By CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor at wellsvillesports.com
Andover/Whitesville 5, Genesee Valley/Belfast 3
BELMONT — Defense was the name of the game on Wednesday. With both Andover/Whitesville’s Makaila Brewster and Genesee Valley/Belfast’s Hannah Southwick-Powers in complete command of their games on the mound, it was up to the offense to hold up their end of the bargin.
Although the runs came across at a sparing pace, there was an inning that stood out from the rest. That belonged to Andover/Whitesville, who erased a 2-0 lead for Genesee Valley/Belfast in the top of the fourth by doubling it, scoring four of their five runs in their fourth stint at the plate, holding it for good down the stretch to secure a 5-3 edge to earn their first win of the season.
“Tammy (Ellison) and I were very happy with the way the girls played tonight,” said Andover/Whitesville co-coach Al Barber. “They played a pretty sound, defensive game. Makaila threw a wonderful game on the mound by going the distance. We had some great at-bats as well from some of the girls, which really helped us down the stretch.”
After a scoreless first inning went by, Genesee Valley/Belfast worked their way onto the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. But the lead would not hold for much longer, as Andover/Whitesville (1-1) found their way to the board, and then some, scoring their first four runs in the fourth to take their first lead of the game.
The pressure would turn up on the visitors coming down the stretch, as Genesee Valley/Belfast (0-2) scratched across a run in the bottom half to cut their deficit to one. But Andover/Whitesville would get their one right back in the sixth to keep their two-run lead in tact until the end, securing their first win of the season along the way.
Makaila Brewster picked up the win for Andover/Whitesville, striking out seven and walking three in her five-hitter. At the plate, Rachel Jackson led the bats with a pair of hits. On the other side, Hannah Southwick-Powers struck out nine and walked three in her six-hit performance. On offense, Abby Sullivan and Anna Drozdowski each had two hits.
Both teams are now off until after Spring Break, as Andover/Whitesville hits the road to visit Bolivar-Richburg on April 18 in a 5 p.m. first pitch, while Genesee Valley/Belfast will hit the road and visit Hammondsport one day later in a 6 p.m. battle on April 19.
Andover/Whitesville 000 401 0 – 5 6 3
Genesee Valley/Belfast 020 100 0 – 3 5 4
A/W – Makaila Brewster (LP) (CG, 5K, 3BB), and Zoey Lee.
GV/B – Hannah Southwick-Powers (WP) (CG, 9K, 3BB), and Harley Proctor.
Friendship/Scio 17, Fillmore 1
FILLMORE — After the Lady Eagles of Fillmore started out with the early lead during their first at-bats, it would not be long until visiting Friendship/Scio found their way onto the board. With a slew of hits and miscues on the defensive side, the defending Class D2 Champions took advantage of everything to pair with another dominant outing from Nevaeh Ross in their 17-1 win in Fillmore on Wednesday.
A fielder’s choice from Lizzy Nugent gave Fillmore the spark in their first outing at the plate, driving in a run off a single. But the run would be the only one the Lady Eagles would manage to scratch across, as Friendship/Scio (3-0) went on to score 17 consecutive runs beginning in the top of the second, where they would take the lead with a pair of runs.
Friendship/Scio continued to add on with four more runs in the third inning, all led by RBI hits from the bats of Ross, Kadence Donohue and Katherine Lamberson. The trend continued on until the visitors concluded the scoring with a three-run seventh inning, propelled by a massive RBI triple from Morghyn Ross, who led the team on offense with a 4-for-5 outing, with her triple, two RBI and three runs scored.
Nevaeh Ross and Kadence Donohue each had two hits including a triple, and double respectively, while Lamberson went 2-for-3 with two RBI to help further the team’s cause. To go with a 17-run, 12-hit performance, Nevaeh Ross followed with an epic three-hit performance by striking out 16 and walking one.
“The first two innings were good softball all the way around, and then Friendship/Scio kept putting the ball into play, and we gave them way too much with our defense, as well as their base-running,” said Lady Eagles coach Jon Beardsley. “Nevaeh is just tough on the mound, and you expect that. You must be very good in all facets of the game to stay with them. The pressure hit our defense knowing that we had to keep it close, and we weren’t quite ready for that. With 16 strikeouts, she showed the pitcher that she is, and overall, they are well-rounded behind her. We appreciate these games as it only makes us better. If we want to go up to the next level, games like this will help us get there.”
The Lady Eagles (3-1) accounted for just one run on three hits — all by Lizzy Nugent, who went 3-for-3 with a double, and RBI. In the circle, Saige Friedl struck out two and walked three in her complete game. Fillmore will return to action after Spring Break, as they head for Arkport/Canaseraga on April 19 for a 5 p.m. first pitch.
If weather permits this evening, Friendship/Scio will head back home to host Bolivar-Richburg in an early battle of 3-0 undefeateds, beginning at 5 p.m. in Friendship.
Friendship/Scio 024 224 3 – 17 12 2
Fillmore 100 000 0 – 1 3 5
F/S – Nevaeh Ross (WP) (CG, 16K, BB), and Morghyn Ross.
FIL – Saige Friedl (LP) (CG, 2K, 3BB), and Lizzy Nugent.