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Southwestern spoils Lady T-birds’ first game on new field

May 1, 2017
By Matt Spielman - , Westfield Republican

MAYVILLE - It was a historic day Monday as Chautauqua Lake played its first game in more than three seasons on its newly renovated softball diamond.

Southwestern pitcher Sydney Burk nearly made it historic for another reason.

The senior hurler was perfect through 3 2/3 innings and finished with a one-hitter, including 12 strikeouts, as the Trojans beat the Thunderbirds, 5-0, CCAA West 1 action.

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Chautauqua Lake’s Lakin Gustafson throws across the diamond during the sixth inning of Monday’s CCAA Division 1 West softball game in Mayville.

"She's always had this drive. The maturity factor has come in the last couple of years," Southwestern coach Jennifer Anderson said of Burk. "She has really started to take charge out there and really control the game."

Burk struck out five Chautauqua Lake hitters in a row through the third and fourth innings before sophomore Kendra Keyser connected for a clean single to right field with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore catcher Katie Brinkley then threw out Keyser trying to steal second to end the inning, leaving Burk at the minimum number of batters faced through four innings.

"This was pretty awesome. No walks, one base runner, faced the minimum and then threw her out," Anderson said. "It was amazing. She did a great job today."

Southwestern's ace needed four more strikeouts and three comebackers over the final nine hitters to complete the one-hitter and finish with the minimum of 21 batters faced in the shutout.

"She seemed stronger. I think she's bringing it a lot quicker," Chautauqua Lake coach Sue Teets said of Burk. "I think her confidence level has risen."

Alanna Dibble keyed the Trojans offense. Her three-run double in the second inning gave the visitors a 3-0 lead and she finished two more singles in the later innings.

"With all of them, one is hot and then someone else is. This was Alanna's day. She did a great job," Anderson said. "She had a couple at Frewsburg and then not so many at Maple Grove. She came back today. It's been up and down a little bit, but we'll take them."

Sophomore Erin Radack, Brinkley, senior Olivia Volk and junior Samika Mathews each added a pair of hits to fuel the Southwestern attack.

"I was talking to the girls on the way over because we've split with them the last two years," Anderson said. "It's good to take it here and hopefully we'll continue that when we get them home."

The Trojans loaded the bases on a hit and a pair of walks in the first inning, but Chautauqua Lake sophomore Olivia Anderson got out of the jam with a pop out to second base.

"I enjoyed what I saw and I enjoyed what my catcher was calling," Teets said of her Anderson-Chadelynn Johnson battery. "It was good calling and good pitch selection."

The Thunderbirds weren't so lucky in the third inning. Southwestern junior Haydn Swan-Leuze led off with a single past a diving Cameryn Hawkins at shortstop and Brinkley followed with a single to center field before Burk walked to load the bases. Anderson then picked up a strikeout and second baseman Katelyn Fardink made a nice play to cut down a runner at home on a fielder's choice for the second out, but Dibble made sure the Trojans' effort wouldn't go to waste. The junior first baseman roped Anderson's offering into center field just out of reach of a diving Keyser allowing Brinkley, Burk and senior Kayla Conway to score for the Trojans.

"I never remember Dibble being that tough of an out," Teets said. "I looked at her in the lineup, and she found the gap out there every time. She was a tough out."

Southwestern added two more runs in its half of the sixth inning. Mathews led off with a single and Radack followed with a single. With one out, Brinkley grounded to first, but the throw across the diamond was low leaving all three runners safe. Mathews then raced home on a wild pitch and Burk followed with a sacrifice fly to right field.

"We hadn't played a game in two-and-a-half weeks," Teets said. "No excuses, but it's tough to come back with either Fredonia or Southwestern on two days of practice."

NOTES: Anderson struck out seven and walked three for Chautauqua Lake. ... Fardink made a nice catch on a Dibble line out in the second inning. ... Mathews made a nice play on a hard ground ball from sophomore Cianna Braymiller to start the bottom of the fifth inning.



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