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Griffin softball pair named all ECIC

SPRINGVILLE—Two student-athletes from Springville’s softball team were named to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Erie County Interscholastic Conference III team last weekend. Earning ECIC-III First Team honors was Meadow Wittman, while Sarah Kester was named to the second team.

First team selections are given position designations with Wittman being distinguished for her play in the outfield, although she split time with infield play while leading the team from the plate with the highest batting average.

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With another season at Springville on deck, Wittman will help varsity head coach Kim Pazzuti put together a contender to go farther in next season’s playoffs.

“[Wittman] started off as our shortstop but asked to play in the outfield. We moved her to centerfield and she played that position effortlessly,” Pazzuti said. “She could be seen on the run catching fly balls and assisting her teammates in left and right fields. She truly was a leader in the field.”

Kester graduated in June, but was the team’s anchor from the mound.

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“She was our starting pitcher and battled through many games with a smile. She was dependable and worked hard throughout our season even when injured and gave her best,” the coach said. “She will be missed next year on our field.”

Springville athletic director Joe DeMartino also spoke well of the Griffin all-star pair as well as coach Pazzuti.

“[Wittman and Kester] were certainly deserving of the recognition. [Kester] was a third-year varsity player and had been consistent with her performances and leadership throughout, while [Wittman] is a tremendous athlete who will also receive accolades this upcoming year in volleyball,” Martino said. “Both had a very good softball season this past spring given a division that was very competitive. Congratulations to the ladies, including Mrs. Pazzuti, for their accomplishments.”

DeMartino referenced the NYSPHAA Class B-1 Division led by powerhouse Olean. The Griffins’ season ended in the second round to Olean after Springville had its most convincing win of the season in the playoff opener against Newfane with a 16-1 win.

After Olean beat the Griffins by 14 runs, they captured the Class B-1 title with a win over Fredonia. The Huskies followed that win by taking the overall Class B title over Eden, and then took the Far West Regionals with a victory over Bishop Kearney. Olean ended its season in the Class B state semifinals with a 5-0 loss to eventual state champion Ichabod Crane.

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