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High School Extra (May 26): Cleveland Hill reaches softball final; Road teams win in Class AA

Cleve Hill reaches final

Sophomore Taylor Betz pitched a two-hitter and freshman Alison McIntosh singled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Cleveland Hill a 4-3 victory over Allegany-Limestone and berth against Barker in Friday’s championship game of the Section VI Class C softball playoffs at Gowanda.

Coach Justin Ditzel’s Golden Eagles had tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth when senior Meghan McIntosh’s sacrifice fly scored Anna Cervino.

Junior Emily McIntosh, the third of three sisters on the Cleve Hill team, singled to start the winning rally in the eighth. Betz followed with a single and Cervino walked before Alison McIntosh came through with her winning hit.

Betz struck out 12, walked two and hit two batters in pitching Cleveland Hill to its sixth straight victory.

Barker reached the championship game on a 1-0 victory over visiting Chautauqua Lake behind the pitching of Erika Moeller who pitched a three-hitter and drove in the game’s only run. Moeller struck out 12.

Road teams win in AA

The bracket upsets kept coming Wednesday in the Section VI Class AA softball playoffs, which saw the four top seeds all lose on Monday.

Lower seeds Orchard Park and Niagara Falls both won one of their semifinal games and will meet for the AA championship Friday at Niagara Wheatfield. No. 7 Orchard Park outslugged No. 6 Williamsville North, 11-9, while No. 8 Niagara Falls topped No. 5 Niagara Wheatfield, 4-2. Maddie Stewart had three hits including a triple and Alex Sheehy drove in three with two hits for Orchard Park.

10th no-hitter for Haskell

Friday’s Section VI Class D softball championship game at Gowanda will be another pitching duel between Franklinville sophomore Allie Haskell and Pine Valley’s Jessica Wilcox.

Haskell pitched her 10th career no-hit game and fourth this season in Wednesday’s 1-0 semifinal win over North Collins to set up the third meeting of the season between the pitching phenoms. Wilcox pitched a one-hitter in a 19-0 semifinal win over Panama on Tuesday. Haskell and Wilcox each had a win against the other in regular season meetings this year.

Coach Allen Dunlap’s Panthers scored in the first inning when Danielle Haskell, an eighth-grader who is Allie’s sister and catcher, doubled and scored on Allie’s single.

Allie Haskell was in control after that, striking out 18. The only fair balls hit against her were two grounds to short and a line drive to third.