in the bottom of the fifth for the 4-1 win.
“Overall, I thought the girls played very well,” Dunkirk coach Michelle Poweski said. “It might have been nerves early, but they played fantastic once they settled in. Alden is a great team. We are so young and were in it to the very end. We hit the ball well, but right at people.
“I am so excited for this team, and honored to be coaching such great group of girls. They have improved so much and this playoff experience will help us next year in what should be a long playoff run.”
Monica Pokoj pitched well in defeat, throwing a complete game, striking out five and allowing just three hits.
Brooke Strausbaugh earned the complete-game win, striking out seven while allowing three hits.
Nance finished the game with two hits and an RBI while Emilee Hanlon recorded the Lady Marauders’ other hit.
Section VI Class C2
Silver Creek 13, Frewsburg 6
FREWSBURG — The No. 7 Silver Creek Black Knights defeated the No. 2 Frewsburg Lady Bears, 13-6, to get the seeding upset and move on in Section VI Class C2 high school softball playoffs.
The Black Knights started off slow on offense. At the end of three innings, Frewsburg was up 4-1– with the Lady Bears scoring four in the third inning and Silver Creek scoring one in the second.
Silver Creek was in this position before and come alive in the middle innings.
“We tend to come alive in the third or fourth inning,” Silver Creek coach Stacie Bauer said. “It was nice to see the girls make the adjustments to the strike zone of the pitcher. It was a domino effect.”
The Black Knights erupted with three runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Frewsburg could not match Silver Creek’s hot bats as it could only score two runs in the sixth.
Julia Hill got the win in the circle with five innings pitched and six strikeouts. Ivee Pagels also pitched two innings, the fifth and sixth, with Hill coming back in the seventh to close it out.
MaKena Adams pitched a complete game with five strikeouts in the loss.
Andrea Olsen had four hits, an RBI and a triple for the victors with Clara Castiglia smacking a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Olivia Lynn led Frewsburg at the plate with two hits, including a three-run home run in the third inning. MacKenzie Munson had two RBIs in the game.
Silver Creek will travel to face No. 3 Maple Grove on Tuesday. Maple Grove defeated No. 6 Randolph Thursday.