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Boldt leads Olean to Class A-2 baseball crown

NIAGARA FALLS – His last name, Boldt, is fitting.

Garrett Boldt, an Olean co-captain, legged out two doubles, stole a base, and scored twice as his Huskies won the Class A-2 Section VI baseball championship, 7-2, over Lewiston-Porter Wednesday at Niagara Falls High School. Boldt also pitched six innings and allowed just two runs, one earned, while walking just two and striking
out 10.

"He’s a gamer," said Olean coach John Zambanini. "There’s no question about it. He’s a stud athlete, and his arm’s probably hanging, but he wouldn’t tell you."

After pitching a scoreless top of the first, Boldt led off with a single in the bottom of the inning. He stole second and scored on an RBI single by fellow captain Justin Retchless. Nick Crandall tripled for the Huskies to drive in two runs more in the first, and Olean had a 3-0
lead.

Boldt doubled in the second and again in the fourth, driving in another Olean run with each hit. He raced home on Dell Butler’s single to right for the Huskies’ seventh run in the fourth.

"When I need to run, I just run," Boldt said. "Just gotta hopefully get a run and get up higher, and hopefully the other team collapses. I just trust my hands and relax up there (at the plate) and not get too tense and relax, and I can just hit the ball wherever I want."

Boldt was equally effective on the mound, scattering just five hits and two walks over six innings.

"We just have a game plan to come in and throw strikes and let our defense play everything," said Boldt. "The last few games, our defense has been unbelievable."

"Only two walks; I can live with that," said Zambanini. "We made the plays in the field. Boldt pitched well. He stayed within himself. A couple times, he’d try to throw a little bit too hard, but when he gives his team a chance to play, we’ve been playing good D for the most part for the last four games, so we gotta continue to do that. He pitched a heck of a game."

Dylan Vincent closed the game with a perfect seventh inning, striking out two, sealing a sectional championship for Olean.

"This is great," Zambanini said. "These kids don’t seem all that excited. I know they have other things in mind. This was our second goal, and obviously our third goal is to win the states, so maybe that’s why they don’t seem so excited."

The next step for the Huskies is the Class A final Saturday at noon, also at Niagara Falls High, against Class A-1 champion Williamsville South.

 

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