FALCONER - The outcome all but decided, Falconer coach Chris Schrader turned to his scorekeeper in the top of the seventh inning of Monday's Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 baseball game and inquired about how many pitches right-hander Dan Williamson had thrown.
When he was told 67, Schrader's eyes grew wide and a satisfied look swept over his face.
Williamson, one of only three seniors on the Golden Falcons' roster, ended up retiring the side in order, preserving his six-hit, five-strikeout, no-walk shutout and a 14-0 victory over Allegany-Limestone.
Above, Falconer senior Dan Williamson delivers to the plate during Monday’s Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 baseball game against Allegany-Limestone. Williamson scattered six hits, struck out five and didn’t issue a walk. Below, Falconer freshman A.J. Genco drills one of his three doubles. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Scott Kindberg
Chalk one up for ''Mr. Old School,'' who sported a healthy beard, uniform stirrup socks pulled high and the kind of steady performance that has been his figurative calling card since he was a sophomore.
''Danny has been our guy for the last three years,'' Schrader said. '' ... He's been our workhorse. Last year we didn't have a lot of wins, but he gave us an opportunity to be in a lot of games. ... He threw outstanding today.''
Williamson had help, courtesy of an eye-opening effort from freshman A.J. Genco, who pounded out three doubles and drove in six runs. Through 13 games, Genco leads the team in at-bats and has seized his opportunity on the varsity after missing a chunk of his jayvee season in 2012 to a broken collarbone.
''He's going to be special for us,'' Schrader said. '' ... That ball was huge for him today and he was getting some nice cuts.''
After belting an RBI two-bagger in the second inning, Genco drilled a three-run double in the fifth to highlight an eight-run rally, and capped the evening with a two-run double in the sixth.
That was more than enough for Williamson, who helped his own cause by picking off a runner in the fifth inning and was the beneficiary of a nifty third-to-second-to-first double play turned by teammates Jacob Youngberg, Genco and Stuart Gibson.
All in all, it was a banner day for Falconer (3-10, 3-5), which lost at Allegany-Limestone earlier this season, but was hitting on all cylinders on a cool, overcast day.
''I would say that was our best all-around game of the year,'' Schrader said.
In addition to highlight-reel efforts by Williamson and Genco, Mike Wilcox (triple) added two hits and drove in a pair of runs, and Williamson, Jacob Stover and Zack Mata all added run-scoring singles.
Losing pitcher Zack Johnson and Dom Conroy each had two hits for Allegany-Limestone, but the Gators were guilty of two passed balls, two hit batters and four errors, which resulted in 14 unearned runs.
Falconer returns to action Friday when it travels to Dunkirk.