North Collins wins Hae Jude tourney

Submitted photo The North Collins Lady Eagles pose for a photo after winning the Hae Jude Softball Tournament in Silver Creek on Saturday.

SILVER CREEK — The North Collins Lady Eagles claimed first place in the eight team Hae Jude softball tournament with a 6-0 victory over the Forestville Lady Hornets on Saturday afternoon. North Collins, which got a dominant pitching performance from tournament MVP Rebecca Cyrek won the tourney at Silver Creek High School for the first time.

North Collins had timely hitting and aggressive base running from the start to put the pressure on Forestville. In the first inning, Brianna Krawczyk started the rally with a single and stolen base. Alexa English followed with a walk. After a double steal, Krawczyk scored on a wild pitch with English scoring on the next pitch after a passed ball.

Makenzie Press had a leadoff double for Forestville in the top of the second. Despite getting the big hit to lead the inning, the Lady Hornets were unable to bring her in for the run. “Makenzie did a great job at the plate all weekend long,” said Forestville coach Brianne Hazelton. “She has had great approaches and has made solid contact with the ball. She did great and was worthy of receiving the MVY trophy for us.”

North Collins put together a couple hits to bring two more runs across for the Eagles in the third. Cyrek led off with a single, with Krawczyk following with an RBI double. Later in the inning, Krawczyk scored on a sacrifice fly by English.

“We have a good hard working group,” said North Collins coach Jan Warren. “They did a good job at doing the small things right and came through with timely hitting.”

The Lady Eagles were able to add another run in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Emily Winter led off with a single. After a sacrifice bunt by DeAnn Wilson, Winter scored on a two out error on a fly ball. In the fifth, Krawczyk reached base again on a walk before stealing second. English followed with an RBI double to score Krawczyk for her third run of the game.

In the seventh inning, Clare Kingsfield came through with a double, which was Forestville’s second hit of the game. That would be all that Cyrek would give up as she got the last two outs to preserve the shutout.

“We couldn’t produce any hits today,” stated Hazelton. “Rebecca is a great pitcher and really did a great job of keeping us off balance by hitting her spots. She did a great job of preventing us from getting anything going.”

Cyrek was dominant on the mound, giving up just three baserunners during the game. She pitched the complete game, giving up two hits with zero walks while striking out four.

According to Warren, “We were fundamentally sound. We had great defense behind another solid pitching performance. There were few mistakes that we made overall this weekend.”

Brooke Ostrye pitched great in defeat, giving up five earned runs on six hits and three walks in six innings. “Brooke had a great tournament,” said Hazelton. “She did a good job of keeping us in the game today. Our defense behind her has improved tremendously as we made several great plays while making fewer mistakes.”

Krawczyk and Winter led the Lady Eagles with two hits each while Kingsfield and Press led the Lady Hornets offensively, each hitting a double.

“This was a great tournament for us,” added Warren. “Many of these teams in the tournament are in our class so it shows what we are capable of doing. The girls worked hard for this. As the weather gets warmer, I expect our team to also be performing a lot better. Overall, this is great for our team, school, and town.”

Both teams play league games on Monday with Cattaraugus-Little Valley visiting North Collins while Forestville hosts Clymer.



Forestville advanced to the final by beating Silver Creek in a semifinal earlier in the day with a walk off hit by Makenzie Press up the center of the infield. The Lady Hornets scored five runs in the first, with Silver Creek coming back to tie the game prior to the walk off hit.

Andrea Olsen started for the Knights in the circle, pitching three innings, striking out two and walking one. Julia Hill took over in the fourth inning allowing two hits, striking out four and walking none.

Ostrye pitched a complete game for Forestville, striking out 10, walking one and surrendering up six hits.


North Collins defeated Pine Valley in the other Hae Jude semifinal. Cyrek pitched the complete game, striking out five while going 4 for 4 at the plate. Bella Williams also contributed offensively by going 3 for 3 with a triple, while Rebecca Holmes had three hits, including a triple.



In the consolation game, Silver Creek (2-3, 1-1) lost to Pine Valley even though the Knights scored in every inning of the five-inning game but the fifth.

“Errors haunted us all day today,” Silver Creek coach Stacie Bauer said. ” The pitchers were throwing strikes and they got Pine Valley’s batters to put the ball on the ground, but we struggled defensively today. We can’t win ball games with as many errors as we had.”

Andrea Olsen pitched two innings, walking five and striking out two, for Silver Creek. Stevie Cook pitched the other three frames, allowing three hits, no walks and no strikeouts.

Silver Creek’s Hill went 2 for 2 with two RBIs.