Niagara Gazette — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Alley Cutting pitched all nine innings and hit a game-tying two-run home run in the top of the sixth Tuesday as the Grand Island Lady Vikings rallied to beat Kenmore West 3-2 on the road in Niagara Frontier League softball action.
Cutting, a junior, only struck out three for the Lady Vikings (6-5 NFL), who backed her up with strong defense.
“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.”
Charlotte Miller struck out 12 over a complete nine innings for the Lady Blue Devils (8-3 NFL), only allowing six hits. Miller 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.”
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.