Top-seeded Pine Valley wrapped up a spot in the Section VI Class D baseball finals by scoring in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 5-4 victory over visiting Brocton.
Lyle Howard's single in the seventh scored Winfred Nelson to break a tie at 4 and send the Panthers on to today's championship game against No. 2 seed North Collins at Diethrick Park in Jamestown.
Both teams played following a week layoff and the errors piled up. Pine Valley scored its first two runs off errors and couldn't close the deal in the top of the seventh when Brocton scored on an error to tie the game.
"It was a little bit of a mess and you could tell both teams hadn't played in a while," Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek said. "Both teams settled down after a rough start."
Especially on the bump where Howard struck out 12 and Brocton's Brad Johnson fanned nine in a complete-game effort.
"It's a great feeling for the kids and it's great to kind of live through them," Buczek said. "It's always a nice feeling when your players are happy."
> Maziarz homers in win
Cleveland Hill captured the Section VI Class B-2 softball championship, 12-5, over Gowanda as Emily Maziarz homered and Katie Netti finished 3 for 4 and scored a run.
Kati Hamlon had a two-run single and Lacey Clark a two-run double in the fifth inning to lead Dunkirk to the Class B-1 championship with an 8-1 triumph over Depew.
Portville produced plenty of offense in its 12-1 victory over Randolph in the Class C semifinal.
The game was tied at 1 until the fourth when the Panthers scored nine runs over the next three innings. Kayla Welty went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, while Albanie Stives threw a four-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Portville will meet Frewsburg for the Class C championship, and the Bears experienced their own offensive outburst against Maple Grove in its 20-0 romp. But scoring was overshadowed by the brilliant performance of pitcher Sam Mott.
Mott, who threw a perfect game earlier this season, tossed a no-hitter while striking out 16 and issuing just two walks. Alanna Blanchard, who hit a two-run triple in the second inning, finished with three RBIs.
Forestville punched its ticket to the Class D final as Emily Gilman and Emily Markham both homered in the Hornets' 15-5 triumph over Ripley.
North Collins is Forestville's next opponent after Jessica Lawton struck out seven and went 3 for 5 and scored two runs in the Eagles' 10-4 triumph over Panama.