Tonawanda News — Rachel Allen struck out nine, leading Tonawanda to a 7-0 win over City Honors to advance in the Section VI Class B tournament Thursday.
"Rachel was on fire," said Tonawanda coach Kim Fox, whose pitcher has struck out 21 in postseason play this year. "She went three-up, three-down three different times."
Allen only allowed 5 hits over her complete-game win.
Scoring didn't open until the third inning when Tonawanda's Becca Toth hit a single, scoring Elyssabeth Roetzer from third.
Toth finished 1 for 5.
The Lady Warriors faced a tough pitcher in City Honors' Samantha Caico, who struck out 5 over seven innings. However, the bats opened up for Tonawanda in the later innings, leading to a total of seven unanswered runs.
In the fourth, Tonawanda's Rachel Warthling and Sydney Myers both reached on a single. Megan McKee drew a walk to load the bases. The Lady Warriors hit into two fielder's choices, one off the bat of Roetzer and another from Alex Tyler, to take a 3-0 lead.
Tonawanda added three more in the fifth.
Haley Slater drew a walk. Allen followed her, reaching on a single. Myers then drew a walk of her own to load the bases.
Roetzer walked to score Slater. She was followed by McKee who reached on an error allowing Allen to score. A wild pitch allowed for Myers to reach home in the next at-bat, increasing Tonawanda's lead 6-0.
Slater demonstrated why she is one of the most feared hitters in Section VI when she bounce a ball off the left field fence, earning a triple.
Worthling followed her to the plate and brought her home with an RBI single.
Worthling finished 3 for 4. Myers finished 2 for 3.
Fox was not surprised by her teams high quality of play.
"The played great today," said Fox. "We played errorless, swung the bats well and manufactured some runs. They earned the win."