Win advances Barker to Class C softball semi

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 May 2024 at 3:06 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’ third baseman Kaylee Stoll goes for the tag on Maple Grove’ s Bryanna Cornell during the Lady Bulldogs home field sectional win this afternoon.

Top seeded Barker outlasted visiting No. 9 Maple Grove 14-9 in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class C softball playoffs this afternoon.

Madyson Flint and Arnie Sturtevant both had 3 hits and Natalie Brandel 2 to lead the offense for Barker.

Barker will next host No. 5 Westfield in the semifinals on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Westfield nipped No. 4 Silver Creek 1-0 in another quarterfinal contest.

Barker Co-Coach Bill Moeller congratulates Madyson Flint after she banged out a two-run triple.

Trailing 2-1, Barker took the lead for good by scoring 4 times in the third inning highlighted by an RBI double by Madelina Pavlock and an RBI single by Flint. A single by Sturtevant ignited the uprising.

Flint then had the hot bat over the next two innings as she banged out a two-run triple to key a three-run fourth inning, and a two-run single to highlight a four-run fifth frame helping to up the Barker advantage to 12-4. Singles by Elise Monaco and Sturtevant sparked the fifth inning scoring burst.

The Lady Bulldogs capped off the win with a pair of runs in the sixth to up the lead to 14-6 as Macie May had an RBI double.

Defensively, Sturtevant made several big catches in centerfield and pitcher Peyton Bradley triggered a 1-2-3 double play to Anna Bowerman at catcher to Monaco at first to end the third inning after Maple Grove had scored twice to take what proved to be a brief 2-1 lead.

Alex Halstrom and Meg Ryan both had 3 hits and Bryanna Cornell 2 for Maple Grove.

Class A
Williamsville South 13, Albion 1
A six run second inning sparked top seeded Williamsville South to a 13-1 over visiting No. 8 Albion this afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class A playoffs.

Madison Hughson and Kenzi Snook had the only hits for Albion.