SINCLAIRVILLE-No. 2 Cassadaga Valley (11-2) is making come-from-behind wins a habit this postseason after they posted a 13-8 Section 6 Class C semifinal baseball win over No. 3 Chautauqua Lake (13-6) on Thursday.
The victory marked the third consecutive game that the Cougars have climbed out of an early hole.
"For the third game in a row we fell behind in the first inning, 2-0, and then we came back in the top of the second and scored three runs,'' Cassadaga Valley coach Joe Mistretta said. ''We scored three runs in the second and four in the third.''
The key hits were a two-run single by Tyson Gugino in the second and a two-run single by Matt Heath in the third," said Coach Joe Mistretta.
Jaquan Watts picked up the win on the hill for Cassadaga Valley in fanning four with five walks in six innings of work. Chase Jones entered the game in relief and was able to finish off the seventh inning despite entering the game with the bases loaded.
Devin Pope got the start on the mound for the Thunderbirds and had four strikeouts and six walks in three innings.
For the winners Heath had four hits and Gugino two, while Kyle Ruge smacked a double and a single and Watts did the same.
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Kyle Mayer and Tyler Furlow both had a single and a double for Chautauqua Lake.
FREDONIA - The No. 2 Fredonia Hillbillies (18-3) survived another scare and came away with a 3-2 victory over the No. 6 Medina Mustangs.
Weston Ley picked up the complete-game win on the mound for the Hillbillies, striking out eight and walking three while allowing just three hits.
Adam Hoot pitched a complete game in the loss, giving up three hits and striking out nine while walking two.
"Their pitcher did a nice job shutting us down," Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. "Adam did a nice job against Dunkirk (earlier in the playoffs) and he had a great breaking ball (Thursday). He had us off-balance. We had no plan up there. I was slightly disappointed, but I was glad we pushed across three runs. The way we can pitch, we are just looking to score three to five runs a game."
Fredonia took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but the Mustangs answered with two runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game.
Medina's lead was short-lived as the Hillbillies tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth and held on the rest of the way.
"Weston did great getting ahead in the count," Gullo said. "His velocity was up there and our defense was solid. We made no errors, which kept us from panicking."
Cam Voss doubled, tripled and scored two runs to lead the Hillbilly offense.
Ley added a triple while Mike Pucci singled and added an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
"It's pretty fun being in tight games," Gullo said. "We weren't really challenged in our league this season. It's nice to see who is battling."
Fredonia will face No. 5 Olean on Saturday at Diethrick Park in the Class B1 final. First pitch is 4 p.m.
BROCTON DOWNS PVCS
SOUTH DAYTON - Thanks to an outstanding performance by Steve Krystofiak of Brocton, there is going to be new champion in Section 6 Class D baseball this year.
Krystofiak allowed one hit while fanning 11 and walking two as the Bulldogs (10-7) ended Pine Valley's reign as the champions by a 3-2 semifinal score.
''Steve threw very well and it was his top performance of the season,'' said Brocton coach Terry Presto about the effort.
The only hit off Krystofiak was an RBI single by hard-luck loser Thomas Raiport in the second inning. Raiport later scored that inning on an error.
Brocton scored all the runs it needed during a three-run first inning. Ryan Johnson doubled in a run, Devin Walter drew a bases-loaded walk and an error tallied the three runs.
Raiport went six innings and Winfred Nelson one while yielding six hits, two by Nash Delcamp.
Brocton plays North Collins, which blanked Ellicottville, 17-0 in the semifinals, for the title at 10 a.m., Saturday at Diethrick Park.