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High School Softball: N. Collins, Eden, Lake Shore impress in early-season victories

North Collins has started the season by putting some flight into the ball as the Eagles scored 29 runs in a pair of out-of-league games. The Eagles then won their CCAA Division IV opener 8-1 over Clymer on April 15.

On Monday (April 8), host North Collins defeated Silver Creek 11-4. Jessica Lawton went the distance on the mound, giving up two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out eight and walking one batter. At the plate, the Eagles pounded out 18 hits, led by Christine Blidy, who was 3-4 with one run scored. Also in the win, Erica Bly was 2 for 3 with one run scored, Nicole Torrey, 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBI, Beth Kibler, 2 for 2 with one run scored, and junior-varsity call-up Emily Violanti, 2 for 2 with three runs.

A day later, the Eagles escaped with a final-inning 18-17 win over Gowanda. Lawton again went the distance in the circle, while the offense pounded four home runs. Jenna Keppel, Torrey, Kibler and Violanti all went yard. Sam Gier gave a strong defensive effort and went 3 for 4 with 5 RBI. Lawton added a two-hit performance with two runs scored and two RBI. Torrey also scored four runs, knocked in three RBI and was walked three times. In North Collinsí division-opening win, Lawton threw a six-hitter, striking out nine.

Led by the pitching of Carly Nasca and the glove and bat of Haley Kobie, Eden overcame an early 1-0 deficit to win 7-2 over Tonawanda in the teamís ECIC IV opener. Eden head coach Marisa Fallacaro said her teamís bats got going in the bottom of the third and the Raiders never looked back.

Nasca, a sophomore, faced 28 batters, striking out nine and only giving up six hits, and was assisted by a standout effort from the defense behind her. Kobie played a solid third base and led the offense going 3 for 3, including two triples, and two RBI. Sabrina Kraska was 2 for 3 and Lauren Gugino made the best of being walked twice, scoring once, while Jill Murray at second and Kelly Staub at first added some notable glove work.

ďIt was a good opening win for a young team, but we know we can do even better,Ē Fallacaro noted.

Lake Shore picked up a season-opening victory, running away from Mt. Mercy 14-3 on April 9. Junior Macey West led the offensive outpouring, going 3 for 4 with a grand slam homer in the fifth, while eighth grader Jordan Scholl knocked in four runs.

Freshmen Emma Franco and Allison Flores recorded three and two hits, respectively. Senior Alexis Cvetanovich also had two hits in the game. In her varsity debut, Scholl did not disappoint. With the Eagles down two runs in the top of the second, she ripped a two-out double that tied the game. Scholl would score on a clutch hit by Flores to give the Eagles a 3-2 lead. In the fourth with the game tied 3-3, Scholl delivered another two-run double that put the Eagles in front to stay. Sophomore pitcher Jessica Ackley faced 25 batters, giving up three hits, striking out nine and walking only one.

Immaculata 2-0 in Mudville

Cortney Carroccia recorded five hits and Molly Hennessy picked up a pair of wins on the mound to help the Immaculata Academy softball team to two wins at the Mudville Tournament over the weekend. Carroccia racked up three RBI on a  double and triple in the Bearís tournament-opening 5-0 win over Ravenna. Bridget Giles added two hits and a pair of runs scored. Hennessy struck out eight in the Bearsí 3-2 win over Honeye. Julia Lalka, Hennessy and Carroccia all had an RBI in the win.

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