BEMUS POINT - The CCAA Division 3 baseball title was settled on Wednesday afternoon as Westfield downed Maple Grove, 7-5.
The Wolverines, who defeated Maple Grove in the first meeting, 3-1, scored four runs in the fourth inning to take the lead to stay.
The Wolverines are now 10-1 in the league and 13-1 overall while Maple Grove drops to 9-2 and 10-8.
Photo by Mark L. Anderson
Westfield’s Marcus Johnson executes a squeeze bunt during Wednesday’s?CCAA?Division 3 high school baseball game against Maple Grove.
Cam Wright had an RBI single in the fourth inning while the other runs were the result of two errors and wild pitch. In the fifth, Nolan Hunt singled in a run to extend the lead to 5-2.
Maple Grove had taken a 2-0 lead in the first on Jake Swan's two-run single that scored the doubling Will Lucas and the singling Colin Stack.
The Red Dragons scored twice in the home fifth to slice the deficit to 5-4 as Nolan Knipe and singled home a run and another crossed on a fielder's choice.
Westfield scored two runs in the sixth to make it 7-4 on two errors, and Maple Grove scored a run in the seventh on a wild pitch.
Hunt went the distance for Westfield, striking out six and walking two. Swan also went the distance for MG, tossing a six-hitter with seven strikeouts and a walk,
Dan Tofil had two hits for Westfield. Lucas stroked three hits, including two doubles. In the last two games, he has had six hits in seven at-bats. Stack added three hits.
Pine Valley 12, Forestville 10
SOUTH DAYTON - The Forestville Hornets (8-4, 10-6) gave the Pine Valley Panthers all they could handle Wednesday, but in the end, Pine Valley came out on top, 12-10, in CCAA Division 3 high school baseball.
The Panthers held a 12-7 lead after five innings, but the closest the Hornets could get was 12-10.
"Forestville showed up to play hard today," Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek said. "I think it's always interesting after a team plays two days in a row and the third game in three days it shows how much better of a hitter you are. There was a lot of good hits and a lot scoring. Everyone is so used to seeing pitchers at this point, it's easier to get hits. Both teams hit."
The Panthers' offense was led by Winfred Nelson's three hits with a double and two runs and Lucas Trombley's two hits with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Jake Wilcox contributed in the win with two hits including a double and two runs while Shayne Matteson was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
The Hornets were led by John Murphy's two doubles and a single, five RBIs and one run while Adam Pleva had two doubles and an RBI in defeat. Cody Jackson had a double and single with two runs scored and Jeff VanVlack had two hits with an RBI in a losing effort.
Chautauqua Lake 6
MAYVILLE - The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds could not solve Panama's Kyle McIntyre in an 11-6 defeat to the Panthers on Wednesday in CCAA Division 3 high school baseball.
McIntyre pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts.
Alec Blose led the Panthers on offense with three hits, including a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break open a close 8-6 game. Sawyer Eggleston and Kelvin Eddy each had two hits in the win.
For Chautauqua Lake, Tyler Furlow had three hits, including two doubles for two RBIs. Ian Clute also ripped three hits while Avery Webb collected two singles.
Ripley 5, Brocton 3
BROCTON - Logan Miller held the Brocton bats in check long enough and Ripley (7-4) scored five runs over the final two innings Wednesday to upend the Bulldogs (8-7, 8-4), 5-3, during CCAA Division 4 baseball action.
"He kept us off balance," Brocton head coach Terry Presto said of Miller, who allowed three runs on five hits while striking out six and walking nine. "We didn't hit. We didn't hit the ball like we hit the ball (Tuesday). I think we're going after too many bad pitches."
Down 2-0 heading into the top of the sixth, the Eagles' bats came alive. Miller led off with a double, moved to third on a single by Trevor Enterline and scored on a single by Bryce Rowe. Mike Lisek then gave Ripley the lead for good with a two-run single.
Ripley added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh as Miller had an RBI triple to score Eric Horstman, before he scored the Eagles' fifth run on an error.
"We've got to get back to the drawing board," Presto said. "We're a much better team than how we played (Wednesday)."
The Bulldogs scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. Scot Laurie had an RBI single in the fourth while Jordan Patterson, who led off the fifth with a double, scored on a passed ball. Brocton's run in the seventh came on a Taylor Appel sacrifice fly.
Macalum Buchanan allowed all five Ripley runs on seven hits over six innings of work for Brocton. He struck out eight and walked three. Jayvee callup Ryan Johnson pitched the seventh and struck out the side.
"He's a freshman," Presto noted of Johnson. "And he pitched really well. I brought him up for the playoffs."
Brocton will be back in action today when they host Silver Creek in a non-league contest.
North Collins 13, West Valley 4
NORTH COLLINS - Jared Keppel hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first and North Collins (10-7, 9-3) never looked back en route to a 13-4 win over CCAA Division 4 foe West Valley.
The Eagles added five more runs in the bottom of the fifth as Jaden Keough and Jake Jasinski highlighted the inning with two-run singles.
"We started out really sluggish," North Collins' head coach Paul Kellner said. "We had five strikeouts in the first two innings, then we started to put the ball in play a little bit more. We got progressively better as the game went on."
Keppel finished with three hits and four RBIs while Kyle Loretto chipped in a pair of hits, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. Winning pitcher Austin Winter, who came on to relieve Keppel with one out in the second, pitched the final 5-2/3 innings and allowed a run on five hits while striking out one and walking just one.
"He pitched fantastic," Kellner said of Winter. "He only walked one kid. He puts the ball over the plate and he puts the ball in play and lets the defense make plays for us. He's getting better as he goes along."
The win wrapped up the Eagles' CCAA Division 4 schedule and guaranteed them no less than a second-place finish. Clymer is currently in first place.
Lake Shore 2-15,
ANGOLA - Despite splitting its an ECIC Division 3 double-header with Maryvale (2-12) on Wednesday, Lake Shore (12-5, 10-3) was able to sew up its second divisional title in three years and just its sixth in the last 65.
After falling in the first game, 4-2, the Eagles' bats came alive in the night cap as they scored 12 runs on nine hits off Maryvale starter Frank Woody en route to a 15-2 five-inning win. The game was called after the fifth inning due to darkness.
"I think they started to feel fresher," Lake Shore head coach Bob Kowal said. "We've caught a lot of breaks over the course of the season and (the breaks) didn't come the last couple of games and we panicked. (The win) was just the medicine we needed."
Billy Pinter was the hitting star for the Eagles as he stroked four hits, including a three-run home run in the bottom of the third, and finished with five RBIs.
We've struggled this past week. We played Monday and one inning on Wednesday before being rained out," Kowal said. "But finally, in the second game, we came out with the big guns blazing."
Tyler Mascio finished with a pair of hits and four RBIs in the win to back winning pitcher Ryan Joslyn, who threw all five innings and allowed two runs - one earned - on five hits while striking out two and walking two.
"We played two bad teams and had a total of five hits in two games," Kowal noted of his team's loss Tuesday to Pioneer and Wednesday to Maryvale. "So it was hard to stay positive, but you just had the feeling that something good was going to happen."
Down 2-0, the Flyers tied the Eagles in the fourth inning and took the lead in the fifth as Tyler Graham had an RBI single for the lead while Eric Krysum drove home a run with a sacrifice fly.
Tyler Freeman suffered the loss as he allowed two runs on two hits while striking out one and walking one over 1-1/3 innings of relief work. Matt Brzozowiec started on the hill for the Eagles and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out two and walking three over the games first 3-1/3 innings.