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S-GI girls varsity softball team kicks off the season

BATTER UP — Rachel Holdsworth is pictured in a game against Amherst. Holdsworth went 1 – 2, with a run scored in the game. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity softball team got its season going, with a 10 – 5 loss to the Cheektowaga Warriors on April 8.

On April 15, the Lady Griffins took on the Amherst Tigers, who got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, to make the score 1 – 0. Springville pitcher Katrina Kerkendall held the Tigers right there, striking out an Amherst player who was looking to end a further threat.

The Tigers pitcher had a perfect game, through three innings but, in the bottom of the fourth, Springville’s Phoenix Rollek broke up the opponent’s perfect game bid, with a single.

After Amherst made the score 4 – 0, a single by Gabby Hartman scored Rachel Holdsworth, to bring Springville to 4 – 1. The Tigers added a tally, in the top of the sixth, but the Lady Griffins came back with a Tainne Dallas home run, to make it a 3-run game again. The over-the-fence run was the first of Dallas’s career.

The Lady Griffins were not able to climb back and the Tigers added 2 more runs, in the bottom of the seventh, en route to a 7 – 2 victory.

Leading the Lady Griffs at the plate was Rollek, who went 3 – 4, in the loss. Sophomore and junior varsity call-up Gabby Hartman went 2 – 3 with an RBI, while Dallas went 2 – 4, with a home run. Kerkendall struck out eight, during seven innings on the rubber, for the Lady Griffs.

GO TEAM — The Lady Griffs are pictured, cheering on their team from the bench.

Springville traveled to Maryvale on April 17, to take on the Flyers. A single by freshman and junior varsity call-up Sara Kwiatkowski got S-GI in the hit column. That player scored, to put Springville on the board.

A single by senior captain Emily Barber ignited 5 runs in the fourth inning, as Barber, Erin Kwiatkowski, Taylor Glass, Sara Kwiatkowski and Katelynn Langhans scored. The host Flyers handed Springville an 11 – 6 loss. Kwiatkowski went 2 – 4, with 2 runs scored in her varsity debut, while Hartman went 2 – 4, at the dish.

The Lady Griffs have allowed 28 runs through three games and Kerkendall spoke about the team’s “sluggish” defense, thus far. “It’s been hard to find time to practice outside, with the weather we’ve been having,” she said. “Errors are part of the game, but the key is to not let one error become multiple errors. I think we just have to find chemistry on the field, to improve our play. As we get outside, it will be much easier to fix the routine plays.”

The Lady Griffs will play Depew on April 22.


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