FREWSBURG – Olivia Herrington was just too much to deal with in the circle, at the plate and on the pitch on Tuesday night.
The runner-up struck out nine batters in five innings of work, had a triple and a single with an attacking run batted in and added solid defensive work on the shortstop to lead Chautauqua Lake (4-0, 4 -0) to an 11-1 victory over Frewsburg (4-4, 3-4) in the West action of Division 2 of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Sports Association.
Despite a late start to the year following a strong volleyball campaign and two injuries in their starting lineup, the Thunderbirds got off to a 4-0 start and will now move to face Maple Grove on Thursday.
“I knew Chautauqua Lake was just getting started. I think they only played three games this year because of volleyball which left them behind ”, said Frewsburg head coach Jon Blanchard. “So I didn’t really know where they were. We’ve had seven games here with a non-leaguer. We can play with anyone any day, but (Herrington) did a great job on the mound and controlled the game really well.
Chautauqua Lake would be on the board in the first inning as Herrington opened with a single and moved up to second on a fielder’s pick before sprinting home on a pitch error.
The Bears would fight in the second when pitcher Reagan Chitester tackled Peyton Yost, who made the most of a pair of stolen goals, but that would be the extent of Frewsburg’s offense the rest of the way.
The Thunderbirds took advantage of a wild pitch, passed ball and error in the second inning, tackling Cayzlee Johnson to make it 2-1, and would add three more runs in the third. Herrington was hit by a pitch early in this inning and was getting into position to score with a pair of stolen goals before coming home from a mistake. This was followed by a triple RBI from Johnson and two more error races.
“I am really happy” Chautauqua Lake head coach Sue Teets said. “We had to bring in a jayvee player. We lose two because of injuries. I juggled all of my programming and moved people around so I didn’t know how things were going to turn out. We had a short week to practice, but I feel like their heads were where they needed to be – a little shaking sometimes. I said ‘just play your game.’ That’s all I want you to do is put the ball into play and shake things up, and they did.
The lead grew to 7-1 in the fourth after a brace from Tatem Zemcik and an RBI brace from Lucy Gates, a seventh-year call-up due to injury.
Johnson would relieve Herrington in the sixth, taking one out and granting no hits in relief. En route to the shortstop, Herrington quickly showed his versatility on the court with a pair of pretty throws.
“She’s an awesome shortstop, I’ll tell you,” Teets said. “Probably one of the smoothest I’ve seen in the league – just a good, smooth glove. I could probably put it anywhere and it’s great. This is the first year I have two pitchers. , literally for all the years that I have coached.
Jenna Waters won a single and a double with a run RBI, Johnson had two triples with three RBIs, while Mallory Morrison, Hannah Bretz (doubles) and Zemcik (doubles) all had a hit.
Chitester and Peyton Yost were trading time in the circle for Frewsburg, with Chitester recording six strikeouts in five innings while Yost struck out one and had no walks.