Niagara Gazette


May 25, 2013

NFHS softball wins, advances


Niagara Gazette — Boyle finished the game 3 for 3 and scored twice and Bielec was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Niagara Falls scored four of their runs on errors, manufactured by a little small ball.

“They (West) played us so tough that we just started playing for a run,” Amoretti said. “We don’t always do it, and people think we’re more about the big bats, but we’re showing we can get runs any way.”

Winning pitcher Jasmine Petrishin settled in after the first inning and retired the next 13 batters she faced to put the Indians on ice. Petrishin went the distance, striking out six while surrendering just four hits. The run allowed in the first inning was unearned.

“She’s pitched so well for us. Not just today, but all season long,” Amoretti said. “She’s exceeded expectations all season and she’s the key to what we have to do. I knew we’d get the bats going, so we’re really dependent on the pitching right now.”

Niagara Falls advances to the semifinals and will host No. 4 Lancaster at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday for a chance to return to the Class AA finals for the second year in a row.

“From here on out, we’re expecting to battle,” Amoretti said. “I’m expecting some close games, and honestly it could come down to a single, it could come down to an error. So that’s how tight I expect the rest of these games to be.”

Follow contributing sports reporter Brandon Schlager on Twitter @B_Schlag.

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