The area’s baseball and softball teams will begin their playoff journey starting with the Salamanca softball team this afternoon.
Coach Ron Wojtowicz and the Lady Warriors (12-4, 10-3) will face Gowanda at 4:30 p.m. at Crowley Park. Salamanca is seeded 10th and Gowanda arrives as the 23rd seed.
Wojtowicz said JFK is seeded first in the Class C section bracket. If the Lady Warriors win today, they will play 7th-seeded Cleveland Hill on Friday.
Jessica King leads Salamanca batting with an average of .422, 24 hits, 10 doubles, 20 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Jessie Peters is batting .404 with 21 hits and leads the team with eight stolen bases. Amy Herrick is batting .313 with 16 RBIs, Angela Kyler is batting .311 and Gina Jimerson is batting .303.
Peters and Herrick have each scored 16 points so far. Nikki Butler scored 15.
Julie Saradin pitched 90 innings. She is 10-4 with a 1.47 ERA. Saradin allowed 61 hits while striking out 106 and walking 21.
Ellicottville softball coach Tim Bergan said the Class D playoffs will begin on Friday. The Lady Eagles won’t play until Tuesday when they host sixth seed West Valley at 4:30 p.m.
Bergan said the Lady Eagles split two games against West Valley this spring.
Ellicottville is the third seed. The Eagles are without outfielder Jill McAndrew, who was injured about two weeks ago while trying to field a line practice.
“If we win, we face the winner of the (No.) 2-7 seed which is Ripley (16-2) against Sherman or Brocton,” Bergan said. ßThey also play on Tuesdays.à
Hinsdale is the No. 1 seed in Class D, he said.
Eagles baseball coach Chris Mendell has the top-ranked Class D team. Ellicottville finished the regular season at 16-5, 6-2.
Ellicottville won its final game of the regular season at Cattaraugus-Little Valley 10-2.
Last year, the Eagles went to the state championship before losing. They enter this year’s playoffs with seniors Matt Erlandson and Nick Smith as the two starters.
The Eagles enter the field on Tuesday when they host Brocton (eighth seed) or Hinsdale (ninth). These two teams face off today. If the Eagles won on Tuesday, they would play at home again on Thursday.
Cattaraugus-Little Valley baseball coach Chuck Senn said his team is playing Friday in Frewsburg in the Class C playoffs.
“The first game we beat them by several points,” he said. ßGame 2, they homered with two outs in the seventh to beat us 6-4.
The Timberwolves are ranked 10th while Frewsburg is seventh. City Honors has the No. 1 seed.
If Cattaraugus-Little Valley wins on Friday, their next game will be on Tuesday. Senn said Cassadaga Valley and Falconer are playing today, with the winner facing Silver Creek on Friday. The Timberwolves would play the winner of that game.
The Timberwolves softball team is the 22nd seed in Class C. The Timberwolves are in action today in Panama (12th seed).