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Pine Valley beats Clymer in quarterfinal

May 25, 2016
Westfield Republican

By Craig Harvey

SOUTH DAYTON (May 23) - With three straight Section VI Class D high school softball titles to their name, the No. 2 Pine Valley Lady Panthers are setting their sights on another long postseason run.

And with Jessica Wilcox in the circle pitching to her catcher, and sister, Jamie, along with solid defense and a potent offense, not many would argue Pine Valley is poised for games in the month of June.

Clymer coach Stephanie White became a believer Monday as her No. 7 Lady Pirates were shut out, 22-0, in the quarterfinals.

"They are a very tough team," White said. "They have a great pitching-catching combination. Jessica has great speed on her pitches. We haven't seen anything like that all season. She has great movement and a lot of pitches she can throw for strikes."

Wilcox finished with 15 strikeouts and allowed just one hit.

Meanwhile, Pine Valley's offense gave Wilcox all the offense she needed.

In the first inning, the Lady Panthers sent 15 batters to the plate. Every batter crossed home plate in the frame, while Kayla Hohl and Jessica Wilcox each crossed home plate twice to give the home team an 11-0 lead.

Jamie Wilcox had a two-run double and Kaylee Crisanti had a RBI double in the inning.

"Kaylee Crisanti, at the plate, has really come alive and is tuned in," Pine Valley coach Danielle Arnone said.

The Lady Pirates shot themselves in the foot as two routine pop flies in foul territory were dropped and a infield pop fly was not caught, and the ball rolled into foul territory turning an out into a foul ball, which ultimately led to four more Pine Valley runs.

"It works for their benefit, but not ours," White said of the miscues. "We had those errors and it got on our morale. We got out of it. In the second inning, the same thing happened and we worked out of it."

It was much of the same in the second inning as the Lady Panthers sent 10 batters to the plate and tacked on five more runs, highlighted by a RBI single from Lindsey Crisanti, two-run double from Jamie Wilcox and an RBI single from Rebecca Butcher.

"I think every year we have high expectations for our ladies," Arnone said. "We always talk about how it doesn't matter what you have done all season. Everything is wiped clean. When you show up today, what team do you want to be? We want to play our best ball."

The offense was the best it could be Monday as it pounded out 18 hits.

"Morgan Granger added an RBI single, Brandee Pulliam-Dahl had two hits with a RBI and two runs scored. Zoe Nelson crossed home plate three times while Karah Herman scored two runs.

"Everyone is part of the team, but it's nice they can get in there and contribute more than they usually do," Arnone said.

Clymer's lone hit came from Libby Heil in the fourth inning.

"For our girls, it's good to see competition like this," White said. "We know what we need to do to step up our game."

Westfield loses to

Panama, 16-0

(May 23) - The third-seeded Westfield Lady Wolverines dropped a 16-0 decision to the Panama Lady Panthers in the Section VI Class D quarterfinals Monday.

Natalie Torres gave up just two hits in a complete game victory for sixth-seeded Panama. She struck out seven and walked five. The hits she gave up were a double by Amy Meleen and a single by Jani Barney.

Westfield was hampered by the loss of their top pitcher and hitter, Laura Tofil, to a nasty flu bug, according to Westfield coach Ed LeBarron. Freshman Sarah Tilley was forced to make her first career start in Tofil's place, allowing 15 hits in a complete-game effort.

"She hadn't pitched a lot during the season. She had pitched only eight or nine innings," LeBarron said. "For not pitching a lot, she did OK."

"That was a tough loss," the coach said of Tofil's illness-induced absence.

For Panama, Madalyn Bowen was 3 for 4 with a home run and a triple. Taylor Bowen went 3 for 4 with a triple, while Haley King had a 3-for-3 afternoon, including a double.

"If it had been a different day, the outcome of the day could have been totally different," LeBarron said. "Otherwise I think we had a very good season. Panama likes to hit the ball - I can't take anything away from them, either."

Lady Thunderbirds edge Portville, 2-1

PORTVILLE (May 23) - Olivia Anderson pitched No. 6 Chautauqua Lake past No. 3 Portville in the Section VI Class C quarterfinals.

Anderson hurled a four-hitter and despite eight walks she also fanned eight in a 2-1 win to send the Thunderbirds into Wednesday's semifinal against Barker in Ripley.

Chautauqua Lake (16-7) scored both runs in the second inning on an error and a double by Kendra Kyser.

Anderson held Portville scoreless until the fifth when the Panthers scored on a passed ball.

Portville threatened in the seventh when Cammie McCracken was walked intentionally for the fourth time and eventually got around to third base on a steal and sacrifice. However, a failed suicide squeeze bunt resulted in a game-ending double play when third baseman Cianna Braymiller made the catch and threw to shortstop Cameryn Hawkins to end it.

Jade Walsh and Hawkins wound up with two hits each for the winners with Hawkins hitting a double. Piper Slocum had two hits for Portville, which left 12 players stranded.

Torrey Cassidy of Portville suffered the defeat, allowing five hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

CL scores game's lone run to top Silver Creek

RIPLEY (May 20) - Chautauqua Lake's Olivia Anderson was on the winning end of a pitcher's duel Friday as the No. 6 Lady Thunderbirds edged the No. 11 Silver Creek Black Knights, 1-0, in the pre-quarterfinals of the Section VI Class C high school softball playoffs.

Anderson carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, before Silver Creek's Maddie Eggleston connected for a two-out hit. She finished with 11 strikeouts, two walks and just one hit in the complete-game effort.

Meanwhile, her counterpart, Ivee Pagels, also threw a complete game, giving up three hits, five walks and five strikeouts.

The lone run on the evening came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Cianna Braymiller started the inning off with a ground-rule double.

Katelyn Fardink followed with a walk to put two on with one out. The runners advanced on a wild pitch. A groundout by Kendra Keyser scored Braymiller for the eventual game-winning run.

The other hits for the Lady Thunderbirds belonged to Keyser (double) and Jade Walsh (single).



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