Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Charlotte Miller’s 12-strikeout night wasn’t enough to hold back Grand Island from rallying to beat Kenmore West, 3-2, on Tuesday.
Miller pitched nine innings, allowing only six hits in the extra-inning contest. She also went 3 for 4 at the plate.
“She threw a great game,” said Kenmore West coach Matt Chimera. “We knew it was going to be a close one and it was. We had some opportunities to get it done, but we didn’t.”
Alley Cutting pitched all nine innings and hit a game-tying two-run home run in the top of the sixth for the Lady Vikings (6-5 Niagara Frontier League). The junior only struck out three for the Lady Vikings.
“She has done very will with the support of her team around her,” said Grand Island coach Cheryl O’Connor. “It was a total team effort. It was a hot game and she was working hard through that.”
Grand Island’s Leah Geis hit a lead-off single to start the game. She was moved over by Kelsey Harrigan with a sacrifice bunt. Scarlett Whitman followed after being hit by a pitch.
Miller buckled down after that, getting the next two outs.
Cutting allowed two runners in the first, one on an error and another on a walk. But she calmed herself and got the final two outs.
Miller worked through a jam in the top of the second for Kenmore West (8-3 NFL). Natalie Argy hit a double for the Lady Vikings. Cassie Shickluna followed Argy with a single. Geis reached on a walk to load the bases.
Harrigan then hit a grounder back to Miller who threw the ball to catcher Brianna Christopher. Harrigan ran towards home but was tagged out by Christopher to keep the game scoreless.
The Lady Devils struck first third when Miller reached with a single. She was replaced on the base paths by Destiny Catania.