Softball Honor Roll

Annie Berg

Frewsburg

Senior

This first baseman hit .442 and was selected as a Division 1 first-team all-star. … Belted a two-run home run in a Section 6 Class C semifinal win and later delivered a pair of triples and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth in clinching a third-straight sectional title. … Had two RBIs in the state semifinal, helping her team break a two-year losing streak in that game and make a first-ever appearance in the state championship.

Alanna Blanchard

Frewsburg

Senior

A picher/left fielder that combined with teammate Samantha Mott on a 10-strikeout, one-walk no-hitter in the state semifinal – Blanchard fanned the side in order in the final frame to clinch the victory. … Later that day, she delivered the game-winning, two-out RBI-single (one of just three hits for the Bears all game) in the seventh inning of the state title game to capture for the Bears a first-ever state state championship. … During the playoffs she drove in four runs, second most on the team.

McKenzie Cass

Frewsburg

Senior

A fifth-team Class C All-State choice and honorable mention All-WNY, this center fielder hit .561 during the season and, during the playoffs, scored a team-high six runs – two in the Far West Regional, two in the state semifinals and scored what would be the game-winning run in the state title game. … Was named a Division 2 first-team all-star. … Made a diving catch in the state semifinal to help preserve a no-hitter.

Abby Courtney

Falconer

Sophomore

Though sidelined for much of the regular season with an illness, this right-handed hurler returned to the circle just in time to lead the Lady Golden Falcons to a second Section 6 Class B overall title. … Tossed a one-hit shutout (to earn the slim, 1-0 win) in the Class B title game with Eden. … Went 7-1 on the year with one save and 66 strikeouts for an earned-run average of 3.39. … Was an All-WNY small schools honorable mention and was selected as Falconer’s Co-MVP. … Hit a three-run home run in the Far West Regional.

Sara Crandall

Cattaraugus-Little Valley

Junior

A pitcher who was a third-team Class C All-State selection, an All-WNY first-team choice, a Division 2 first-teamer and a Big 30 all-star. … Went 8-4 this season and was named C-LV’s MVPr. … Fanned 109 and walked 22 over 80 innings. … Sported a 2.54 ERA and allowed opponents a .254 batting average. … At the plate, hit .538 with four doubles, three triples, a home run, 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored with a .587 on-base percentage.

Lauren Cummings

Chautauqua Lake

Senior

The Lady Thunderbirds’ ace, this pitcher was a Division 3 first-team choice for the Class C semifinalists. … A four-year varsity player, Cummings ends her career with a .448 batting average, eight doubles, a triple, a home run, 21 RBIs and a .493 on-base percentage. … In the circle, meanwhile, she racked up 19 wins. … This season she fanned 94 and maintained an earned-run average of 2.59.

Alicia Deering

Fredonia

Junior

This outfielder was named to the fourth team of the Class B all-state squad. … Was also the Division 1 player of the year for the Section 6 Class B-2 semifinalists and the Division 1 league champions. … In 74 plate appearances (59 at-bats), she hit .390 with 25 runs scored over 18 games. … Slugged .695 and had an OPS of 1.188. … Belted a team-high four home runs and delivered 20 RBIs.

Kelsey Drummond

Dunkirk

Senior

An All-WNY small schools honorable mention who hit .375 with 24 doubles, eight triples, five home runs and 106 RBIs over her four-year varsity career. … Among her season highlights were a-two double, two-triple performance in the Grand Strand Tournament at Myrtle Beach; a four-inning two-hitter against Olean – she also connected for a home run; and a three-hit, three-RBI showing in the B-1 quarterfinal.

Ryanne Dugan

Senior

Forestville

A Class D all-state first-team selection who during the season held opposing teams scoreless for 41 straight innings. … She was named the Division 3 Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season. … Selected to the first-team All-Western New York. … Finishes her career (five seasons) with 45 wins, a school-record 671 strikeouts, a miniscule 1.67 ERA. … This season, over 125 innings, she surrendered just 14 runs (0.78 ERA) and fanned 214. … She drove in 10 with three doubles and 10 steals.

Shannon Gunnell

Falconer

Senior

A catcher and returning Post-Journal all-star, she was a Division 1 first-team selection after hitting .379 (25-for-66) and leading the Lady Golden Falcons to their first overall Section 6 Class B title since 2011. … Drove in a team-high 17 runs and reached base at a .468 clip. … Was the Falconer High School Softball Gold Glove Award winner and the team’s co-MVP.

Emily Hair

Frewsburg

Junior

A third baseman/catcher, she was a Division 2 second-team choice. … Hit a two-run home run in the Far West Regional that clinched for the Bears a third straight trip to the state semifinals in Queensbury. … Also delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning of the Section 6 Class C championship.

Ryleigh Hawkins

Ripley

Sophomore

This shortstop was selected to the third team of the Class D all-state squad and was the Division 4 player of the year . … Named to the Division 4 first team for the second straight season. … Highlights this season included a two-hit, two-RBI performance in the Section 6 Class D quarterfinal. … She also collected four hits with a pair of RBIs in a contest with Clymer and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three stolen bases versus Brocton.

Brianna McFall

Sophomore

Falconer

Hit a team-high .434 this season for sectional-champion Falconer, collecting hits in 36 of 83 at-bats. … Boasted an on-base percentage of .494, was a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts and scored a team-high 20 runs. … She was selected to the first team of the Division 1 all-stars, was named the Lady Golden Falcons’ Most Valuable Hitter and was the squad’s co-MVP.

Ashley Moulton

Chautauqua Lake

Junior

The Division 3 player of the year. … Delivered a number of RBI extra-base hits for the Lady Thunderbirds during the season, including a double and a triple in a Class C quarterfinal victory. … Among those hits was also a grand slam, which she belted – along with a double – in a victory over eventual Class D state semifinalist Pine Valley.

Lauren Nickerson

Maple Grove

Senior

A catcher, she was a fourth-team Class C all-state choice. … Hit .587 with 35 doubles, 16 triples and 19 home runs during her five-year varsity career. … Also threw out a whopping 70 percent of runners that attempted to steal.

Hannah Pollino

Jamestown

Sophomore

A Division 1 first-team selection for the Lady Red Raiders. … Pollino, a shortstop, led Jamestown with a .461 batting average to go along with a team-high .590 on-base percentage, 29 runs scored, 15 RBIs, four doubles, six triples and a home run.

Cherish Pope

Forestville

Senior

This catcher was selected to the third team of the Class D all-state squad. … A five-year varsity player, hit .452 this season (28-for-62) with 21 runs scored, a .758 on-base percentage, 12 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and five doubles.

Jessica Putcher

Brocton

Junior

A fourth-team Class D all-state choice. … Averaged nearly nine strikeouts per game over the course of the season for the Lady Bulldogs. … Led her team past eventual Division 4 champions when she scattered six hits and fanned 11 over seven innings while also adding three hits and two RBIs at the plate.

Shawna Raymond

Frewsburg

Senior

This shortstop was named the Division 2 player of the year and an All-WNY first-team selection. … She led the Bears with a .488 batting average – it was a whopping .614 in league – and scored a school-record 50 times this season. … She went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the state semifinal, 3-for-4 with a runs scored and an RBI in the Class C final and, in a game during the regular season, delivered a whopping five hits and scored seven runs.

Reyanne Strong

Frewsburg

Senior

A catcher/third baseman, she hit .392 for the Class C state champions. … She was a first-team Division 1 selection. … Arguably her biggest – and most memorable – play of the season was the last, when, with a runner on third and the Bears holding a tenuous one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh of the state title game, she quickly fielded a wild pitch and flipped the ball to pitcher Sam Mott, who put the tag on the runner to end the game.

Baylee Tarnowski

Fredonia

Sophomore

The workhorse in the circle for the Section 6 Class B-2 semifinalists, Tarnowski earned 14 wins in 18 games. … Over 120 innings pitched, she walked a mere 10 batters while striking out a whopping 103. … Was named the Division 1 Pitcher of the Year. … Her ERA was 3.44. … Led the Lady Hillbillies to their first league title since 2009.

Jessica Wilcox

Pine Valley

Freshman

This young right-hander was critical in helping the Lady Panthers reach the state semifinals in Queensbury. … Performed well in a state-semifinal loss to Fort Ann, spinning a two hitter with six strikeouts. … Connected for an RBI-double in the sixth inning of the Far West Regional to put her team ahead for good. … Fanned nine during an upset victory over Forestville in the Section 6 Class D championship, capturing for Pine Valley its first sectional title since 2005.

Kristi Zink

Cassadaga Valley

Senior

A sure-handed shortstop, she was named to the Class C all-state third-team and was also a Division 1 first teamer. … Hit .500 during league play and helped lead Cassadaga Valley to the Section 6 Class C title game. … Also in league play – in her case just eight games due to an early-season injury – she slugged .786, connected for two home runs, two triples and drove in a team-high 18 RBIs. … Hit .494 over her five-year varsity career.