It wasn't pretty, but the Dunkirk Marauders picked up their first win of the season Monday with an 18-16 decision over North Collins in non-league high school baseball.
The Marauders' offense had just six hits, but benefited from 14 walks and four hit by pitches.
Dunkirk starting pitcher Randy Cooper had a strong showing as he allowed just one hit in three innings of work to help the home team build a 3-1 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Eagles tied the score thanks to base hits from Kyle Loretto and Jake Jasinski and a two-run hit by David Lynch.
The Marauders responded with nine runs in the fourth inning. Nick Thompson, Zach Crandall, Sam Pepe, Cooper and Tyreek Ruiz were each credited with a RBI in the frame.
North Collins responded in the fifth with nine runs of its own to tie the score once again.
Joey English, David Fera and Brandon Zielinski each had two hits in that inning while Harley Mehnert doubled.
In the sixth inning, Dunkirk's Gianni DeJesus pitched and did not allow a run and fanned two batters. He was credited with the win.
The Marauders scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Crandall highlighted the inning with a two-run double. Juliam Fred had a RBI while Ed Carreras had a RBI single. DeJesus and Ruiz each had a RBI sacrifice fly.
"It's nice to get a win," Dunkirk coach Frank Jagoda said. There were lots of different ways to score. They just ran out of chances. We made them put the ball in play. Now we have to field it. We didn't give up a lot of walks, but didn't field as well as we could either."
The Marauders now have three league games this week as they travel to Frewsburg on Wednesday, before going to Falconer on Thursday. They then host Maple Grove on Friday.
CCAA East II
Pine Valley 12, Franklinville 2
SOUTH DAYTON - The Pine Valley Panthers (4-1, 4-0) used a four-run second inning to jump ahead of the Franklinville Panthers (3-3, 2-3) and added five more in the third en route to a 12-2 victory.
Alex Kelly earned his first varsity win on the mound, going four innings and allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight and walking three.
"(Alex) Kelly really battled," Buczek said. "Both of their runs came from first at-bat walks. He was getting ahead of batters all day and the defense was in full support."
Talon Snyder and Thomas Raiport each went 2-for-3 in the win. Snyder also scored two runs and had a RBI while Raiport finished with a double and a run scored.
Kevin Bingham took the loss, throwing all six innings and allowing 13 hits while striking out six and walking five.
Pine Valley is set to host Westfield on Wednesday