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Williamsville South's Czerwinski strung together the hits en route to state record

Just show up is the motto of the Williamsville South softball team.

Leah Czerwinski did that and then some during her three seasons with the Billies.

The speedy lefty slap hitter made history as she collected at least one hit in each of her final 48 games. The hitting streak is a state record, according to information submitted by Williamsville South coach Julie Murphy.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the streak ranks third nationally – behind the 103 by Eugene Marist (Oregon) hitter Kayla Braud and Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart (Mich.) player Sara Hansen's 91-game streak.

"I knew I was hitting well but I had no idea to that extent," said Czerwinski, whose streak began in a game May 15, 2015. "It was just an awesome feeling to know the hard work paid off. Thanks to coach Murphy and all the coaches.

"Hitting leadoff, it's kind of expected to get on base. I just wanted to start off getting on to get my teammates excited. I just wanted to do what I could to help my team get the 'W' at the end of the day.

Czerwinski amassed 88 hits during the steak, ending this season with a .508 average as she had 32 hits in 20 games. Williamsville South's postseason run ended in the Section VI Class A-1 final to current state semifinalist Williamsville East. She went 1 for 4 in the last game of her scholastic career.

"What’s incredible about the 88 hits is I would have to guess and say only about 10 of them went past the infielders," Murphy said. "She has incredible hand eye coordination and can read the defenses so well. She would bunt or soft slap most at-bats and beat them out. … Slapping is not an easy task. Timing the pitches, timing your feet, placing the ball, making contact on the correct bat angle. Leah made all of these things look so easy."

Czerwinski plans to play ice hockey in college at Oswego State, but will think about possibly playing softball there, too, depending on how she adjusts to life as a student-athlete.

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