Pitching key for Fredonia
Fredonia, the Section VI Class B-2 baseball champion in 2011, is off to a strong start again.
The Hillbillies won their third straight in nonleague play Tuesday, defeating host Hamburg, 5-2, behind the pitching of junior right-hander Trent Thompson.
Thompson allowed three hits and struck out eight with just one walk and also had a pair of hits in four at-bats.
"Trent pitched a lot of big games for us last year as a sophomore," said Fredonia coach Vince Gullo.
Fredonia took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and was never headed. Nick Hart led off with a double and scored on a single by Thompson. Brent Lutz singled home Thompson.
Weston Ley reached base three times for Fredonia. He had a double, two stolen bases and scored twice.
Fredonia had six stolen bases in the game.
"We tried to do a little bit of everything," Gullo said of his team's aggressiveness on the bases.
The Hillbillies, a perennial contender for the CCAA I title along with neighboring Dunkirk, last year's overall sectional Class B champion, will open league play at Falconer on Monday.
First, though, is a return game in Fredonia against Hamburg on Thursday. Sam Hogan started for Hamburg on Tuesday and went five innings in taking the loss, the first in four games for the Bulldogs. Only two of the runs against Hogan were earned.
Kenmore East wins in S.C.
Creston Smith drove in the winning run with a seventh-inning single for Kenmore East in a 3-2 victory over Cassadaga Valley in the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Dan Gilliforte, who went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, doubled to start the seventh. After he was sacrificed to third, Smith came through. Zach Glasby was the winning pitcher as East broke through after two losses in the Classic.
"We've been outscored 12-0 and 23-0 in our first two games, and we were down 2-0 after four innings," said Kenmore East coach Leslie Simon. "For our kids to come back and achieve victory is a really character builder for us. Cassadaga Valley is a solid team. This is a nice win for our program."
Akron wins league contest
Akron scored six times in the top of the seventh to break open a close game and defeat Niagara-Orleans League rival Newfane, 9-5. It was the season opener for the losing Panthers.
Drew Bochert, who had two hits in the game, drove in a pair of runs during the winning rally. Tom James, Mitch Schulz and Trevor Foster had two hits each for the winning Tigers.
Lucas Schafer of St. Mary's of Lancaster (3-0) shut out Schalmont of Section II in the Cal Ripken Experience at Myrtle Beach, S.C. Schafer allowed just three hits, striking out seven against the Schenectady power.
Mike Compton and Pat Diez each had a pair of hits for Wilson in a 5-2 triumph over visiting Starpoint in a nonleague game. Compton drove in one of the Lakemen runs.