RIPLEY, April 10 - The opportunistic Westfield Wolverines kept their perfect season intact with an 8-6 victory over Chautauqua Lake on Thursday in CCAA West II high school baseball.
The Thunderbirds gave up five unearned runs in the first three innings due in part to three errors and eight walks. Chautauqua Lake's Kyle Mayer got the home team back on track as he pitched the final four innings, walking four and striking out as many.
Robbie Burgess was the winning pitcher with seven strikeouts and just two walks in six innings of work. Brandon Johnston pitched the seventh inning and gave up two runs with three walks and two strikeouts.
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Brocton’s Ryan Johnson gets a forceout during Thursday’s CCAA West II high school baseball game against Cassadaga Valley.
Burgess led the Wolverines' offense with two doubles while Tanner Dahl added two hits.
For Chautauqua Lake, Mayer had two hits, Tyler Furlow collected two hits, including a double, and Braydyn Wappat ripped a double.
Clymer tops Panama behind Einink's three-hit pitching
PANAMA, April 10 - Behind the pitching of Mitch Einink, Clymer opened its Division 2 West baseball season with a big win on Thursday.
Einink tossed a three-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks as the Pirates downed Panama (0-3), 22-0, in a game called after six innings.
Jake Wiggers drove in three runs with a triple and single, Andrew Heil connected for three RBIs with a double and a single, and Adam Honey added two hits for the Pirates, who broke it open with a five-run second inning.
Eric Schutt had a double, Dan Odell and Rick Eddy singles for Panama.
Cougars score early in 9-0 win over Brocton
BROCTON, April 10 - The Cassadaga Valley Cougars scored all their runs in the first four innings and received a stellar pitching effort from Matt Hollowell in a 9-0 victory over Brocton on Thursday in CCAA West II high school baseball action.
Hollowell pitched a complete-game six hitter as he fanned two and walked two.
"We put the ball in play, but we hit it right to them every time," Brocton coach Terry Presto said. "They used timely hitting and took advantage of most of the walks they got."
The Bulldog pitchers issued a combined 10 walks.
The Cougars scored three runs in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI single from Hollowell.
In the third inning, Chris Ellis had an RBI fielder's choice and Jordan Crabtree added an RBI single to give the visitors an 8-0 lead.
Crabtree finished with two hits and two RBI while Jaquan Watts had two hits of his own.
Nash Delcamp was Brocton's lone bright spot on offense with two of his team's six hits.
Johnson dominant as Brocton rolls past West Valley
BROCTON, April 12 - Ryan Johnson allowed one hit over five innings of work Saturday, striking out 11 and walking none as Brocton (1-2, 0-2) picked up its first win of the young baseball season, an 11-0 triumph over non-league opponent West Valley (1-3).
"Ryan threw well again," Brocton coach Terry Presto said. "He struck out the side in the second and third innings. He had 11 strikeouts and he only faced 16 batters."
The Bulldogs' offense helped Johnson out, scoring two runs in their half of the first, one in the third and one in the fifth, before putting the game out of reach with a four-run sixth. Macalum Buchanan tossed the final two innings for Brocton, allowing a run on three hits while striking out three and walking one.
"Macalum came in and pitched pretty well," Presto said. "He struck out three and walked one, so that's an improvement over the last time. And, of course, our hitting was much better."
The Bulldogs finished with 11 hits on the afternoon, including a 3-for-3 performance, with two doubles, from Steve Krystofiak, who also added three RBI.
Johnson helped his own cause with two hits and two RBI while Connor Dolce chipped in a pair of hits and two RBI of his own. Nash Delcamp added an RBI on a safety squeeze bunt in the bottom of the third.
West Valley's Austin Wierzba suffered the loss on the hill, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out two and walking as many over the game's first four innings.
Meredith picks up first win as T'birds blank Panthers
RIPLEY, April 9 - Freshman pitcher Tyler Meredith pitched a gem Wednesday in leading the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (2-0, 1-0) to an 11-0 victory over Panama in CCAA West II high school baseball.
Meredith pitched a complete game and struck out 14 and allowed just one hit while tossing 109 pitches.
Offensively, the Thunderbirds' Ian Clute led the offense with two hits, three runs scored and five RBI. Cody Sargent added a double and drove in three runs for the winners.
For Panama, Josh Giddy broke up the no-hitter in the fourth inning with a line-drive single.
Westfield shuts out Brocton
April 9 - Westfield's pitching staff continued its dominance Wednesday in pitching the Wolverines to a 3-0 shutout victory over Brocton in CCAA West II high school baseball.
Of a possible 60 outs through the first three games of the season, Westfield opponents have struck out 46 times.
Starting pitcher Nolan Hunt recorded nine strikeouts and did not give up a hit while Brandon Johnston finished the job with two strikeouts and allowed one hit to preserve the victory.
The Wolverines scored two runs in the first inning as Johnston doubled on the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning and scored on a Jonathan Wilson RBI single. Wilson stole second and scored on a Joe Quagliana RBI single.
Westfield's third and final run came in the third inning as Hunt walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a Tanner Dahl sacrifice fly.
The Bulldogs received a stellar pitching performance from Ryan Johnson, who threw a complete game, giving up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.