WE ARE THE CHAMPS — The Collins Center Reds team is pictured, back row, from left: Hannah Cybart, Caitlyn Cybart, Maria Gamel, Jess Sowa, Kaylee Timmel, Brianna Dahn and Head Coach Jeff Johnson. Front row: Paije Green, Kelsey Herniman, Sara Kwiatkowski and Erin Kwiatkowski. Photo submitted by Johnson.
COLLINS CENTER — The Collins Center 16U girls softball team competed in the 18th annual West Seneca Magic/Holiday Inn Softball Tournament on June 22 and 23 and turned in a record 2 wins and 2 losses.
The Reds competed against other girls from all over the state and held their own, against all four of their opponent teams.
Game one featured a rematch from the Reds’ previous tournament appearance in Evans, as Collins Center squared off against the Amherst Lightning. Amherst continued its success against Collins Center, winning by a score of 11 – 1.
Sara Kwiatkowski scored the Collins Center team’s lone run, in the first inning, as her sister Erin Kwiatkowski drove her in. That was as close as the Collins Center girls got, to the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament. Jenna Keppel was the only other player for Collins Center to record a hit, during this game.
No. 1, the New Era Diamond girls, took the field and beat Collins Center 3 – 1. Hannah Cybart pitched a complete game six-hitter, during the loss, and chipped in, with a hit. Jess Sowa was two for three at the plate. She scored the team’s lone run, during the fourth inning, to cut New Era’s lead to 2 – 1. She was driven in by Keppel.
The Reds got no closer and New Era tacked on an insurance run in the sixth, to complete the 3 – 1 victory. Sara Kwiatkowski, Maria Gamel and Brianna Dahn all chipped in with hits and Sowa turned in three double plays.
During game three, Collins Center faced the team from Carnegie/Scranton. After falling behind 8 – 2, through three innings, the Collins Center girls made 11 runs, during the final three innings, while holding Carnegie to none, for a 13 – 8 victory.
Hanna Cybart relieved Dahn at the mound, shutting down Carnegie and allowing one hit, during 3 1/3 innings.
Erin Kwiatkowski was the offensive most valuable player of the game, going two for three, with a 3-run home run and 5 total runs batted in.
Gamel went four for four, with 2 runs scored and two RBIs.
Sara Kwiatkowski and Caitlyn Cybart each had two hits and Keppel, Dahn, Hanna Cybart and Paije Green each chipped in, with a hit. Kaylee Timmel and Kelsey Herniman each scored 2 runs.
Collins Center returned to West Seneca on June 23, to face the home team. The Reds won by a score of 8 – 0. This victory evened the team’s tournament record to 2 wins and 2 losses and its overall record to 10 – 7.
Cybart again led the way, pitching a complete game four-hitter and striking out six.
Erin Kwiatkowski assisted on five put-outs from third base. She went two for three, with a run scored.
Collins Center’s offense produced 2 runs, during the second and fourth innings, to take a 4 – 0 lead. The Reds’ lead grew to 5 – 0, through five.
The girls finished West Seneca, with 3 runs, during the sixth, and took the 8 – 0 victory.
Gamel contributed, with two hits and an RBI, while Dahn added two hits and two RBIs of her own.
Jess Sowa, Sara Kwiatkowski, Hanna and Caitlyn Cybart and Kaylee Timmel each added one hit, during the victory.
The Collins Center Reds play out of the Springville Youth Incorporated softball league.
Upcoming games include a June 29 match against Springville, during the town of Collins Liberty Festival; a July 2 game against Springville and non-league games against Lake Shore and Eden, later in July, following the league playoffs.