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2018-05-16 / Sports

Kenmore East softball gets rare Sheridan win over West


Kenmore East pitcher Sarah Burhans fires the ball in for a strike during the Lady Bulldogs win over Kenmore West Thursday at Sheridan Park. It was the first such win for the team since 2009. Burhans pitched a complete game on the mound and allowed just one run. 
Photo by Dan Nesselbush. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Kenmore East pitcher Sarah Burhans fires the ball in for a strike during the Lady Bulldogs win over Kenmore West Thursday at Sheridan Park. It was the first such win for the team since 2009. Burhans pitched a complete game on the mound and allowed just one run. Photo by Dan Nesselbush. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com For the first time in nearly a decade, the Kenmore East softball team has defeated Kenmore West at Sheridan Park. The Lady Bulldogs got a 4-1 victory in the annual East/West doubleheader for the first time since 2009.

“The girls finally put everything together and it showed,” Kenmore East coach Robert O’Connor said. “There were bits and pieces of this all season long. In one game here tonight, we saw all of it put together.”

The Lady Bulldogs were led by a strong performance from pitcher Sarah Burhans, who allowed just one run and allowed just five hits all game.

“West has some great hitters,” O’Connor said. “Sarah pitched a great game and Brian Burhans called a great game. The girls were lights out on defense and they did what they needed to do.”

The defense was strong behind Burhans, consistently making the right plays to get Lady Blue Devils runners out.

“It feels really great because ever since I’ve been playing, we’ve never beat them,” Burhans said. “It was a really great win to wrap up the season. We all played together, we had very few errors. That’s something we struggled with in the past playing against them. We really played together, it was great.

“It’s been really great having my team beside me. They’ve been great this season. We’ve been playing together more than we have in past years, so it’s been really great this season.”

The Lady Bulldogs started out strong right away. Samantha Kelly led off with a single and Burhans hit her over to third with a double. Gabby Vasi hit a sacrifice fly to score Kelly before Lexi Lagattuta hit a single to score


Kenmore West pitcher Abby Borkowski tosses a pitch during the annual East/West baseball and softball doubleheader at Sheridan Park. Borkowski and the Blue Devils fell to Kenmore East 4-1. 
Photo by Dan Nesselbush. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Kenmore West pitcher Abby Borkowski tosses a pitch during the annual East/West baseball and softball doubleheader at Sheridan Park. Borkowski and the Blue Devils fell to Kenmore East 4-1. Photo by Dan Nesselbush. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Burhans.

Kenmore West fired back in the second inning when Lydia Serrano hit a single to lead off. Zoe Battaglia hit an RBI single to make it 2-1.

The score would remain that way until the bottom of the sixth inning. Vasi and Lagattuta both hit singles and were hit home by Camryn Smith to make it 4-1. The Lady Blue Devils went down in order in the top of the seventh to bring the game to an end.

“That was huge to pick up a couple extra runs in the sixth,” O’Connor said. “Then they went three up, three down and the rest was history. But West played very hard, so congratulations to them as well.”

The Lady Bulldogs started the season 0-5 but went 6-6 from there to finish the season 6-11. One major key to the finish was Burhans coming back from her ACL injury.

“Sarah was out with an ACL tear for the first half of the season and didn’t come back until mid-April,” O’Connor said. “She’s been doing great. It’s really helped out to have a second pitcher. We’re heating up in time for sectionals.”

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils were close all game but just missed out on some opportunities to tie the game.

“They played a great game on defense, and we didn’t,” Kenmore West coach Matt Chimera said. “We made a couple mistakes that cost us runs. That was the difference. Sarah threw a great game.

“Coming into tonight, we had won five or six in a row. We were getting on a little bit of a roll, so I was confident about tonight. They took it away from us. They made some good plays in the outfield, and their third baseman and shortstop made some great plays. We only had five hits. We had been hitting the ball a lot better lately.”

Kenmore West followed up that game with a non-league win over Cheektowaga Saturday, and played Lew-Port Monday in a game that did not end by press time. They’ll head to the playoffs looking to keep hitting the ball the way they did before the East game.

“We didn’t hit the ball great tonight,” Chimera said. “We hit it hard, but we hit it right at them and they made plays. We need to keep hitting the ball, and hopefully in the sectionals, it will come around.”

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