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Cleve Hill, Frewsburg move on; Eagles' Maziarz homers; Forestville wins in 'D'

Three Section VI teams punched tickets to the Far West Regionals Saturday as Cleveland Hill, Frewsburg and Forestville captured Section VI softball championships at Promenschenkel Stadium.

Class B-2 champ Cleveland Hill used a late rally to race past B-1 winner Dunkirk, 7-3, for its first crossover sectional title in school history.

Frewsburg edged Portville, 3-2, in Class C, and Forestville held on to defeat North Collins, 3-2, for the Class D title.

Emily Maziarz delivered a two-out, three-run homer to give Cleveland Hill a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning. The drive barely cleared the fence in left center but it was enough to give Golden Eagles a lead they would never relinquish.

Cleveland Hill added thee runs in the sixth as Nicole Zak and Haille James came through with RBI hits.

"We're in uncharted territory," Cleveland Hill coach David Hehr said. "Dunkirk is such a good team and we were the underdog. All along we've just had the thought of don't give up. We believed."

Top seed Frewsburg held off a late charge from third-seeded Portville to retain the Class C itle. The Bears scored an unearned run in the second on a Portville throwing error. The Panthers loaded the bases with two outs in the third. A ground ball by Justine Zink appeared to tie the game, but runner interference was called at third base to end the inning.

"That was huge," Frewsburg coach Jon Blanchard said. "My shortstop is smart enough to know she has to keep coming hard toward the ball. She did exactly what she was supposed to do."

Portville tied the game with an unearned run in the fifth, but Frewsburg broke the tie in the bottom of the inning when Reyanne Strong put down a squeeze bunt after singles by Karlee Foti and Shawna Raymond. An infield single by McKenzie Cass pushed the second run of the inning across.

"We play a lot of small ball," Blanchard said. "That situation came up and my runners know what to do and the batter did a great job and put the bunt right where it needed to be."

Portville scored an unearned run in the seventh, but Frewsburg's Sam Mott recorded her 12th strikeout to end the game with runners at second and third.

Mott allowed only three hits and did not allow an earned run.

"At the end she started bearing down," Blanchard said. "I thought she threw her best inning in the seventh. She's a competitor; she has been for a long time.

In Class D, Forestville won when pinch runner Elizabeth Gilman scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. The Hornets opened the scoring with a run on Baylee Gloss' RBI single in the first but left the bases loaded. Emily Markham's infield grounder gave Forestville a two-run advantage.

Forestville pitcher Ryanne Dugan gave up five hits, but only one after the fourth inning. She struck out 15 with two walks.

Cleveland Hill will play its regional game at Niagara Falls on Tuesday while Frewsburg and Forestville will play their regionals at Monroe Community College.