Lu Krawczyk’s clutch two-out, two-run single in the top of the sixth inning sparked visiting West Seneca West past Lockport, 2-1, in a Section VI Class AA softball pre-quarterfinal contest.
Head coach Julie Kwoka’s No. 7-seeded Lady Lions plated their lone run in the bottom of the first, then held that lead throughout most of Tuesday’s well-played contest that featured no walks and no errors for either team.
Lockport junior Megan Schneider (2 strikeouts, no walks, 5 hits) pitched an outstanding game, keeping the Lady Indians at bay with help from a near-perfect defense, led by senior shortstop Allie Cavagnaro’s eight assists and one put-out.
But the No. 10-seeded Lady Indians countered with senior ace Tori Dzaak, who allowed just four hits, while fanning seven and walking none.
“Tori’s been with me for three years and she sure pitched a good game for us today,” said Lady Indians head coach Lori Potter, whose team advances to play at No. 2 Niagara Falls at 4:45 p.m. Friday in a Class AA quarterfinal. “She changed up her speeds well, hit her spots and stayed ahead in the counts.”
Schneider got the visitors out 1-2-3 in the first, with two assists from Cavagnaro at short. Playing her final game in a blue and gold uniform, Cavagnaro belted a one-out double to left center in Lockport’s half of the first. Fellow senior Shannon Krywcun ripped a two-out double down the left field line, plating Cavagnaro and the Lady Lions led 1-0.
West Seneca West’s Ryhan Chavanie eked out a one-out infield single in the second, but the athletic Cavagnaro scooped up a grounder moving to her left, touched the second base bag then fired to first for the double play to end that threat.
“Allie’s been the backbone of of this team all season,” Kwoka said. “I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss her. She was a leader that everyone looked up to.”
Dzaak settled down after the first to get LHS out 1-2-3 in both the second and third frames. Neither team mounted any serious threats offensively in the middle frames as Schneider and Dzaak settled into a good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.
LHS sophomore third baseman Jordyn Kwoka made a nice play in the fifth, knocking down a hot grounder, then staying with the ball to throw out the runner at first.
Base hits by Kwoka and senior Maddie Steen put two Lockport runners aboard in the bottom of the fifth, but Dzaak bore down to get a strikeout and end that threat.
Still trailing 1-0, West Seneca West’s Mariah Howe singled to left to open the top of the sixth for the Lady Indians. Liz Adrianna moved her to second with a perfect sacrifice and with two outs, the visitors had the tying run in scoring position.
WSW’s Caroline Keane fanned but reached first on a dropped third strike as Keane moved to third with two outs.
Moments later, Keane stole second to put runners at second and third, setting the stage for Krawczyk’s two-run single to center field that plated Howe and Keane with the tying and eventual winning run.
“We haven’t played an Niagara Frontier League team in a long time and now we’ll p[ay two in a row,” Potter said. “We really didn’t know what to expect today and we know very little about Niagara Falls as well.”
Dzaak then got the Lions out 1-2-3 to close the show in the bottom of the seventh.
“We didn’t swing the bats well at all all day today. We just didn’t look confident at the plate,” Kwoka said. “We had a good bunch of kids. I feel sorry for the seniors who played their last game.
“But we’ll come back strong next year with a good group of younger players returning. They’ll come back angry at the way we lost today and hopefully that will motivate them right from the start to play well next season.”
CLASS A-22-Starpoint 16, 7-Lake Shore 0
PENDLETON — Ashley Owens tossed the complete game shutout victory with eight strikeouts as head coach Joe Hill’s Lady Spartans advance to Friday’s Class A-2 quarterfinals with a big win at home on Tuesday.
Sophomore second basemen Madison Clark went 5-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs, while Aren Schwab had three hits with RBIs and two runs scored.
Also for the winners, Emily Whitman drove home four runs and sophomore catcher Tori Purucker added two hits with three runs scored.
The Lady Spartans advance to host an A-2 quarterfinal at 4:45 p.m. Friday.
2-Newfane 10, 7-Dunkirk 2
NEWFANE — Senior Alexis Moreland did everything but umpire the game, pitching and hitting the Lady Panthers into Friday’s 4:45 p.m. Class B-1 quarterfinals with a big performance on Tuesday.
Moreland earned the victory in the circle, striking out four and scattering seven hits.
She helped her own cause at the plate by smacking two home runs, including a grand slam, finishing with five RBIs on the day.
Also for Newfane, Jamie Kewin added two hits with a double and two RBIs.
Head coach Katie Stedman’s Lady Spartans advance to host an A-2 quarterfinal at 4:45 p.m. Friday against No. 6 Eden, a 3-1 winner Tuesday at No. 3 Olean.
Roy-Hart 6, City Honors 0
BUFFALO — Winning pitcher Taylor Fry tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in Tuesday’s Section VI Class B-2 quarterfinal victory for the Lady Rams.
Brianna Walker and Sam Brown each tripled and singled with two RBIs to lead visiting Royalton-Hartland at the plate.