LAKEWOOD - Eighth-ranked Southwestern (15-5) put on an offensive clinic on Friday, racking up 19 hits en route to a 20-3 victory over No. 12 Lackawanna (0-13) in Section 6 Class B-2 prequarterfinal baseball action.
The Trojans were almost unstoppable, scoring five runs in the first inning, three in the second, three in the fourth, four more in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Corey Bryerton had a huge day, slamming a triple and three singles while collecting six RBIs, Noah Weinstein added three hits and had five RBIs and Niko Pannes drilled three hits.
Frewsburg starting pitcher Tage Johnson delivers to the plate during Friday’s Section 6 Class C prequarterfinal baseball game against Randolph. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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Southwestern’s Ben Burk, right, finds himself in a rundown during Friday’s Section 6 Class B-2 prequarterfinal baseball game against Lackawanna. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
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Bryerton also picked up the victory on the mound, tossing a four-hitter in five innings with three strikeouts and just two walks.
Southwestern will move on to battle Royalton-Hartland in the quarterfinal game on Tuesday.
CARTER, GENCO LEAD WAY
FALCONER - Falconer's Mitch Carter tossed a three-hitter in leading the eighth-seeded Golden Falcons (9-6) to an 8-2 win over Charter School for Applied Technology.
Carter pitched six strong innings, striking out three with no walks.
The Golden Falcons scored three runs in the fifth inning to seal their victory.
AJ Genco led the way offensively with four hits, including two doubles and two RBIs. Mike Wilcox added two doubles and two RBIs, Gibson Stuart two doubles and three RBIs and Kyle Petersen a double.
Falconer will now advance to the quarterfinals and will travel to No. 1 Gowanda at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday.
HOLLAND - Maple Grove's Graham Nelson turned out to be the hero of the day as the ninth-ranked Red Dragons (9-11) battled back to edge No. 8 Holland, 5-4.
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Early on, Maple Grove was in control, beginning in the top of the fourth when Nelson led things off with a hit and Cass Howard doubled, sending Nelson to third. Brandon Reagle then laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Nelson to make it 1-0 as Howard went to third.
Corey Wefing drilled a base hit to score Howard for the 2-0 lead, then stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Reagle then put down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Wefing and the Red Dragons were up 3-0.
That lead was short-lived as Holland answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 3-3 and took the lead, 4-3, in the bottom of the fifth, scoring a run on a fielder's choice.
In the top half of the seventh, Collin Stack singled, stole second and Nolan Knipe hit another ground ball to the shortstop, who committed an error on the throw to first, allowing Stack to cross the plate and tie the game at 4-4.
Knipe went to second on the error and Nelson then slammed a double, which brought Knipe home with the eventual winning run. Holland's chances ended in the bottom of the seventh on a double play.
Stack ended up getting the victory for Maple Grove, entering in the fifth to relieve starter Matt Roach. Stack allowed one hit in three innings
Offensively, Nelson collected three hits with a double and an RBI, Roach added two hits and Jonah Tanner had two hits and an RBI.
Maple Grove now moves on to play No. 1 Westfield on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
FREWSBURG - It is hard to imagine the Frewsburg Bears (9-11) having a better start to their postseason than they did Friday.
The No. 4 Bears received offensive production throughout their lineup during the first inning against No. 13 Randolph (2-10-2), scored 10 runs and breezed to a 22-0 victory.
Starting pitcher Tage Johnson was pulled by Coach Jay Grann following the third inning thanks to the cushy lead, which means Frewsburg will have a fresher bullpen moving forward.
Johnson was able to fan four Cardinals with one walk before giving way to Trevor Spicer in the fourth, who was, in turn, relieved by Koby Carder.
"I think the best part is that we got three pitchers to see live batters and see some innings in playoff baseball. That can only help going forward," Grann said. "I didn't know what to expect. We didn't play them this year, I know that they played some better games but they obviously didn't have their best game today. But I thought that a lot of that was because we played really well too. We hit the ball, we played (defense) and our pitching was outstanding.''
After jumping to a 3-0 lead without the benefit of a hit, Garrett Steele smacked a two-run single, Kole Brink an RBI single, Johnson a two-run double, and Trevor Spicer an and Bryce Peterson each added RBI singles
The lead grew to 13-0 in the second inning and the Bears cruised from there.
Johnson led the way on offense, notching two doubles and two RBIs while Micheal Mammoser, Bryce Raymond, and Peterson all finished with two singles and two RBIs. Reid Bjork added an RBI single while Proctor finished with two hits and an RBI.
Frewsburg will hope to carry its momentum into the quarterfinals Tuesday when it travels to No. 5 Allegany-Limestone, a 13-0 winner over Cattaraugus-Little Valley.
MAYVILLE - Third-seeded Chautauqua Lake (8-4, 12-5) managed only four hits, struck out 10 times and were down by three runs after just two innings, but the Thunderbirds never quit and managed to pull out an 8-7 win over No. 14 Silver Creek.
The Black Knights started strong with a six-run second inning that included an RBI double by Kraig Gilbert and RBI hits by Nick Iskra and Chris Williams, but Chautauqua Lake battled back to tie the game at 7-7 in the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Kyle Mayer hit a two-out single, stole second and moved to third on a walk and came home with the winning run on a passed ball.
Mayer led the Thunderbirds with three hits and two RBIs.
Tyler Meredith got the win in relief, allowing two runs and three hits over the final 5innings, walking two while striking out five.
Silver Creek starter Adam Klajbor went four innings and Iskra finished in relief, striking out four, walking five and allowing two hits in suffering the loss.
Chautauqua Lake advances to the quarterfinals, hosting the winner of Barker-Portville on Tuesday.
COUGARS 'STEAL' WIN
SINCLAIRVILLE - The No. 2 Cassadaga Valley Cougars stole 12 bases and took advantage of eight errors on their way to a 13-0 victory over No. 15 Western New York Maritime Charter School.
The Cougars were aggressive on the basepaths early and often, finishing 12 for 12 in stolen base attempts.
"After the first inning we settled in and got it going," Cassadaga Valley coach Joe Mistretta said. "The kids started timing the pitcher a little bit better and once we get people on base, we are pretty aggressive. We steal every game, every chance, every opportunity we have. For a first playoff game, they did pretty good."
The Cougars needed only eight hits to score 13 runs as errors by WNY Maritime repeatedly proved to be costly.
Cassadaga Valley was held to a single run in the first inning before blowing the game open with 11 runs over the next four innings.
After failing to take advantage of three errors in the first inning, Cassadaga Valley recovered for four runs in the second.
Tyson Gugino launched an RBI double while Kyle Ruge and Matt Heath each had RBI singles in the inning. The Cougars also stole five bases to set the tone on the bases.
Five more stolen bases combined with sloppy defense by WNY Maritime led to four more runs in the fourth to give Cassadaga Valley a commanding 9-0 lead.
Matt Hallowell pitched well in the win, allowing only four hits, striking out 14 and walking none on his way to a complete game, shutout victory.
Heath did it all for Cassadaga Valley offense and finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, four runs scored, two stolen bases and as many RBIs. Ruge was 2-for-4 with four stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI. Jaquan Watts also contributed in the win with two stolen bases, three walks and as many runs scored.
Cassadaga Valley will host No. 7 Olmstead in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday. Olmstead defeated No. 10 Franklinville, 14-7, on Friday.
RAIDERS FALL TO FRONTIER
HAMBURG - Thanks to Chris Young, No. 6 Frontier was able to shut out No. 11 Jamestown (2-17), 9-0.
Young scattered six hits with nine strikeouts and a walk.
The Red Raiders had their chances against Young as they loaded the bases in the first inning while having a runner at second in the fifth and seventh innings. Overall, they left seven on base.
Joe Yetman and Andy Feeney had three singles for Frontier while Jake Kindberg closed out his career with two hits for Jamestown.
A four-run third inning gave the Falcons the lead for good. Jake Sisson took the loss, giving up 10 hits with two strikeouts and a walk,
Frontier goes to No. 3 Lancaster in the prequarterfinals on Tuesday.