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Girls Softball Round up


Friendship-Scio wins, C-R falls at Portville Tourney, Fillmore routs Perry

By Chris Brooks, Editor,

PORTVILLE — The theme for the opening round festivities in Portville on
Saturday, was dominant pitching.

Both Friendship/Scio pitcher Nevaeh Ross, and Portville’s Mia Welty were
simply unstoppable from within the circle during the afternoon’s showcase, each
recording over 10 strikeouts while holding their opposition at the plate at bay
along the way, as both teams propelled their way towards victory and into the
Championship game, which will occur later this month

For the defending Class D2 Champions, Ross was a force on both sides of the
field during the team’s first round contest against Randolph, with her pitching
serving as the hammer, holding down the Lady Cardinals to a single hit — a
two-out single in the sixth that broke up the no-hit bid for the
Friendship/Scio sophomore.

“Nevaeh had a good game. As a whole team, we did pretty good, but we did
have some first game jitters,” said Friendship/Scio coach Deb Kane. “There are
definitely some areas that we’ve seen that we need to work on. It might be our
first game, but we definitely need to be more disciplined at the plate and cut
down on the strikeouts, especially the ones where we were caught looking.”

In the end, Ross outlasted Randolph’s Kendall Steward in a season-opening
pitching duel of epic proportions, fanning 18 Lady Cardinals, while Steward
countered with 15 strikeouts of her own to go with two walks in her performance
from within the circle.

At the plate, Ross broke open the game after Friendship/Scio originally took
a 2-0 lead through the opening frame, as she blasted a grand slam in the top of
the third inning, helping extend their lead to seven. She would finish with a
2-for-4 outing at the plate with six total RBI and two runs scored. Morghyn
Ross added in a double, while Jadeyn Shields drove in a pair of runs.

As for the Lady Rebels (0-1), a four-run opening frame from the Lady
Panthers of Portville would prove to be the spark they needed to kick the tires
on a dominant 10-2 victory to claim the Championship game’s final spot of their
home tournament.

Cuba-Rushford was slowed by a 12-strikeout performance from Mia Welty in the
circle for the Section VI powerhouse, as she held the Lady Rebels to just three
hits in her victory. Taylor Searle had two of those hits, both singles, as well
as one of the two runs scored. Aubrey Williams added in the final hit off a
single of her own to help the cause.

Sydney Howard went the distance for the team in grey and blue with six
strikeouts and two walks. On April 26, the tournament will reach its conclusion
with Cuba-Rushford and Randolph going head-to-head in the Consolation round,
while Friendship/Scio and Portville battle it out for the tournament’s title.

For now, Friendship/Scio and Cuba-Rushford will both return to action in a
pair of 5 p.m. first pitches on Monday, with Friendship/Scio heading back on
the road to visit Andover/Whitesville, in Whitesville, while Cuba-Rushford
heads back home to welcome in Bolivar-Richburg.

Friendship/Scio 205 001 2 – 10 8 3

Randolph 000 000 0 – 0 1 8

F/S – Nevaeh Ross (WP) (CG, 18K),
and Morghyn Ross.

RAN – Kendall Steward (LP) (CG, 15K, 2BB), and Allie Conley.

Cuba-Rushford 000 000 2 – 2 3 5

Portville 402 022 X – 10 13 0

C-R – Sydney Howard (LP) (CG, 6K,
2BB), and Aubrey Williams.

PORT – Mia Welty (WP) (CG, 12K, 2BB), and Mattison Foster.

Fillmore 19, Perry 2

FILLMORE — The Lady Eagles of Fillmore followed up their double-digit
victory over Canisteo-Greenwood/Jasper-Troupsburg back on Thursday with another
in the same fashion on Saturday, as they used a dominant complete game
perfromance from Saige Friedl and their special teams to their advantage to
create a 19-2 win over Perry to move to 2-0.

The Lady Eagles (2-0) would account for 10 of the game’s first 11 runs after
Perry scored an early 1-0 lead. Fillmore responded with two runs to ultimately
overtake the lead permanently. They would add onto it an inning later with
their biggest stand, scratching across eight runs to eclipse double figures for
the game.

To end the game, the hosts in black and green scored their last nine runs in
the bottom of the fourth inning, paced by baserunning and a pair of RBI singles
off the bats of Emily Krzeminski and Mercedes Wolcott.

“We were very solid on the defensive side, and offensively we were smart at
the plate and on the base paths,” said Lady Eagles coach Jon Beardsley. “We
advanced when we should have, hit behind the lead runners, and played smart
offensive softball. It is nice to start the season off 2-0, but this next week,
we will be tested with games against three quality opponents.”

Friedl earned the win in the circle for the Lady Eagles, holding the Lady
Yellowjackets to just three hits behind a six-strikeout, two-walk performance.
At the plate, Krzeminski and Wolcott led the bats with a pair of hits each,
both collecting two RBI while Krzeminski scored four times. Skylar Gaddy drove
in three additional RBI.

Fillmore is back on the field Monday night over the road with a 7 p.m. first
pitch in Belfast, visiting Genesee Valley/Belfast.

Perry 100 01 – 2 3 2

Fillmore 280 9X – 19 7 1

PER – Jayden McClurg (LP) (5K,
6BB), Keira Weber (3) (2K, 4BB), and Allison Sumeriski.

FIL – Saige Friedl (WP) (CG, 6K, 2BB), and Lizzy Nugent.


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