Cattaraugus/Little Valley capitalized on its only hit of the game to scratch out a run in the bottom of the eighth and win its first Section VI Class C softball championship Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Franklinville at Jefferson Middle School in Jamestown.
Alexia Ploetz broke up Ally Haskell’s no-hitter with a leadoff single in the eight. She moved along on a sacrifice by Molleigh Bradley. One out later, Ploetz came home when Hannah Powers’ grounder to the right side was misplayed.
Sara Crandall pitched a four-hitter for the win and got help from double plays in the seventh and eighth. Left-fielder Powers had an assist and putout in the double play that ended the eighth. She threw out a Franklinville runner trying to score on a single, then alertly covered third base and tagged out a second Franklinville runner.
Haskell, an eighth-grader, struck out 11. She had fanned 17 in shutting out Cattaraugus/Little Valley and handing the Timberwolves their only loss in CCAA East 2 regular season play.
Pine Valley captured its second straight Class D sectional title, defeating Brocton, 2-0, behind the pitching of sophomore Jessica Wilcox.
Canisius in final
Senior right-hander Connor Ryan pitched a three-hitter and Richard Miller drove in the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning as Canisius gained a berth in the Georgetown Cup baseball playoffs with a 1-0 victory over St. Francis in Tuesday’s semifinal. Ryan struck out 10 and ended the last St. Francis hope by striking out two batters and getting the third on a ground ball in the seventh inning.
Catcher Brendan Kaplewicz tripled to lead off the bottom of the sixth for Canisius and scored on Miller’s fly to left field.
The Crusaders, the Monsignor Martin Association regular season champions, will meet the winner of today’s Cardinal O’Hara-at-St. Joe’s semifinal in the best-of-three championship series starting Monday.
It’s never over until it’s over. Burgard came from behind with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Middle Early College, 18-17, at McCarthy Park and earn a place in the Cornell Cup League II championship game on Thursday.
The Bulldogs benefitted from walks in their comeback. The big hit of the inning was a double by Roderick Morrow, setting the stage for a walk-off single by Hasnat Hason, which scored Robbie Orange Odell with the winning run.
Hason had five RBIs in the game.
Orrange Odell was the winning pitcher, striking out 12.
Riverside advanced to the title game with a 2-0 victory over Emerson behind the three-hit pitching of Josh Oakley, who struck out 16.
Oakley also scored one of the Frontiers’ two runs in the fourth inning. Owen Laureano drove in the other Riverside run.