Early Deficit Too Much For Cattaraugus-Little Valley

By Jeremy Izzio

sports@post-journal.com

BROCKPORT – The Cattaraugus-Little Valley Lady Timberwolves fell behind early and never recovered en route to a 5-1 loss to the Bolivar-Richburg Wolverines in Friday’s Class Far West Regional softball contest.

Despite getting down early, the Lady Timberwolves battled the entire contest and never seemed far away from rallying their way back into the game.

“The fact they didn’t give up right after the first inning showed they wanted to keep playing,” Cattaraugus-Little Valley coach Heather Crandall said. “They didn’t give up in the batter’s box. They know from last year. We were down 5-0 last year in a playoff game and won 6-5. They know anything is possible. They never give up until the last out is made.”

Haley Magot led off the game with a triple and scored on an error to get the Lady Wolverines started.

Following the error, Cassidy Lewis belted a two-run home run to left-center to give Bolivar-Richburg a 3-0 lead after the first inning.

The Lady Wolverines added to their lead in the fourth when Hannah Evingham’s solo home run cleared the fence in left center.

Maegan Appleby followed by singling and later scored on a wild pitch to bring the score to 5-0.

Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s offense struggled to get going and only managed two hits entering the sixth inning.

In the sixth, the Lady Timberwolves pushed across their only run of the contest when Hannah Powers walked and scored with two outs on a strikeout that got away from the catcher.

Majot earned the complete game win in the circle, allowing only four hits while striking out eight and walking one.

She also tripled, walked and scored a run from the leadoff spot.

Lewis led the Bolivar-Richburg offense with a home run and two RBIs. Evingham added a home run while Appleby and Brenna Gustin each scored runs.

No Lady Wolverine batters finished with more than one hit.

Kaylee Eaton, Caylee Starks and Sara Crandall had the lone hits for Cattaraugus-Little Valley. Starks had two infield singles in the loss.

Crandall took the loss for the Lady Timberwolves, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking four.

“She has been our leading player all season long,” Hyde said of Crandall. “She is one of the biggest reasons why we are here. She doesn’t let people rattle her. She works out of jams all the time. She pitched great.”

Cattaraugus-Little Valley was led all season by a strong group of seniors who will be sorely missed entering next season. Six seniors are graduating from the program and will leave a considerable hole for Hyde and the coaching staff to fill.

“There are six of them. All six started all season long,” Hyde said. “They showed great heart and leadership to all the rest of the girls. I have a lot coming back, but it will be tough without them because they do push so hard in every practice and every game.”

Bolivar-Richburg moves on to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C Final Four in South Glenns Falls beginning June 14.