Lady Cougars Stun No. 1 Frewsburg For First Win
FREWSBURG — The Cassadaga Valley Lady Cougars came into the Section VI softball playoffs last season without a loss.
This this year they came in without a win.
That all changed Thursday afternoon.
In a huge way.
Trailing 3-0 after four innings, the eighth-seeded Lady Cougars scored two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth on their way to a stunning 4-3 victory over top-seeded Frewsburg in a Class C2 quarterfinal upset at the Robert H. Jackson Athletic Complex.
“It’s amazing. It was unbelievable to watch the girls come together,” said first-year Cassadaga Valley head coach Jerri Crandall. “I couldn’t be more proud of the girls.”
Brittyn LeBaron tossed a four-hitter, struck out eight and walked six for Cassadaga Valley (1-15). She helped her own cause with a double, and she was the beneficiary of a pair of huge hits — a two-run triple by Olivia Bishop in the fifth inning and RBI singles by Holly Crandall and Brielle LeBaron in the sixth.
MaKena Adams allowed only five hits, struck out nine and didn’t issue a walk for the Bears, and teammate Elise Sposato smacked a triple.
Cassadaga Valley now moves on to face the winner of Holland/Ellicottville on Tuesday.
RED DRAGONS COAST
BEMUS POINT — No. 2 Maple Grove led 6-0 before the first inning was over en route to an 18-0 win over No. 7 Barker in Class C2 quarterfinal play.
Elise Swanson went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs while Sarah Berg was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and five runs scored for the Red Dragons, who will host No. 3 Randolph in Tuesday’s semifinals. Clare Crossley had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI while Sammy Davis also had two hits and an RBI in the victory.
Lynne Nordin threw a three-hitter with three strikeouts in the circle.
Emily Wagner doubled while Chloe Lee and Courtney Hillman each singled for the Raiders.
ABRAMS STARS FOR CARDS
RANDOLPH — Mya Abrams had six of No. 3 Randolph’s 21 hits in a 24-6 Class C2 quarterfinal victory over No. 6 Westfield.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Abrams had a three-run triple as part of a nine-run bottom of the first for the Cardinals.
The Wolverines responded with a four-run second inning to make it 9-6, but Abrams hit a three-run home run to push the lead back up to six in Randolph’s half of the frame. The freshman leadoff batter finished with nine RBIs on the afternoon.
Lavani Johnson finished with three hits, including two doubles; Nikki Lockwood had three singles; and Brynn Pagett, Kendall Steward and Kyra Pence each had two singles for the Cardinals. Abby Mansfield threw a three-hitter with 10 Ks in the circle.
Casey Black, Sarah Tilley and Abbi Warner each singled for the Wolverines.
Randolph will travel to Bemus Point to take on No. 2 Maple Grove in Tuesday’s semifinals.
TROJANS’ SEASON ENDS
MIDDLEPORT — No. 2 Royalton-Hartland improved to 16-2 on the year with a 26-1 win over Southwestern in Class B2 quarterfinal action.
Mallory Steiner pitched the winners through all six innings, striking out 11 batters and issuing two walks.
Jamie Bower went 4 for 4 with two home runs and nine RBIs for the Rams.
Southwestern ends the year at 8-13, as Ashton Beckerink, Sofia Genareo and Brynn Conley split time in the circle.
RED RAIDERS FALL SHORT
ORCHARD PARK — A five-run bottom of the fifth inning helped No. 1 Orchard Park put away No. 8 Jamestown for good in a 17-4 Class AA quarterfinal.
The Red Raiders made a game of it in the top of the fifth inning as Emma Weng hit a three-run triple to make it 8-4.
Weng finished with three hits, including the triple, while Morgan Overturf also had an RBI triple. Lindsey Spitz and Olivia Gates had singles in the loss.
Megan Giese struck out nine in six innings for the Quakers, who will take on No. 4 Lancaster in Wednesday’s semifinals.
PORTVILLE — Mia Hlasnick, Bryn Milne and Karly Welty all had four hits to support the shutout performance in the circle by Brooke DeYoe and Laura Wilhelm as Portville (13-6) downed Salamanca, 21-0, in a Section VI Class C1 quarterfinal.
Hlasnick had a pair of doubles among her three hits and drove in three runs, and Welty had five RBIs.
Emma Fiske had two of Salamanca’s three hits.