Dunkirk, Gowanda pick up late-game victories

FREWSBURG — A three-run sixth inning paved the way as the Dunkirk Marauders (4-3, 1-0) held on to defeat non-league opponent the Frewsburg Bears, 6-5, Monday afternoon.

Jason Marin led off the sixth inning with an infield single. Koty Leeper hit a fielder’s choice, which was thrown away by the second baseman and allowed Felix Garcia to score, who ran for Marin. Philip Messina followed with another infield single and Leeper went to third on a passed ball. That set the stage for Jaime Pagan to lay down a suicide squeeze scoring Leeper and Evon Hernandez plated the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Frewsburg made a comeback with two runs in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough. Cordell O’Brien led off the frame with a double. Trent Gray had a run-producing single and Jim Wright a single, but Gray was thrown out stealing by Messina for the second out of the inning and the Marauders held on from there.

Devaun Farnham-DeJesus had two of Dunkirk’s five hits while O’Brien and Gray belted out two hits each in the six-hit Frewsburg attack.

Zach Romanik was the winning pitcher and Jake Peterson took the loss for Frewsburg (2-1).

“The star of the game for us was Zach Romanik, who pitched six innings in his first varsity start,” Dunkirk coach Frank Jagoda said. “He kept them off balance and three of Frewsburg’s hits were swinging bunts. He really kept his composure and he got outs when he needed to. We had five errors so there were plenty of opportunities for both teams to deliver big blows.”

Farnham-DeJesus finished off the game in relief and had two hits on offense.

Dunkirk is scheduled to host Falconer Wednesday.

Gowanda 4, North Collins 3

GOWANDA — The Gowanda Panthers (3-3) used a three-run fifth inning to take the lead and eventually held on for a 4-3 victory Monday over the North Collins Eagles in non-league baseball action.

Jacob Quiter picked up the win in relief, pitching one inning, striking out one and walking one while allowing a run.

Dylon Mercado took the loss in one inning of work.

The Panthers started the pivotal fifth with a walk, followed by a double by Quiter that put runners at second and third. A hit batter loaded the bases and Matt Kruszka followed by drawing a walk for the first run of the inning. The following batter ground into a double play, scoring another run, then Andrew Kruszka finished the scoring with an RBI single.

Brandon Zielinski led the Eagles offense with a triple and a run scored while also shutting down the Panthers offense on the mound for the first four innings.

With a 4-3 lead entering the seventh inning, Matt Kruszka came in and earned the save by striking out the side.

Gowanda is back in action Friday when it hosts Allegany-Limestone to kick off league play.