By Chris Brooks, managing editor, wellsvillesports.com
WELLSVILLE — With a successful trip down south over the Spring break now officially in the books, it was time for the Lady Lions of Wellsville to get back to work back home at Tullar Field.
There were no signs of slowing down when Allegany-Limestone paid a visit on Tuesday, as the bats were unstoppable at the plate while three different pitchers combined for a one-hit, 15-0 shutout of the Lady Gators after six complete innings to earn the win.
“We definitely swung the bats well. Lindsay put a couple of nice swings on the ball. The pitching was equally effective across the board between Makenzie (Cowburn), Makenna (Dunbar) and Marissa (Ordway). It was really awesome to watch.” said Lady Lions coach Matt Burke.
Four different hitters for the Lady Lions (7-1) all accumulated at least two hits at the plate. But perhaps the biggest bat of the bunch belonged to Lindsay Stuck, who had an outstanding night by going 3-for-4 with a pair of three-run detonations — the first coming in the team’s three-run third, and immediately following, in their six-run fourth inning, ultimately helping distance their lead over the Lady Gators insurmountably.
In all, Wellsville recorded 15 runs off 13 total hits. Adding more fuel to the fire was Kaylie Fuller, who was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a triple and double, driving in a run in the process. Makenna Dunbar went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while Marissa Ordway belted a pair of doubles, scoring one. Emma Dunaway also pitched in with a double.
In the circle, Makenzie Cowburn along with Dunbar and Ordway, all combined to hold Allegany-Limestone to just one hit on offense, with Cowburn recording the victory with five strikeouts and one walk in her two-inning start. Dunbar and Ordway would combine for seven more strikeouts in the remaining four innings of relief.
The Lady Lions are now off until Friday night back on Tullar Field, hosting Gowanda in a 6 p.m. first pitch.
Allegany-Limestone 000 000 – 0 1 2
Wellsville 223 602 – 15 13 0
A-L – Addison Thornton (LP) (CG, 2K, 7BB) and Ellie Strade.
WLSV – Makenzie Cowburn (WP) (5K, BB), Makenna Dunbar (3) (5K), Marissa Ordway (5) (2K) and Lindsay Stuck.
Cuba-Rushford 9, Fillmore 4
FILLMORE — After a back-and-forth engagement with the Franklinville Lady Panthers to start their season off on Monday, the Lady Rebels of Cuba-Rushford would soon see another fight in their midst the very next day.
On Tuesday, the host Lady Eagles of Fillmore went stride for stride with the Lady Rebels all throughout the night. They would get within reach by a single run on two different occasions, but that would be as close as they would get. In the top of the seventh, the Lady Rebels would wind up breaking it open, scoring four massive runs to take a two-run lead and branch it out to six, keeping their lead intact to wrap up what was a huge 9-4 win back on the road.
After an early 1-0 lead was seized by the Lady Rebels (2-0) in the early going, both teams came together to provide an explosive third inning that saw five runs combined come across the plate, beginning with Cuba-Rushford once more, as they posted a big three-run frame before Fillmore answered right back by cutting the deficit in half in the following inning.
Each team would go on to add one more run across the middle innings before the Lady Rebels broke the door down in the top of the seventh with an enormous punch — a four-run stint of offense, which was helped out by Riley Keller all night long at the plate, as she went 4-for-4 with a double and four total RBI.
Fillmore would not go down without a fight, attempting to put late pressure on the Lady Rebels in their final at-bats. They managed to bring one final run across home, but the visitors in gray were able to shut the door before any more momentum from the hosts could be materialized.
In the circle, Sydney Howard garnered the victory for Cuba-Rushford, striking out eight and walking four in her five-inning start. Howard would also record the team’s remaining hit to follow up Keller’s incredible four-hit night.
On the other side, Fillmore (0-1) was paced by a strong debut for Mylee Miller on the rubber, striking out 11 and walking 11 across her six-inning start. At the plate, Skylar Gaddy went a perfect 3-for-3, including a double and drove in two runs. Oakley Frazier and Mattie McCumiskey each chipped in with two hits out of the team’s 11 in total. The Lady Eagles will look to rebound over the road tonight with a 5 p.m. visit to Geneseo.
Cuba-Rushford will take aim at three in a row on Thursday, when their road swing settles in once more, this time at Bolivar-Richburg for a 5 p.m. first pitch.
Cuba-Rushford 103 010 4 – 9 5 5
Fillmore 002 100 1 – 4 11 1
C-R – Sydney Howard (WP) (8K, 4BB), Jordyn Radomski (6) (2K, BB) and Riley Keller.
FIL – Mylee Miller (LP) (11K, 11BB), Sadie Wolcott (7) and Oakley Frazier, Jenna Austin (5).
Friendship/Scio 15, Campbell-Savona 0 (F-5)
FRIENDSHIP — The weather outdoors for much of the day on Tuesday was picture perfect, in time for Friendship/Scio’s arrival back home after a Spring Break away down south at Myrtle Beach. Another thing that was just as perfect, was the game that the reigning State Final Four finalists put on full display against visiting Campbell-Savona.
Nevaeh Ross was untouchable, never allowing a single runner from the Lady Panthers to reach base across the five innings of shortened action during their home opener in Friendship. As a result, the junior went on to hand out 13 chairs to keep the visitors in blue and red off the board from start to finish to power up a 13-0 shutout of perfection.
While Ross was taking care of business from within the circle, the Friendship/Scio (3-2) offense kicked into high gear in every way possible, with six different hitters all recording at least a pair of hits at the plate. With an early 2-0 lead over Campbell-Savona in hand, the floodgates burst wide open for the hosts, as Katherine Lamberson smacked a monster three-run jack in the bottom of the second — a seven-run frame in all, to help branch out the advantage to nine.
Friendship/Scio would go on to score a pair of three-run frames in the third and during their final at-bats in the fifth inning, to close out the victory.
Ross would also become the team’s leading hitter, garnering three hits in all. Following behind were Claire Calhoun, Morghyn Ross, Logan Roberts, Kiara Grover and Emily Lamberson, who all recorded a pair of hits each, with Calhoun tallying a triple and double, Ross recording a triple and Roberts, Grover and Lamberson all pitching in with a double.
Friendship/Scio will have a quick turnaround this evening over the hill, as they head for Scio to welcome in Andover/Whitesville for a 5 p.m. battle.
Campbell-Savona 000 00 – 0 0 0
Friendship/Scio 273 03 – 15 14 0
C-S – Jenna Machuga (LP) (CG, 4K, 5BB) and Hannah DeMong.
F/S – Nevaeh Ross (WP) (CG, 13K) and Morghyn Ross.
Bolivar-Richburg 17, Genesee Valley/Belfast 1 (F-5)
BELFAST — While a night of perfection unfolded in Friendship on Tuesday, the Lady Wolverines of Bolivar-Richburg put together a strong debut to their 2023 campaign of their own over the road in Belfast. Under the guidance of Malayna Ayers in the circle, the Lady Wolverines put the pieces of the puzzle together to create a massive outburst against host Genesee Valley/Belfast, rolling away towards a 17-1 victory after five innings.
Ayers was responsible for dealing Bolivar-Richburg (1-0) their first win in no-hit fashion, despite giving up a run, as the senior ace recorded nine strikeouts to go with a single walk to pick up the triumphant decision. On the flip side, the bats came alive late after both squads were neck-and-neck through the first three innings.
With a narrow 2-1 lead over Genesee Valley/Belfast (0-1) in hand going into the back half, the visitors in black and red completely flipped the script by taking advantage of everything they would see at the plate, accounting for the next 15 runs in unanswered fashion. Among the enormous strand of scores, 10 of them would come in the fifth and final inning to ultimately force the 15-run rule against the hosts, securing the victory for good.
The Lady Wolverines accumulated 17 runs off 12 hits, with Jayna Thomas and Rylee Whiting each recording a pair of runs to pace the efforts. McKinlee and Madigan Harris both had a triple to pitch in. On the other side, Genesee Valley/Belfast saw Hannah Southwick-Powers go into the fourth inning in her start, as she struck out five and walked five. The team’s lone run came in the bottom of the third, posting it off an error committed by the Bolivar-Richburg defense.
Both teams are back on the field in a pair of 5 p.m. contests on Thursday, as Bolivar-Richburg heads back home to welcome in Cuba-Rushford, while Genesee Valley/Belfast hits the road for a visit to Fillmore.
Bolivar-Richburg 200 5(10) – 17 12 1
Genesee Valley/Belfast 001 0 0 – 1 0 2
B-R – Malayna Ayers (WP) (CG, 9K, BB) and Jayna Thomas, Madigan Harris (3).
GVB – Hannah Southwick-Powers (5K, 5BB), Ashley Burrows (4) (3BB), Cassidy Hand (4) (3BB) and Jenna Hill.
Wellsville 5, Genesee Valley/Belfast 0
WELLSVILLE — Genesee Valley/Belfast gave Wellsville a run for their money across the tennis court on Tuesday, using some late stage resilience across the five matches to keep themselves well within reach. But the Lions were able to defy and foil the late threat by the visitors to put away a complete 5-0 sweep on their home court to grab their first win of the new campaign.
The Lions (1-1) brought out the brooms in all three singles matches, with Hua Qui Zhang leading the way by overcoming an early battle with Genesee Valley/Belfast’s Dominic Marra at first singles. After he was able to secure a 6-4 first set win, Zhang settled in and delivered a knockout blow with a 6-0 second set shutout to secure the straight-set victory.
Gavan Dickerson and Adam Iantorno helped finish off the match victory with straight-set wins of their own, with Dickerson laying claim to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Trevor Clark, while Iantorno cruised by James Frawley with a 6-1, 6-1 triumphant performance. In the doubles department, the first doubles team of Shane Davidson and Jayden Acker fought tooth and nail with the team of Luke Snyder and Spencer Rambarah, but ultimately came away with a 6-3, 6-2 win.
Rounding off the wins was the final doubles collaboration of Joel Janssen and Jeremiah Pensyl, as they used a first-set blank to power up their straight-set win over Genesee Valley/Belfast’s (0-1) Liliana Porter and Gavin Kenyon. Genesee Valley/Belfast continues their road swing with a 5 p.m. visit to Cuba-Rushford on Thursday.
Wellsville will resume play this evening, this time on the road, as they pay a visit to the Addison Knights for a 5 p.m. first serve.
1. Hua Qui Zhang (WLSV) def. Dominic Marra (GVB), 6-4, 6-0.
2. Gavan Dickerson (WLSV) def. Trevor Clark (GVB), 6-1, 6-4.
3. Adam Iantorno (WLSV) def. James Frawley (GVB), 6-1, 6-1.
1. Shane Davidson/Jayden Acker (WLSV) def. Luke Snyder/Spencer Rambarah (GVB), 6-3, 6-2.
2. Joel Janssen/Jeremiah Pensyl (WLSV) def. Liliana Porter/Gavin Kenyon (GVB), 6-0, 6-3.