By Todd Palmatier
In Ellicottville softball, the varsity softball program is off to a rocky start, as they are 1-7 on the season, with losses to Franklinville and Cattaraugus/Little Valley, and a lone victory over the North Collins Eagles. Due to the inclement weather this week, games have been postponed and are being rescheduled.
In modified softball, the Eagles are off to a 1-1 start, with a convincing win at home over the Timberwolves of Cattaraugus/Little Valley and a tough loss to Franklinville.
In baseball, the boys’ varsity team has improved its record to 3-6 with a three game winning streak that began with a 14-3 victory over North Collins. They followed that up last Friday with a convincing 10-5 victory over Franklinville, and they closed out the week with another double digit run count with an 11-3 victory over rival Cattaraugus/Little Valley.
In boys’ modified baseball, the Eagles stepped foot on the diamond for the first time last week against Franklinville and were turned back by a score of 9-1, but turned the corner on Monday night with a convincing victory over the Timberwolves of Cattaraugus/Little Valley.
The Ellicottville golf team has yet to have a match, as the weather has not cooperated with them. Coach Dan LaCroix is looking forward to a very promising season as he has a mixture of golfers from 8th grade up.
ECLV Little League has begun practices this week and president Todd Palmatier is confident they can get their season rolling on May 10 with a season opener triple header played at the first ball diamond in Little Valley.
The League is looking for umpires, and are willing to pay $25 to boys and girls ages 16 and older to ump games. If interested, contact Josh Bower at 716-864-5270.
They are also looking for some help in getting their fields in playing shape. With the weather not cooperating, it has been hard for the Ellicottville DPW to get on the fields, but Mayor Coolidge and department head Morton always come through for the youth of Ellicottville.
In other sports, our own 13-year-old Evelyn “little crazy” Cortez was chosen to play on the Under Armor National Softball Factory team. She was chosen out of thousands of girls who tried out for the team. Congratulations Evelyn!