The Fredonia Hillbillies (6-2, 3-0) scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to escape with a 7-2 victory over Southwestern on Wednesday in CCAA West I high school baseball.
The first six innings showcased two solid pitching performances as Fredonia's Cam Voss and Southwestern freshman Niko Pannes were sharp on the mound.
"Cam kept us in it," Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. "He was his old self (Wednesday). He was 100 percent strong and he kept us in it while we were struggling. Pannes pitched a great game. He had us chasing his pitches. For a freshman, he did a fantastic job."
Frewsburg’s Trevor Spicer takes a cut at the plate during Wednesday’s West 1 Division baseball game against Dunkirk. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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Voss yielded four hits and three walks while fanning 10 in a complete-game effort. Pannes went six strong innings with seven strikeouts and four walks.
The Trojans got on the board first as Ben Burk ripped an RBI single to score Nick Swanson.
Fredonia responded in the third inning as Voss had an RBI single of his own to tie the score, 1-all.
The visitors took a 2-1 advantage in the fifth, and Southwestern got the equalizer in the bottom of the sixth as Burk had another RBI single to plate Hunter Peterson.
In the top of the seventh inning, Fredonia charted six of their 12 hits. Matt Sheridan reached on an error and consecutive singles by Voss and Cody Smith loaded the bases. With one out, Mike Pucci belted a two-run single and Tyler DiRusso had an RBI single. Weston Ley rounded out the scoring with a two-run base hit for the win.
"We made quite a few mental mistakes," Gullo said. "It was nice the boys cleared their heads and pulled it together in the last inning. We have a lot to work on."
Voss finished 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Burmaster, Ley and Smith each had two hits for the winners.
DUNKIRK DOWNS BEARS
FREWSBURG - All the scoring was done in the last two innings and Dunkirk did most of it on the way to an 8-4 victory over Frewsburg (2-1, 3-5).
Koby Carder and Sam Peppy were involved in a scoreless battle until the sixth inning when the Marauders scored five times to break it open en route to the win.
In the sixth inning, Nate Skubis and Tyrek Ruiz had two-run singles to key the outburst for the winners (2-2).
Carder went six innings and allowed four hits with seven walks and seven strikeouts in taking the loss.
Peppy, meanwhile, went 6 innings and left with four runs scored in the seventh and the bases loaded. Ruiz came on and fanned the final batter .
The Bears tallied all four runs in the seventh with Tage Johnson having a two-run single. Neither team did much hitting with Dunkirk having four hits, two by Skubis, and the Bears three.
Frewsburg got its first hit in the sixth inning on a single by Cordell O'Brien.
EAST 1 DIVISION
GOWANDA TOPS CARDS
RANDOLPH - Randolph (1-2, 0-1) dropped its league opener to Gowanda, 9-2.
The Panthers were never in trouble thanks to Carter Benton's complete-game performance, which included seven strikeouts and no walks.
Ryan Boutelle was the leader for Gowanda's offense with three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Cole Dailey managed a pair of hits with an RBI and Matt Kruszka ripped a double with a pair of RBIs.
Austin Mitchell had three hits and Nick Hettenbaugh two for the Cardinals.
WEST 2 DIVISION
T'BIRDS EDGE SHERMAN
RIPLEY - Chautauqua Lake baseball (2-1, 3-2) improved their record to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the division following a 5-4 win over Sherman (0-2, 1-2).
Leading the Thunderbirds on the mound was Braydyn Wappat who tossed a 10-strikeout complete game.
Sherman starter Jeremy Cole led the Wildcats through four innings, striking out six and walking four while reliever Ryan Robson managed to fan a pair and allow two hits the rest of the way.
Chautauqua Lake trailed 3-1 after two innings, but pounded home four runs in the third thanks to a single by Avery Webb, an RBI triple by Kyle Mayer, a two-RBI double by Tyler Furlow, and a sacrifice fly from Cody Sargent.
Devin Pope was able to stop any chance at a Sherman comeback with a double play to end the game.