T’birds outlast Gowanda after day of uncertainty

OBSERVER Photo by Tim Frank Chautauqua Lake pitcher Olivia Herrington throws to first base while teammate Hannah Bretz looks on during Monday’s Section VI Class C quarterfinal in Gowanda.

GOWANDA — Chautauqua Lake lost its home-field advantage.

But the Thunderbirds didn’t lose their game.

No. 3 Chautauqua Lake used a three-run fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead and hung on to beat No. 6 Gowanda 5-3 in Section Class C quarterfinal play Monday.

The Thunderbirds were supposed to host the Panthers in Mayville, but rain forced the game to be moved to the turf complex in Gowanda with an 8 p.m. scheduled first pitch.

The Panthers led 1-0 after the first inning as Addison Kota was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a Zoey Kota sacrifice.

Photo by Debbra Bailey Pine Valley catcher Morgan Sandy throws down to first base during Monday’s Section VI Class D quarterfinal in Panama.

Chautauqua Lake took a 2-1 lead in the second inning. Hannah Weise was hit by a pitch before Hannah Bretz and Cayzlee Johnson walked. Lucy Gates followed with an RBI groundout and Bretz scored on a wild pitch.

In the Thunderbirds’ fourth inning, Weise reached on a fielder’s choice and Bretz walked before Johnson reached on an error. Gates followed with a two-run double and Mallory Morrison hit an RBI groundout.

Gowanda scored two runs in the fifth inning, but got no closer.

In the seventh, Weise had a putout at first base and Johnson threw down to first base on a dropped third strike for the second out before Olivia Herrington speared a line drive up the middle for the final out.

Herrington struck out 10 and walked one for Chautauqua Lake.

Zoey Kota struck out seven for the Panthers.

The Thunderbirds will travel to No. 2 Portville this afternoon.


WESTFIELD — Westfield’s Haleigh Dellow was “effectively wild” Monday evening.

A five-run inning gave her plenty of support.

The fourth-seeded Wolverines hit three doubles and a triple — all with two outs — during a decisive third-inning uprising and beat No. 5 Ellicottville 7-1 in a Class C quarterfinal.

Dellow actually threw a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts, but walked eight in the circle.

The sophomore also jump-started the two-out rally by getting hit by a pitch and stealing second base. Sydney Hotchkill followed Dellow with an RBI double and then stole third before Tanleigh Bestine walked and stole second. Casey Black hit a two-run double and Brynn Ernewein followed with an RBI double of her own before Eva Gnadzinski hit an RBI triple and was thrown out at the plate going for a home run.

The Eagles actually led 1-0 after the top of the first inning as Allison Rowland walked and stole second before moving to third on a groundout and scoring on an error.

Dellow struck out the side in the second and sixth innings. For the game, she threw 79 of her 142 pitches for strikes.

Hotchkiss and Black each had two of Westfield’s seven hits.

The Wolverines will travel to No. 1 Falconer this afternoon.


PANAMA — Ashlyn Harvey did a little bit of everything for top-seeded Panama.

The right-hander tossed a five-hitter and struck out 11, while helping her own cause with a run-scoring triple and an RBI single to lead the Panthers to a 5-3 victory over No. 8 Pine Valley in a Class D quarterfinal.

Marra Hovey and Sarah Harvey had the other hits for Panama (9-4), which will host Brocton, a 13-0 winner over Forestville, in the semifinals this afternoon.

Lyric Westlund tossed a four-hitter for the Panthers (0-12) and had three of her team’s five hits. Teammate Danica Farnham contributed offensively with a double.


SHERMAN — Sam Henning threw a complete-game four-hitter with four strikeouts as No. 3 Clymer/Sherman beat No. 6 West Valley 12-2 in Class D quarterfinal play.

Janelle Burchanowski had two hits and scored three times; Amaya Lewczyk reached base four times; and Karlen Honey and Mikala Einink each reached base three times.

Clymer/Sherman will travel to No. 2 North Collins this afternoon.


BROCTON — Juli Smith went 2 for 2 with an RBI double, scored three times and was hit by a pitch twice as No. 4 Brocton beat No. 5 Forestville 13-0 in Class D quarterfinal action.

Smith also threw a six-hitter with four strikeouts and four walks in the circle for the Bulldogs, who will travel to No. 1 Panama this afternoon.

Savanna Krystofiak added two hits, including a double, and three RBIs while Jena Vacanti chipped in a two-run double for Brocton.

Alexis Alguire struck out six and walked four in the circle for the Hornets.


PORTVILLE — Brooke DeYoe threw a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts and seven walks as No. 2 Portville edged No. 7 Holland 3-1 in Class C quarterfinal play.

Mia Hlasnick had a triple and two runs scored; Faith Capito singled and scored a run; Olivia Emley singled; and Mia Welty and Felecia Capito each drove in a run for the Panthers.

Delyea Mest had the Lady Dutchmen’s lone hit, Julia Comstock scored their run and Jessica Hymes had the RBI.


DEPEW — Jordan Kanick threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts as No. 5 Depew shut out No. 4 Dunkirk 1-0 in Class B1 quartefinal action.

Depew hit a solo home run in the seventh inning

The Wildcats will travel take on No. 1 City Honors at McCarthy Park today.


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