Tonawanda News — “There’s no excuse why we can’t execute when we have to,” Ark said. “The only explanation is that we weren’t ready to handle that pressure yet. So hopefully, as we play more games and have more experience, we can gain confidence and be able to execute plays when we have to.”
Senior Shelby Donhauser (3-for-4/two RBI) was solid in the pitching circle once again for West as she struck out 12 Bulldogs in a complete game effort. Issuing just one free pass, Donhauser scattered four hits over seven frames and received timely defensive support all day.
The biggest catch of the game came courtesy of center fielder Bridget Gormley (1-for-2/three walks).
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth with two outs and runners at third and first, Masich drove a sharp line drive to the gap in center and right field. Gormley raced from center field and made the diving catch to end the Bulldogs’ rally.
“If it would have dropped it would have been a tie game,” Gormley said. “Just go hard. You have to do what you have to do to get a win. This team this year is the best of my three years on varsity, so I’m just trying to do whatever I can to win.”
Lindner (3-for-4) and Adrianna King both scored two runs for the Blue Devils. West collected 11 walks with the top of the order drawing six of those free passes. Jess Hyland (stolen base) had East’s second run.INSIDE For the complete High School Roundup turn to PAGE B2.