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Softball outlook: Franklinville among CCAA teams geared up for success

Franklinville entered the week with a perfect record. A big reason for that is the pitching of St. Bonaventure verbal commit Ally Haskell, a junior in her fifth season. She struck out nearly 300 batters last year. Her sister Danielle is the catcher. They helped the Panthers win their first sectional title since 1991 last season.

North Collins, under the direction of veteran coach Jan Williams, looks to get in the title discussion led by the steady pitching of Rebecca Cyrek, who has great control. Sophomore shortstop Emily Winter went 7 for 9 in a tournament last weekend with a pair of doubles and keeps getting better and better, Williams said.  Senior Morgan Lawton enters her fourth season.

Olean looks to for a better draw in the postseason. The Huskies have had their season ended by the eventual Section VI champion each of the past three seasons.  Key returnees include All-WNY small schools selection Alyssa Ramarge, who had an ERA of 1.31 last year. Senior and third-year starter Gabby Carpenter also returns, along with classmate and fourth-year starter Chantel Singleton.

Fredonia is a contender in Class B-2 with pitcher Hannah Cybart leading the charge. Southwestern is off to 8-1 start with its best player being senior pitcher Sydney Burk.

Frewsburg's Olivia Lynn, a senior catcher, hit four homers and drove in nine runs in a recent win over Ellicottville. She also went yard to help fuel a win over Olean. Teammate Kaitlyn Blanchard is a solid second baseman.

Portville's Bryn Milne is a standout at third.

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