Westfield and Maple Grove tied 1-1 before weather suspended game | News, Sports, Jobs
BEMUS POINT — Maple Grove and Westfield attempted to advance the start time of their Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 West softball game on Monday to beat the stormy weather forecast.
In the end, with the teams tied 1-1 after four innings, Mother Nature won.
The game will resume at the top of the fifth inning at a later date.
Westfield immediately took over early in the first set. Haleigh Dellow, the 2021 Post-Journal/OBSERVER Softball Player of the Year, started with a triple to left field and scored when Eva Gnadzinski sacrificed for the first out.
Wolverines’ Tanleigh Bestine doubled the right field line, but Eliza Dawes of the Red Dragons delivered a perfect hit to third baseman Sam Snow to catch Bestine stealing for the second out. Maple Grove’s Lydia Darr came out of the inning with her first of four strikeouts.
Dellow struck out Maple Grove’s first seven batters in order before Megan Lockwood scored with one out in the third inning.
After a pop-up for the second out, Erin Mansfield of the Red Dragons broke the no-hitter and tied the game with an RBI double to center field.
Westfield charged the no-outs in the top of the fourth inning, but failed to score. Bestine picked right field and stole second before Sydney Hotchkiss hit an infield single. Casey Black then laid down a sacrificial bunt, but Maple Grove’s throw to third base trying to get the lead runner was late.
The Wolverines then attempted a tight bunt to tackle the go-ahead, but Darr caught the attempt and threw to Mansfield covering third base for a double play. goals, but Dawes caught a pop-up near home plate to get out of the inning.
Dellow then retired the Red Dragons in order with a pair of strikeouts late in the fourth inning before rain blew over Bemus Point and forced the remainder of the game to be postponed.
Maple Grove are set to host Frewsburg in another league game today while Westfield host Clymer/Sherman.