Dunkirk, Fredonia earn spots in Section VI finals

OBSERVER Staff Reports

NORTH COLLINS — The Dunkirk Lady Marauders stayed hot and beat Springville-Griffith, 6-2, in a Section VI Class B1 semifinal playoff game at North Collins High School, on Tuesday.

Monica Pokoj was on fire in the circle during Tuesday’s semifinal matchup. Pokoj pitched the complete game, gave up just four hits, two runs, three walks and struck out 16.

“Defensively, Monica definitely stepped up, she’s a senior leader,” stated Dunkirk head coach Michelle Gilmour. “Every person is contributing which is why we have been successful.”

The only runs that Pokoj surrendered came in the third inning when Meghan Rehauer hit a two run home run.

Kaitlyn Wolf was in the circle for Springville-Griffith and gave up 14 hits and struck out eight.

Dunkirk’s offense was led by Emma Newton with three hits, including two doubles and three RBI; Kymi Nance went 2-for-5 with a RBI; Courtney Zatorski went 2-for-4 and Pokoj added two hits with a RBI.

The Lady Marauders are set to play No. 1 seed Olean in the Class B1 final this Thursday, at Williamsville North High School.

Fredonia 5, Roy-Hart 3

MIDDLEPORT — The Fredonia Lady Hillbillies live to fight another day, holding off No. 3 seed Roy-Hart, 5-3, in a Section VI Class B2 semifinal game at Roy-Hart High School, on Tuesday. Leading 5-1 headed into the bottom of the seventh inning, Fredonia had their sights set on the Class B2 championship game this Thursday. But after walking the first three batters of the inning, Fredonia quickly saw their lead shrink to just two runs with one out and runners on second and third — although it did not faze the battle tested Lady ‘Billies as they managed to get the next two batters out to end the game, 5-3.

Fredonia started off the game quickly, as three consecutive Lady ‘Billies got a hit for a 1-0 lead. Kelly Gullo then began her excellent day with a big double, clearing the bases and building Fredonia’s lead to 3-0 after just one inning. Gullo finished the day going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, Caelin Holt went 2-for-4 with a triple, Grace Mrozcka also went 2-for-4 and Sydney Bigelow added a hit.

“They were mauling teams,” Fredonia head coach Jesse Beers said of Roy-Hart. “The fact we came out and scored three runs right away… we set the tone right away. Us playing in the league we play in really prepares us for tight games like this.”

Mallory Steiner was tasked with handling the Fredonia offense from the circle and went the distance, giving up all five runs, on nine hits, three walks and struck out five.

Maddy Marsh was in the circle for Fredonia and pitched all seven innings, giving up three runs, on four hits, four walks and two strikeouts.

“I thought we did a nice job at the plate,” said Coach Beers. “I felt confident with our girls coming in. This team has been averaging upwards of 20 runs a game, but we held them to three.”

Fredonia will play for the Section VI Class B2 softball championship, Thursday, at Williamsville North High School against No. 1 Eden.