Jaida Mendell (double) tallied four hits, four RBIs and four runs scored to lead Ellicottville/Cattaraugus/Little Valley to a 24-9 victory over Cuba in three innings of 10-12 softball on Sunday in Ellicottville.
Ande Northrup earned the pitching win in relief, recording three strikeouts, and also had two hits and three RBIs in the District 2 playoff game. Also for the winners, Emmylu Carls scored four runs, while Hailey Rzucek had two hits and three RBIs.
For Cuba, Alayna Heigel had an RBI, and Sydney Howard, Hailey Bello and Lizzie Kocsis scored two runs each.
ECLV advances to Tuesday’s finals in the double-elimination tournament, facing the winner of Monday’s elimination game between Cuba and Fillmore.
In an elimination game, winning pitcher Hannah Southwick struck out seven batters, and Jenna Hill collected four hits with two doubles and three RBIs to lift Fillmore Sunday in Ellicottville.
Natalie Orcutt added two hits for Fillmore.
Brianna Benjamin (7 strikeouts) pitched for Salamanca and had three hits and three RBIs at the plate. Jaelynne Brown had two hits.