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High School Extra (April 29): Olean softball is 9-1; Cheektowaga refuses to lose

Huskies softball 9-1

Olean (9-1), among teams receiving votes in the most recent Western New York large schools softball poll, is a team to keep an eye on.

Olean stayed on the winning path Tuesday with an 8-2 victory over Cassadaga Valley in Olean. Megan Shumway had a pair of hits and Miranda Sakala went 2 for 2 with a double for the Huskies, who were co-champions of CCAA East 1 with Gowanda last season.

Anilese Kelly of West Seneca East (7-3, 4-1 ECIC II) pitched her second shutout in two days, a one-hitter in a 5-0 triumph over Lake Shore. She struck out seven and drove in two runs.

Warriors refuse to lose

Cheektowaga’s softball team is one that’s hard to pin down.

Tuesday, the Warriors came up with, not one but, two clutch rallies before pushing across a run in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat Maryvale, 10-9.

Cheektowaga trailed 6-0 until the fourth inning. Coach Aaron Vanderlip’s team finally caught up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 7-7 on a two-run single by Allison Hinshaw.

The Warriors found themselves trailing by two again in the bottom of the ninth. No problem. Sophomore Aliyah Dandy came through with a two-run single to tie the game.

Cheektowaga loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th, but had a runner thrown out at the plate on a fielders’ choice. With the bases still full, Megan Dulniak’s single delivered the walk-off victory.

Impressive win for N-W

Niagara-Wheatfield (8-1, 5-1 Class A) has lost only to Hamburg and owns a win over Orchard Park in three overtimes. Tuesday, the Falcons scored an impressive 15-5 victory at Sweet Home. Dakota Becker had four goals and two assists for the winners and Kyle Kilgour had a nine-point game with three goals and six assists.

Also, Seth Ferguson had three goals and five assists and Evan Printup scored four times for the Falcons.

Next for N-W is a Class A league home game on Thursday at home against once-beaten Williamsville North.

El sewhere, Kyle Martinsen scored four goals and Suneil Goel tallied three times for Williamsville East in a 12-10 triumph over Williamsville South. East’s three losses so far have been to tough opposition – Akron, Williamsville North and Hamburg, all ranked in the top six in Western New York by the Laxpower computer.