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Holland ends long championship baseball drought

Believe it or not, defense helped decide Holland’s 12-11 victory over Gowanda at Diethrick Park in Jamestown for the Section VI Class C championship, the first for Holland in 52 years.

Neal Finley and Dillon Taylor made outfield catches that saved four runs in the last two innings as coach Tim Schultz’s Dutchmen held off the Panthers. The game got off to a wild start, with Holland leading, 11-9, after three innings. Then things settled down until the exciting finish. Finley allowed just one run in three innings and E.J. Staniszewski picked up the save.

Taylor’s single in the top of the sixth drove in Staniszewski with what proved to be the winning run. That made it 12-10.

Gowanda loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but got only one run on a sacrifice fly when Taylor flagged down Matt Kruszka’s long drive to center field. Gowanda then had two runners thrown out at the plate, the last on an attempted steal by Alex Emery.

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“It’s my last year. I’m retiring from teaching,” said Schultz, who won a sectional championship in 1982 at Wilson. “To be part of another one after 33 years, I don’t know if that’s any kind of a record or not, but this is about these kids. I love coaching them.”

Cooper Rahn drove in four runs, three on a bases-loaded triple for Holland. Corey Winter had two triples for two RBIs. Taylor, a sophomore, had two hits for two RBIs and freshman Josh Ratajczak had two hits and scored twice.

Flyers move on to B final

Maryvale’s late-season push has taken the Flyers all the way to the Section VI Class B baseball final. Coach Kurt Hansen’s team advanced by winning the B-1 championship with a 5-3 victory over Eden at Orchard Park. It was the ninth win in the last 10 games for the Flyers, who finished third in ECIC III but have scored sectional victories over division co-champions East Aurora and Springville as well as Eden.

Anthony Hernandez, a sophomore, pitched 5∏ innings for the win, striking out seven. He got relief from Joel Krywcum, who came on with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth and limited the damage to one run and retired the Raiders in order in the seventh after giving up a leadoff single.

Maryvale scored four in the fifth inning, with Nick Koscinski driving home the first two with a single. Hernandez and Zach Nelson followed with RBI doubles.

The Flyers added a run in the sixth on Koscinski’s RBI single, his third hit of the game.

Luton wins two at ECICs

Sweet Home junior Tiana Luton won the high jump and 400 hurdles on Saturday and Rebecca Stiefler of Frontier and Sophia Tasselmyer of East Aurora added a second individual title to their victories on Friday at the ECIC Track and Field Championships at Maryvale.

Among the boys, the only individual double winner was Terius Wheatley of Orchard Park, who took the high jump and triple jump on Saturday.

McKyla Brooks, who won the girls long jump on Friday and the 100 on Saturday and Stiefler, who added the shot put to the discus title she won Friday, had the four Frontier individual titles. East Aurora and Sweet Home each had three individual wins plus a relay victory. Brooks retained her title in the long jump while Tasselmyer repeated her victories of a year ago in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters as did Amy Villarini of Hamburg in the 200.

Hurdler Jack Zagrobelny and distance runners Kenny Vasbinder and Matt McLaughlin, who won on Friday, took firsts for East Aurora, which also won two relays.

Besides Wheatley, OP had firsts by its 4x100 relay and Matt Mercer in the steeplechase. Lancaster and Sweet Home had three individual winners each.

Mckenna Maycock of Randolph won three events while Hope Pietrocarlo of Maple Grove and Emilee Hanlon added to the medal haul they began on Friday on the girls side of the CCAA Track & Field Championships at Southwestern High in Jamestown.

Among the boys, Owen Barber of Allegany-Limestone won the 1,600 meters run (4:36.43) to go with two first places he recorded on Friday in the 800 (1:57.56) and 3,200 (10:01.27) while Josh Fischer of Falconer and Jovany Ruiz of Fredonia were double winners.

Maycock, a senior, won the 400 (58.45), 100 meter hurdles (16.09) and 400-meter hurdles (1:06.04) and took second in the long jump behind Aleeya Clemons of Olean, who won with a leap of 16-1.

Pietrocarlo, who won the 800 on Friday (2:20.97), won the 1,500 (4:49.36). Hanlon, a freshman, added the 100 (13.24) and 200 (27:36) to the high jump title (5-2) she took on Friday.

Ruiz won the 100 (11.75) and 400 hurdles (57.57) while Fischer took the 200 (23.46) and the 110 hurdles (15.35).