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S-GI softball team prepares for playoffs

SPRINGVILLE—The Springville-Griffith Institute girls softball team completed its regular season at 6-11 by winning five of its last nine games, and is set to take on City Honors High School May 18 in a quarterfinal playoff matchup at McCarthy Park at 4:45 p.m.

What has coach Jon Chaddock excited about the upcoming playoffs is the improved hitting the team displayed in its regular season doubleheader finale against JFK. The Griffins took both games by a combined 37-9 score May 15. After beating JFK 22-3 in the first game, Springville took its foot off the gas pedal in a 15-6 win in the matinee.

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Catcher Abby Fisher prepares to corral one of Sarah Kester’s pitches.

Sarah Kester was the winning pitcher in both games with 11 combined strikeouts and went 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run.

“Sarah has really been coming into form and overall the team has been more confident and aggressive as demonstrated by how well the team hit the last two games,” Chaddock said.

In addition to Kester, Chaddock’s other pitcher was strong at the plate against JFK, as Sydney Rosati went 4-for-4 on the day. Also with a strong performance was Kaylee Timmel, who hit a homerun to go with three RBI.

The pair of wins against JFK in the regular season finale broke a four-game losing skid that included losses to Cleveland Hill (May 13), Holland (May 12), Tonawanda (May 9) and Eden (May 8), after the team had strung together a three-game win streak with a doubleheader win against Lackawanna (May 3) that was preceded by a win against Holland (April 28).

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