GOWANDA - Freshmen Shane DeLeo and Matt Kruszka combined to throw a no-hitter in leading the Gowanda Panthers to a 4-0 victory over the Eden Raiders on Thursday in non-league high school baseball action.
The no-hit effort of the two youngsters highlighted a double-header sweep for the Panthers as they defeated the Raiders, 3-2, in the opening game.
DeLeo and Kruszka combined to strike out six Eden batters and did not issue a walk. The only blemish for Gowanda was an error in the fifth inning.
"There was not much to it," Gowanda coach Tim Smith said. "They were throwing fastballs. They placed them pretty well - inside and out. They were going with decent changeups with the occasional breaking ball. They had command of their pitches.
"Typically, this early on, pitching should be able to have advantage over hitters who don't have their timing down," Smith continued. "Our pitchers took advantage of that. I was very happy to see the two younger guys get on the mound and they went after it."
The Panthers scored one run in the third inning as John McCarthy belted a single to score Joe Kruszka.
In the sixth, Gowanda added three more as Ryan Boutelle belted an RBI single and Walker Cygan had a hit to score Boutelle and Dailey.
McCarthy and Cygan each went 2 for 3 in the win.
In the opening game of the doubleheader, Cygan pitched four innings of no-hit ball to aid the 3-2 win. He struck out three and walked two.
The Panthers scored a run in the second inning as Cygan reached on an error and scored on a hit by Daley.
In the sixth inning, Gowanda added two more runs as Boutelle singled and Chase Williams reached on error. Matt Kruszka followed with an RBI single to score Boutelle and Williams.
The Raiders scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning, but could not tie the game.
Gowanda returns to action today when it travels to Silver Creek at 1 p.m.
Silver Creek 5,
SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Black Knights scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to down the Brocton Bulldogs, 5-4, in non-league high school baseball action Thursday, the season opener for both teams.
Silver Creek trailed, 4-2, heading into the bottom half of the seventh. Josh Pfluger and Anthony Morales hit singles while Brad Rybak reached on a fielder's choice. Brocton walked Nick Iskra and Tony Strong to tie the game at 4-all, then Zach Klisiewicz knocked home Rybak to win the game.
"I was very pleased with the effort and the enthusiasm that my team had in the seventh inning and hope we can stretch it into many more games," Silver Creek coach Mike Janisch said.
Klisiewicz also opened the game's scoring with an RBI single that brought home Rybak in the first. A Tim Manning sacrifice fly scored Klisiewicz in the fourth.
Brocton rallied back with three runs in the sixth, after Latham Dunn was hit by a pitch while Dan Ferguson and Anthony Miller were walked to load the bases. Connor Dolce hit a two-RBI single and alton Remington scored on a fielder's choice.
The Bulldogs added what appeared to be the insurance run in the seventh when an infield error scored Jordan Patterson.
Klisiewicz went 3 for 4 to lead the Black Knight offense. Pitcher Adam Klajbor struck out eight and walked three.
Dolce went 2 for 2 with a pair of RBI to lead Brocton.
Silver Creek returns to action against Gowanda today while Brocton battles Pine Valley on Monday.
West Valley 7,
FORESTVILLE - Fielding struggles doomed the Forestville Hornets in a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the West Valley Wildcats on Thursday in non-league baseball action.
"The first day outside, we had six errors which proved costly," Forestville coach Jack Frost said. "We didn't put the ball in play enough."
West Valley opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first, as Mike Grigsby scored on a sacrifice fly and Cole Stanbro brought in another tally on an RBI double.
The Hornets answered back in the bottom half of the inning. John Murphy and Adam Pleva led off the home half with walks. Murphy scored via a wild pitch while an RBI double brought in Pleva.
The Wildcats scored four runs in the fifth, as a Grigsby double and a pair of Forestville errors loaded the bases. Collin Proctor brought a run home on an RBI single and Keegan Kittle scored off a dropped fly ball. Peter Gabel brought in a run via sacrifice fly.
Once again, Forestville answered back in the bottom of the inning as Murphy walked and stole second. That put him into position to score off a Pleva single. Pleva stole second then scored on a Cody Jackson single.
West Valley got an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Jackson singled to bring in Murphy in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough in defeat.