By JOE ECKSTROM
OBSERVER Sports Reporter
FORESTVILLE - The No. 1 Forestville Lady Hornets received a gem from hurler Ryanne Dugan as they shut out the No. 8 Ellicottville Lady Eagles, 9-0 in the Section 6 Class D softball quarterfinals Thursday.
OBSERVER?Photo by Lisa Monacelli
Forestville shortstop Emily Dillenburg, left, tags out Ellicottville base runner Kaitlyn Riethmiller (16) during Thursday’s Section 6 Class D quarterfinal softball game.
Dugan struck out seven as she faced just one more than the minimum numbers of batters in a two-hit, one-walk performance.
"Ryanne pitched great," Forestville coach Brianne Hazelton said. "She didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and mixed her pitches well. She just did a great job keeping them off balance."
While Forestville's pitching and defense were stellar, the team's hitting was not too bad either as the Lady Hornets exploded for 14 hits, most of which came in the later innings.
Forestville scored two in the bottom of the first when Cherish Pope reached on a walk and then was knocked home by a triple down the left field line from Alisha Szumigala.
Emily Markham plated Szumigala with a base hit.
In both the second and third innings, the Lady Hornets stranded a runner at third base as they were unable to build on their early 2-0 lead.
"Ellicottville is a much improved team since the beginning of the season," Hazelton said. "We stressed that we couldn't take this game lightly. Up until the fourth inning it was a 2-0 ball game, so we knew we had to make some adjustments hitting the ball."
Forestville made those adjustments in the fourth and sprung for a three-run frame.
Precious Kaczor, Baylee Gloss and Emily Dillenburg reached base to load the bases with no outs.
Emily Gilman then scored two of those runs with a single while Dillenburg came around to score on a Dugan single.
"Emily Gilman, our number nine hitter, had a great game," Hazelton said. "She went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs."
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With two outs in the fifth, Dugan lost her no-hit bid to a single, but the Lady Hornets quickly erased that runner when Pope caught her trying to steal second base.
"We opened up a little toward the middle of the game," Hazelton said. "Our defense is looking very good and we are playing great all around."
Forestville poured on four more runs in the bottom of the fifth as they batted around the lineup.
The Lady Hornets picked up four more hits in the inning and a pair of walks to bring about the final score of 9-0.
"Bayleigh Raynor went 4-for-4 with four singles," Hazelton said. "I like how we adjusted to their pitcher and spread our hits out throughout the game."
The Lady Eagles managed one more hit in the sixth, but never threatened to score as Forestville cruised to victory.
Next up for the Lady Hornets is a date with the No. 4 Ripley Lady Eagles at Forestville on Wednesday, May 29.
No. 4 Ripley 14, No. 5 Clymer 4
RIPLEY - The Ripley Lady Eagles benefited from multiple Clymer errors as the No. 4 Lady Eagles prevailed 14-4 over the No. 5 Lady Pirates on Thursday in Section 6 Class D quarterfinal high school softball action.
Emilee Steger was the winning pitcher as she fanned 12, walked three and scattered eight hits.
The Lady Eagles broke the game open in the third inning when they scored six runs, highlighted by a Steger two-run triple. Ryleigh Hawkins doubled in the inning.
Steger finished 2 for 3 with a double and triple and drove in three runs.
The Lady Pirates' Jo-Linda Rhodes went 1 for 3 with a double in a losing effort.