Despite brutal playing conditions, the Dunkirk Lady Marauders (2-2) were able to play a full seven innings and came away with an 11-6 CCAA West I softball victory over the Maple Grove Lady Red Dragons at Dunkirk's Veteran's Field on Friday.
Maple Grove jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Dunkirk came storming back to score eight runs over the next two innings, including a six-run third inning that put the Lady Marauders ahead for good.
"We started not so hot, and we ended not so hot, but in between we played pretty well," Dunkirk coach John Sliwa said. "We are still making too many errors - we had four today - but we are coming around. We are slowly getting there."
Photo by Scott Reagle
Alex Harrison of Maple Grove rips the ball into center field during Friday’s Division 1 West game at Dunkirk.
They added two more runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to take a commanding 11-2 lead into the seventh inning.
Maple Grove tacked on four runs in the seventh, but by then the game was largely out of reach.
Aimee Kaufman earned the complete-game win in the circle, allowing three earned runs and five hits while striking out two and walking three.
"She was very good early," Sliwa said of Kaufman. "She gave up one in the first, one in the second and seven in the fourth. I think she relaxed a little considering we were up 11-2, but overall she pitched a solid game."
Riley Drummond tripled in the win and added a single while Keraghen Krzyzanowicz added two hits and four RBIs.
Selena Ruiz and Maddy Crandall contributed triples for Dunkirk while doubles were recorded by Emilee Hanlon and Kaufman.
Lynne Nordin went the distance for the Lady Red Dragons, allowing 11 runs and 15 hits while striking out one and walking two.
Big fifth inning helps Westfield
past Maple Grove
WESTFIELD, April 26 - Down 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Westfield Lady Wolverines exploded for four runs as they went on to defeat Maple Grove, 6-3, in non-league softball action Saturday.
"The little ball worked early and the big ball worked later," Westfield coach Dave Luder said.
Amy Meleen singled and stole second to get the Lady Wolverines going before Olivia Knapp chased her home with a triple to tie the game. Katy Catalano then chased Knapp home with an infield single, which set up Rachel Allen, who smashed a two-run homer for the game's final margin.
Laura Tofil went the distance for Westfield, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out nine and walking five, four of which were in the Lady Red Dragons' three-run fourth inning.
"Laura threw real nice," Luder said. "Except for that one inning. She went through 10 batters in three innings and eight batters in (the fourth inning). Then, just 11 batters in the last three innings. She's going to be good."
Catalano finished with two hits while Meleen reached base safely three times in the win.