Westfield wins again

Softball team advances in state Little League tourney

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot Westfield shortstop Madyson Burgess takes the throw and prepares to tag out Anna Ferraro (11) under the watchful eyes of umpire Keith Ahlstrom at the state Little League championship tournament for 8-10 softball at Karnes Field in Dunkirk’s Wright Park Friday.

Westfield (2-1) eliminated Montgomery (1-2) on Friday afternoon, 3-1, behind the two-hit pitching of Mackenzie Schumaker (11 strikeouts), plus alert base-running and timely hitting, as the state Little League 8-10 softball championship tourney continued Friday at Dunkirk’s Joe Karnes Field.

Westfield took a 1-0 lead in the first on back-to-back singles by Lucy Gates and Madyson Burgess, followed by a rundown during which Gates scored from third while Burgess was put out at second. Two Montgomery errors and a two-out, two-run single by Jillian Miller put Westfield on top, 3-0, in the second inning.

Montgomery scored its lone run in the last of the fourth when Mackenzie Hinespeter drew a lead-off walk, stole second, took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a squeeze bunt by Sophia Demaris. Montgomery threatened three other times, yet Schumaker pitched out of a one-out, second-and-third jam in the first inning and stranded runners in scoring position in the third and fifth innings.

Losing pitcher Audrey Conklin had both Montgomery hits.

Westfield’s next game is 11 a.m. today at Karnes Field vs. Massapequa International, which stayed alive with a 5-2 win Friday morning over Oneida. The winner will go on to play Great Kills at 2 p.m., while the loser is knocked out of the double-elimination tourney.

In other tournament action Friday:

Massapequa International 5, Oneida 2

Massapequa (1-1) used six walks, a hit-batter, and an RBI single by Madison Toholsky to plate five runs in the second inning. Abby Horvath pitched a complete game for the win. She recorded five strikeouts and retired the last five batters she faced. Sam Donovan had Massapequa’s only other hit.

The loss eliminated Oneida (1-2), which had four hits in the game — two singles by Ruby Butler, and triples by Kennedy Curro and Olivia Miller. Oneida also had RBI groundouts by Bethany Honness and Prestee Perrin.

North Shore 7, Great Kills 4

North Shore (3-0) was led by Ava Zicchinelli with two hits, including a triple, and Megan Halloran, Tori Trypaulk, Ava Audi and Isabella Zamel all had hits. For Great Kills (1-1), Leanna Chow (triple) and Rose Joseph both had 2 hits, the winning pitcher was Ava Zicchinelli and Montana Dicecvo took the loss. North Shore will move on to play Sunday at 11 a.m. in the championship game.