BROCTON - The Brocton Bulldogs (4-2, 5-4) used a complete-game effort from pitcher Scot Laurie and some early runs to defeat the Clymer Pirates, 6-3, in CCAA Division 4 high school baseball action Monday.
Laurie struck out 12 batters and walked two in seven innings of work. He also helped his own cause by going 2 for 3 at the plate.
After Clymer scored with an unearned run in the first inning, a two-run triple by Dan Ferguson in the bottom half of the inning gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage.
OBSERVER?Photo by Roger Coda
Clymer’s Jake Wiggers slides safely into third base as Brocton’s Latham?Dunn leaps to make a catch during Monday’s CCAA?Division 4 high school baseball game.
Brocton used five back-to-back hits to plate four runs in the bottom of the second. Laurie singled and stole second while Daulton Remington knocked a single to score him. Remington scored on a Jordan Patterson single while Ferguson added a single of his own. Latham Dunn knocked home Patterson on a single and Tayler Appel did the same for Ferguson to give the Bulldogs a 6-1 lead after two innings of play.
"We got on the board early," Brocton coach Terry Presto said. "It was timely hitting in both the first and second innings with those guys on."
The Pirates tried to chip away at the Bulldog lead in the fourth and fifth innings. Andrew Heil knocked Austin Kramer home with a single to bring the game within four runs while a Dan Lictus fielder's choice groundout brought home Jake Wiggers in the fifth.
"Our defense was playing well," Presto said. "They tried to take some extra bases and we responded by throwing a guy out at the plate. We threw to our shortstop and one of their guys was trying to score from second and we tagged him. We had some heads-up ball-playing."
Ferguson paced Brocton's bats with a 2 for 4 afternoon in which he recorded a triple and two RBI. Dunn went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Kramer took the loss on the hill for Clymer after he struck out five in four innings of work. Austin Crosby came on in relief and struck out four in two innings of work. Wiggers went 2 for 4 at the plate and Heil went 2 for 2.
Brocton plays Sherman today in a make-up game while Clymer plays North Collins on Wednesday.
Ripley 6, West Valley 3
RIPLEY - Trevor Enterline earned both the win and the save as the Ripley Eagles (3-2, 3-3) defeated the West Valley Wildcats (4-3), 6-3, in CCAA Division 4 high school baseball action Monday.
Enterline threw the first five-plus innings before he was relieved by Logan Miller in the sixth, who recorded all three outs. Enterline came back into the game to close it out in the seventh. He struck out 12 Wildcats and surrendered five hits in six-plus innings of work.
Ripley scored all six runs in the first inning after three singles, a double and the first two of West Valley's 13 errors. However, the Wildcats managed to cut the lead down to three with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings which allowed Enterline to return in a save situation.
"They actually settled down and we had runners in scoring position three of the next five innings," Ripley coach Ken Rowe said. "They kept us from scoring. Trevor kept throwing strikes and we were able to keep them from doing too much damage."
Bryce Rowe went 2 for 3 while Eric Horstman went 2 for 4 at the plate to lead the Eagles.
Cole Stanbro earned the loss for West Valley despite a complete-game effort in which he struck out five and surrendered three walks. Mike Grigsby went 2 for 3 in a losing effort for the Wildcats.
Ripley travels to Ellicottville Thursday.
North Collins 19, Forestville 4
NORTH COLLINS - The North Collins Eagles (5-1, 6-4) scored 10 runs in the third inning en route to a 19-4 victory over the Forestville Hornets in non-league high school baseball action Monday.
Jared Keppel hit a grand slam off Forestville reliever Jeff VanVlack in the frame. The Eagles poured on another six runs in the fourth, half of them from a Zach Pulinski three-run triple.
"We had the big inning in the third," North Collins coach Paul Kellner said. "We were benefactors. They set the table for (Keppel) and he delivered, really broke it open."
Brandon Zielinski started the game for the Eagles and struck out one in three innings of work.
Jake Nosbisch started for the Hornets and allowed one run in two innings of work. He also hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth.
"We seemed to loosen up a bit," Kellner said. "We played our first error-free baseball of the season."
North Collins travels to Clymer Wednesday while Forestville hosts Pine Valley today.