Dunkirk picks up southern split; Brocton tops Gowanda, 12-8
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Dunkirk Marauders baseball team finished off their annual Myrtle Beach trip with a 2-1 victory Friday over fellow Chautauqua County opponent the Jamestown Red Raiders.
Tyreek Buchanan-Ruiz picked up the complete game victory, striking out eight, walking two and allowing four hits while only throwing 80 pitches.
Bryce Jackson took the loss for the Red Raiders.
Eighth grader Philip Messina scored the eventual winning run in the fourth inning following his single and a stolen base. While standing on third base, a foul ball to the third baseman, who went on to stumble to the ground after the out, allowed Messina to score the run through some heads up baserunning.
Jamie Pagan had two hits in the win with a run scored. Devaun Farnham-DeJesus had two hits in the win, plus an RBI.
“It’s worth the trip for many reasons,” Dunkirk coach Frank Jagoda said of the trip. “The kids get together and the camaraderie factor. They learn about each other, get the new guys involved and all hang out. We went to a Coastal Carolina college baseball game and a Myrtle Beach Pelicans game. When we weren’t playing baseball we were watching baseball and they all talked baseball while the games were going on.”
Falls Church 7, Dunkirk 2
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — On Thursday, the Dunkirk Marauders fell to Falls Church Virginia, 7-2, in its penultimate game of the trip.
Devaun Farnham-DeJesus took the loss while pitching four innings, striking out two, walking four and allowing three earned runs on four hits.
Seth Rasmus, Elwin Gomez and Jan Luis Gutierrez finished the game on the mound for Dunkirk.
Tim Sedmak got the win for Falls Church.
AJ Moralez led the Dunkirk offense with a two-run single in the third inning.
“We played a lot of baseball,” Jagoda added. “Also, a lot of guys got some of the pitching experience that will help them this year (with the new pitching rule). At least eight kids got to pitch. I was happy with the way the team bounced back Friday after a tough loss Thursday and a lot of travel all week.”
Brocton 12, Gowanda 8
GOWANDA — Behind the bats of Jordan Krystofiak and Ronald Brown, the Brocton Bulldogs (6-1) defeated the Gowanda (2-3), 12-8, in a sunny-turned-rainy Saturday morning ball game in non-league high school play.
Brocton struck first by putting two on the board in the top of the first. Gowanda’s offense answered right back by scoring a run in the bottom half then two more to take the lead of 3-2 at the end of two innings. From there, it looked to be Brocton baseball all the way.
In the middle innings, the Bulldogs put up big numbers as they scored four, three and three in the three through five innings. Gowanda only scored one run in the fourth to match. Going into the bottom of the seventh, the rain started to come down and it seemed to be all but over for the Panthers.
With the score at 12-4, Gowanda began to rally. Through the wet playing field, the Panthers scored four, but were unable to finish the comeback.
“It was a big win. Some kids are out of position” because of spring break. “It started to rain deep into the seventh and Gowanda almost came back,” Brocton coach Rob Fetterick said. “These kids are so young and minded, but they play with such big hearts. It’s a good team win all around.”
Krystofiak went 3 for 5 as he scored three runs and hit a double. Brown was 3 for 4 with three runs scored as well. Derek Brown and Johnethen Spicer hit a double apiece.
For Gowanda, Matt Kruszka went 3 for 5, while Cayleb Davis went 2 for 3 with a double.
Brocton will host Clymer on Wednesday, while Gowanda will host North Collins on Monday.