FREWSBURG -Frewsburg's Tage Johnson took control early and the sixth-seeded Bears (12-8) scored consistently and often and the result was an 8-1 win over No. 11 Randolph in Class C prequarterfinal baseball action on Monday.
"We got back to playing the way we need to play," said Frewsburg coach Jay Grann. "and we're really looking forward to advancing in the playoffs.
Johnson was in command, going the distance while tossing a three-hitter with no walks and nine strikeouts. He also made a big contribution on offense, slamming three triples, scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs.
Frewsburg first baseman Patrick Caldwell awaits a pickoff throw while Randolph’s Nate Beaver dives back to the bag in Monday’s Section 6 Class C prequarterfinal baseball game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Valory S. Isaacson
Offensively, Frewsburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and added a run in the third, two more in the fourth and two more in the sixth.
Also for the winners, Bryce Peterson added two hits and Michael Mammoser delivered a double and single.
For the Cardinals, Andrew Hvizdzak, Mitchell Maycock and Nate Beaver had the only hits while Maycock took the loss, pitching seven innings with five walks and two strikeouts.
OAKES SHINES FOR CVCS
SINCLAIRVILLE - Backed by the pitching of senior righthander Kenny Oakes, No. 5 Cassadaga Valley won its playoff opener.
Oakes tossed a three-hitter while fanning four and walking two as the Cougars (13-6) stopped No. 12 Barker, 3-1, and will play at Portville in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The only run scored off Oakes was unearned and it came in the sixth inning when Barker had two hits and took advantage of three CV errors.
Oakes drove in the first run in the third with a single and the Cougars added another in the fifth on a steal of home by Tage Reuther.
Tyson Gugino doubled in the sixth with Ryan Berg pinch-running and scored on pinch hitter Andy Ellis' grounder.
Oakes and Gugino had two hits and Matt Hallowell doubled in the victory.
MAYERS LEADS CLCS
MAYVILLE - The pitching of Kyle Mayer was the difference for Chautauqua Lake as it won its first Section 6 Class C baseball playoff game since 2006.
Mayer spun a neat five-hitter with 10 strikeouts and two walks and had a solid defense behind him with just one error as the Thunderbirds (2-12) took Salamanca, 9-1.
The Thunderbirds play at No. 1 Middle College today at 5 p.m.
Ian Clute pounded out two doubles and Tyler Furlow added two hits for the hosts while Mayer chipped in with a RBI triple.
Matt Crandall had two hits and Tadd Beattie went the distance with 10 strikeouts and walked 11 for Salamanca as the winners took advantage of wild pitches, passed balls and timely hitting.
MG EDGES OLMSTED
It all came down to the bottom of the seventh for Maple Grove as the seventh-seeded Red Dragons came through with a heart-stopping 4-3 victory over No. 10 Olmsted (5-9).
Maple Grove scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Jonah Tanner and Jeff Tanner both singled and advanced on a passed ball thrown by Robert Rakowski, who will be heading to the Division 1 program at the University of Buffalo this fall.
After a walk to Graham Nelson, who then stole second, Rakowski uncorked two more passed balls scoring Tanner and Tampe, and Nelson later crossed the plate to give Maple Grove (12-8) a 3-0 lead.
Olmsted got a run on a wild pitch that scored Rakowski to trim the lead to 3-1 in the fourth and tied the game in the top of the sixth on two wild pitches.
The visitors threatened again on the top of the seventh, but Nelson made a spectacular catch in left, then doubled off the runner at third.
Aaron Germain led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk for the Red Dragons. Tanner then laid down a bunt for a base hit, but Rakowski threw the ball over the head of the first baseman for an error and Germain came home with the winning run.
Germain was the starter for Maple Grove, but Collin Stack entered the game in the fifth with two outs and gave up just one hit, struck out three and walked two over his 2 innings of work to get the win. Tanner, a freshman, had two hits in the victory.
Maple Grove will now play at second-seeded Leonardo DiVinci on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
WESTFIELD - The No. 3 Westfield Wolverines jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in knocking off No. 14 Holland, 13-2.
The Wolverines scored at least two runs in the first three innings.
"We were really talking about that before the game," Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. "We wanted to stay in the moment and play one inning at a time and get something going early."
Rob Burgess and Dan Tofil provided solid pitching for the winners as they combined to scatter just five hits. Burgess went five strong innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks. He threw just 47 pitches in the game.
Offensively, Burgess was a perfect 4 for 4 with three RBIs. Travis Rammelt went 3 for 4 with a homer and Nolan Hunt had three hits. Joe Quagliana added two hits for the winners.
The Wolverines will play host to Frewsburg in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.