Ostrye Shuts Down Clymer In One-Hitter
FORESTVILLE — No. 4 Forestville defeated No. 5 Clymer, 5-0, in the quarterfinals of the Section VI Class D playoffs Tuesday evening.
The Hornets’ Brooke Ostrye was one hit shy of throwing a perfect game in the circle as Clymer’s Trinidy Stacey singled with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.
“Brooke threw hard and hit her spots,” Forestville coach Brianne Hazelton said. “She was consistent and showed great leadership for the other girls to follow.”
After six strikeouts in the first two innings, the Hornets offense erupted in the third inning for three runs. Phoebe Kingsfield led off with a single and twin sister Claire Kingsfield eventually blasted an RBI double. Caroline Kaicher then drew a walk and stole second. The throw was cut off by Clymer in an attempt to throw out Claire Kingsfield, who scored the second run. With heads-up base running, Kaicher took advantage, going to third on the play. That proved to be critical as Kaicher scored on a wild pitch.
“Our base running was great today,” Hazelton said. “The girls are becoming more aggressive and have done a great job recently taking the extra base when they can.”
The Hornets added two more runs in the sixth inning. After Makenzie Press began the rally with a single, Ostrye had a sacrifice bunt to move Press up to second. Cece Egan then crushed an RBI double over the center fielder. Later in the inning, Phoebe Kingsfield hit another single to give Forestville its fifth and final run of the game.
“Our entire batting order contributed today,” Hazelton said. “Early in the game, we were not playing our game. We were swinging for the fences. Later on, the team stayed disciplined to get quality base hits. The bottom of our lineup really got us started and we were able to keep that momentum going throughout the game.”
Clymer pitcher Erica Gustafson gave up eight hits while recording eight strikeouts.
“Erica kept us in the game today,” Clymer coach Dave Bodamer said. “She limited their opportunities, but they are a good team and were eventually able to get a few runners in. I was pleased with the effort today. The first two games were blowouts when we played them this year. We did not have the offense to match them. That is a good ball club and we are trying to get to where they are.”
HAHN HURLS ONE-HITTER
BUFFALO — Alyssa Hahn threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and a walk as No. 3 Cassadaga Valley beat No. 2 Tapestry, 8-1, in the Class C1 semifinals Tuesday at Houghton Park.
The Cougars’ ace was working on a no-hitter until Julia Kilonsky led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a bloop single. Kilonsky went to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a ground out.
Cassadaga Valley’s offense slowly came to life as the game went on, scoring a run in the first and a run in the third before scoring six in the fifth and sixth.
“I was pretty concerned. I think the girls took Tapestry lightly,” Cassadaga Valley coach Ken Balling said. “They are a decent ballclub. We definitely didn’t bring our best game.”
Brittyn LeBaron had an RBI single in the third inning before breaking the game open with a two-run double in the fifth. Hannah Edwards following with an RBI single to score LeBaron.
In the sixth, Hahn led off with a double before courtesy runner Ashley Lind scored all the way from first when Tapestry threw the ball away on Lexi Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt. Alyssa Watts later had a sacrifice fly.
Jenna Caskey added a double for the Cougars, who had eight hits in the game.
Cassadaga Valley will be play in its first sectional final since 2013 at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against No. 4 Chautauqua Lake at Promenschenkel Stadium in Dunkirk. The 2013 Cougars lost to eventual state-champion Frewsburg, 3-2, in eight innings when Hahn was an eighth-grader.
T’BIRDS RALLY FOR WIN
CHEEKTOWAGA — Chautauqua Lake battled back from a 2-0 third-inning deficit to beat Cleveland Hill, 4-2, in a Class C1 semifinal.
Olivia Anderson threw a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts and three walks for the fourth-seeded Thunderbirds.
The top-seeded Eagles put their first run on the board in the bottom of the first on an error before scoring another run in the bottom of the third with a pair of hits, a walk and an error.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Chautauqua Lake’s Katelyn Fardink singled and advanced to third when Kendra Keyser reached on an error. Jenna Briggs also reached on an error to score Fardink before a pickoff ended the frame.
The Thunderbirds took the lead in the fifth when Lakin Gustafson singled and Brittany Fardink doubled before another Cleveland Hill error.
Anderson shut down the Eagles offense the rest of the way giving up just two walks and a triple while striking out six in the final three innings.
Chautauqua Lake plated its final run in the sixth.
Taylor Betz threw a complete game for Cleveland Hill, striking out nine in a five-hitter while walking five.
PORTVILLE — Sydney Colligan threw a one-hitter with seven strikeouts while walking three and hitting a batter as No. 1 Portville advanced to the Class C2 final with a 5-0 win over No. 4 Cattaraugus-Little Valley.
Emily Horth singled up the middle with two outs in the top of the seventh inning for the Timberwolves’ lone hit.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning as Jess Munson walked, Jill Hlasnick singled, Bryn Wilne hit an RBI single and Piper Slocum hit a sacrifice fly.
Portville added two more in the fifth as Hlasnick led off with a double, stole third and scored on a passed ball. Milne, Karly Welty and Haley Unverdorben all followed with walks before Kara Howard’s sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Hlasnick hit what would have been a two-run home run, but the runner missed home plate, taking away a run.
Emma Rupp and Lia Johnson combined on a seven-hitter with five walks while striking out one for Cattaraugus-Little Valley.
The Panthers will play in their first sectional final since losing to Frewsburg in 2013.
NORTH COLLINS — No. 3 North Collins had an impressive 14-0 win over No. 6 Brocton in Class D quarterfinal action.
Rebecca Cyrek was nearly perfect on the day with a complete-game shutout, allowing just one hit to go along with seven strikeouts.
Brocton’s Jen Potter blooped a single over first base in the fourth inning to ruin the perfect game.
Morgan Lawton had three hits, including two home runs, while Alexa English went 3 for 4 with a two-run home run and four RBIs for North Collins. Cyrek, Rebecca Holmes and Bailey Romano each chipped in two hits apiece.
KAMS STYMIES FREDONIA
FREDONIA — Destiny Salkowski provided the run while Emily Kams worked a masterful seven innings in the circle Tuesday afternoon as No. 3 Medina edged No. 2 Fredonia, 1-0, in a Class B2 semifinal.
Kams tossed 6ª innings of no-hit ball before Sydney Bigelow laced a clean single into center field. Kams then retired Cassie Essek, who had walked her previous two times to the plate, on strikes to end the game and start the Lady Mustangs’ celebration at the third-base dugout. Kams struck out eight and walked four.
The lone run of the game in the top of the sixth when Salkowski slammed a drive to left-center field. Once the ball landed, there was little doubt she would be trying for home plate.
The home run was just one of the four hits Fredonia hurler Hannah Cybart allowed in her complete-game effort. She struck out five and walked one in her final high school appearance.