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S-GI varsity softball defeats East Aurora

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity softball team took on East Aurora on May 9 and came away with a 6 – 2 victory.

The Lady Griffs were looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Blue Devils, on April 25, when S-GI fell 6 – 2. This time, the Lady Griffs flipped the script and earned a 6 – 2 victory of their own.

Led by Katrina Kerkendall’s pitching, S-GI took control, early on.

“Katrina continues to improve, each game. The more she pitches, the stronger she gets,” Coach Thomas Szczerbacki said. “She’s made strides offensively, as well, improving her batting skills, each trip to the plate.”

Kerkendall pitched a complete game, in which she struck out six batters. Offensively, S-GI was led by Tainne Dallas, who went 3 – 3, with three RBIs.

“Tainne has been outstanding, both offensively and defensively for us, all season long,” Szczerbacki said.

“It all starts with her defense. She makes very difficult plays look real easy, at first base. She consistently works hard, every day, in practice, and fine-tunes her game. She takes that hard work and translates it over to the field, on game days.”

Also contributing for S-GI was Phoenix Rollek, who went 2 – 4 and stole three bases. Heaven Rollek chipped in, driving in 3 runs of her own, to help seal the victory.

“Heaven has had the opportunity lately, to drive in some runs for us, and she’s delivered,” Szczerbacki said.

“She’s been advancing runners, at the plate, whether it be by sacrifice bunts or hard-hit balls; she’s come up huge for us. Phoenix is so fast, on the bases that she knows I’m giving her the green light, every time. Also, her defensive play at third base has been solid, the entire season.”

The Lady Griffs finished the regular season on May 16, with a non-league game against Gowanda.

Szczerbacki said that he is hoping that his team is able to keep up its recent play and can end the season on a positive, upward swing.

“Overall, we are getting better, each game, as a team,” the coach said, about the team. “As a coach, that’s all you can ask for, out of your players. We are doing a better job of eliminating those mistakes that hurt us, early in the season. I like the direction that the team is headed.”

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