SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity softball team took on Cheektowaga on April 18, falling by 3 – 2.
Despite the team’s loss, Coach Tom Szczerbacki said that he was pleased, with the Lady Griffins’ effort. “We got our bats going, early on, which really helped take pressure off of our defense,” he said. “We were making good contact, on the ball, and making their pitcher earn every out.”
Emily Barber led the way for S-GI, going 2 – 3 and adding an outfield assist. Gabby Hartman and Heaven Rollek each went 1 – 3, with a triple and a run scored, each. Erin Kwiatkowski went 1 – 3.
Although the Lady Griffs put up a fight, against the Warriors, they fell 3 – 2, in the end.
Szczerbacki said that he believes his team is getting better, with each game the girls play. “This was our most complete game, of the season, even though we didn’t come out on top,” he said. “I thought we did many things well enough to win. We have been stressing defense, in practice, and trying to keep everything in front of us. As long as we keep having good at-bats and improving on defense, then we will be a better team, going forward.”
S-GI also took on Depew, on April 22, and was defeated, 11 – 3.
The Lady Griffs got on the board first, with an RBI single, by senior Tainne Dallas, during the first inning. Depew immediately responded, with a run of its own, in the bottom of the first, to tie the game at 1 – 1.
S-GI kept the scoring going, during the second inning, as Hartman brought home Katelynn Langhans, on an RBI groundout, to make the score 2 – 1.
The Lady Griffs led 2 – 1, going into the bottom of the third inning, until Depew got the bats going, scoring 4 runs. The Wildcats led 9 – 2, at the end of four innings of play, and went on to make the 11 – 3 victory.
Katrina Kerkendall pitched a complete game, for S-GI, and went 1 – 3, with a single.
Rollek went 2 – 4 and rounded all four bases, to score on an error that Depew committed, in the outfield.
Phoenix Rollek went 1 – 4, with a stolen base, and played defense at third base, for S-GI. She made several stops at the corner and led the way for the Lady Griffs, defensively. “Defense is my strong suit and I take a lot of pride, in giving it my all every time I step on the field,” Rolleck said.
“I come every day, determined to win and to improve each game,” she added. “As a team, we have to constantly strive, to improve each game. We played a good game, against Depew, [but] we just made too many errors in the middle innings, to stay in the game.”
The Lady Griffs will host East Aurora on April 25.