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Pine Valley scrapes together enough runs for win

Pine Valley booked a trip to the Class D final four, while Fredonia had to wait another day to decide its fate.

Pine Valley captured its first Far West Regional championship since 1997 by defeating Arkport, 3-2, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Fredonia was an out away from securing the Class B Far West Regional championship until Wayland Cohocton rallied in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 7. Officials eventually called the game because of darkness and it will be resumed today at 4:30 p.m. at Babcock Field in Dansville.

Wayland Cohocton had runners on second and third with two outs and Fredonia leading, 7-6, when a wild pitch enabled the Eagles to score the tying run from third.

The game, which was delayed for more than 90 minutes because of rain, was called shortly thereafter.

But by the time the Fredonia game was called, Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek was already in a giddy mood.

"I haven't stopped smiling since the third out," he said. "Every time someone says something to me it makes me smile."

Lyle Howard allowed just one hit through five innings and the Panthers managed to scrape together enough runs to win. The biggest hit was Zach Fancher's RBI double in the fifth inning that pushed across what proved to be the winning run.

"Lyle was great on the mound for us and after we scored our first run you could see in the kids' eyes that if we got a few more we were going to take a ride to Binghamton," said Buczek.