On the prowl

CVCS thumps Panama, 14-1, in CCAA?West 2 action Tuesday

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Cassadaga Valley shortstop CJ Kubera makes a throw to first base during his team’s CCAA West 2 baseball game against Panama, on Tuesday, at Cassadaga Valley.

SINCLAIRVILLE — It was a dominant performance by the Cassadaga Valley Cougars (1-1) on Tuesday as they dropped the Panama Panthers (0-2), 14-1 in six innings of a CCAA West 2 high school baseball contest.

With a new league rule implemented this year, the game was called after the sixth inning as the 10-run rule was in effect.

Cassadaga Valley’s Connor Crabtree pitched a complete game, giving up one run, seven hits, one walk, while striking out 11.

“It was Crabtree’s first time out,” Cassadaga Valley coach Joe Mistretta noted. “He played a good game, and threw a lot of strikes. Three games in three days, so the complete game will help us moving forward.”

After the home team scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning, Panama tied the score in the top of the third as Lucas Golden walked and promptly stole second and third base. He then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 1-all.

The Cougars took control of the game in the third inning, scoring four runs. Crabtree and CJ Kubera had consecutive singles and Kaleb Hillman drew a walk to load the bases. Later in the inning, Tyler Keech singled to score two runs.

Cassadaga Valley continued to add to its lead in the fourth inning, plating two more runs before breaking it open in the fifth inning with a seven-run frame highlighted by Brandon Chamberlin’s three run triple.

“As the game went on, we got more aggressive and brought in our runners, which is encouraging,” Mistretta said. “Early in the game, we stranded too many runners.”

Crabtree also led the Cougars offense going 3 for 3 from the plate with a double, two singles, three runs and an RBI. Kubera and Keech both had multiple hits.

Panama was led by Dylan Marsh, Tony Frangione and Garrett Fransen who each had two singles. A great effort was given by Tristan Frye who was given the loss, pitching four innings, giving up seven runs, six hits, and five strikeouts.

Cassadaga Valley continues its league schedule at Sherman on Wednesday.

ECIC Division 2

Williamsville East 6, Lake Shore 5

ANGOLA — Lake Shore (2-3, 0-1) had the defending Section 6, Class A baseball champions on the ropes during their ECIC Division 2 opener on Tuesday, but could not pull off the comeback, as Williamsville East (3-1, 1-0) held on for a 6-5 win.

“Overall it was a very good game,” Lake Shore head coach Bob Kowal said. “We had our chances. We had the tying run at third with two outs and we didn’t score. But we’ll get better.”

Down 6-2 with one out in the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles scored three runs on a two-run double off the bat of Davis Glashauser and a run-scoring single by Nate Lockwood.

“We didn’t have a base runner for three innings, then we made a nice little rally in the fifth,” Kowal added.

Andrew McDonough got the Eagles on the board with an RBI on a safety squeeze in the second, before Aaron Freeman scored on an error to give Lake Shore an early 2-0 lead.

However, the Flames scored five in the top of the fifth of Lake Shore starter Eric Senior, who worked the first 4-1/3 innings and allowed four hits, struck out two, walked eight and hit a batter.

Bryce Toth finished the fifth and worked the sixth, allowing a run on a hit while striking out two and walking one, before giving way to Alex Buckley and Eric Reichen, who combined to finish the game.

“We had them, but we didn’t win,” Kowal said. “They made errors and we walked people.”

Winning pitcher Charlie Mack, who was an All-Western New York selection as a sophomore, earned the win after he tossed two innings in relief of starter Matt Geiger. Mack allowed a hit, struck out one and walked one while Geiger allowed two runs over the game’s first four innings. John Collura allowed the Eagles’ three runs in the fifth.

Lake Shore is back in action today when it travels to take on defending Class A-2 champion Iroquois.

“Not too many teams start their league seasons playing two defending Sectional champs,” Kowal concluded.

CCAA West 1

Silver Creek 6, Southwestern 5

LAKEWOOD — Winning pitcher Zach Rybak scored the eventual game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk to Chris Williams in the top of the seventh, as Silver Creek (5-1, 2-0) edged Southwestern (2-2, 1-2), 6-5, in CCAA West 1 action on Tuesday at Southwestern.

Rybak worked effectively into the later innings, before allowing the Trojans to plate four runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 5-all. Vinny Certo highlighted Southwestern’s frame with a two-run single while the other two runs scored on an error.

“Rybak threw a very good game until he tired in the late innings,” Silver Creek head coach Mike Janisch said. “He was ahead of most batters and he never seemed to give up two hits in a row. Also, our defense did a good job, except for a couple of spots.”

Rybak finished allowing five runs — three earned — on nine hits while striking out three and walking two over 6-2/3 innings of work.

The Black Knights opened the scoring in the top of the second on RBI doubles by Austin Myers and Tom Galfo, before Alex Bogosian and his brother Zak Bogosian scored on an error in the fourth that helped Silver Creek push its lead to 4-1. Then, in the fourth, Zak Bogosian plated Williams on a run-scoring single.

Southwestern scored its first run in the home half of the second on an RBI single off the bat of Certo. Losing pitcher Niko Pannes, who scored on the play, doubled to get the Trojans going.

Pannes allowed five runs on four hits while striking out two and walking two over the game’s first 2-2/3 innings.

Rybak finished with two hits in the win for the Black Knights while Certo (three RBIs), Pannes (double) and Cole Snyder all had two hits for the Trojans.

Silver Creek is back in action today, weather permitting, against Fredonia.

“Fredonia is a very good team and we will have to play our best game to have a chance,” Janisch said.


CLCS 5, Pine Valley 3

SOUTH DAYTON — Tyler Meredith went the distance Tuesday, limiting Pine Valley (0-3) to three runs on three hits while striking out 13 and walking just one as Chautauqua Lake (3-2) topped the Panthers, 5-3, in non-league baseball action at Pine Valley High School.

“Tyler was an absolute monster on the mound,” Chautauqua Lake head coach Brian Bongiovanni said. “He had full control of both of his pitches and he was able to throw them at any time in the count. He really showed a lot of leadership on the mound and we really needed that.”

“Meredith pitched an outstanding game,” Pine Valley head coach Chris Buczek added. “He kept us off balance with his fastball and his curveball, and behind his left arm, Chautauqua Lake really kept us under control.”

The Panthers were also done in by their pitchers issuing a combined eight walks, including two that came with the bases loaded in the Thunderbirds’ four-run top of the third. Meredith helped his own cause in the inning as well, as he delivered a two-run single between bases-loaded walks to Bryce Rowe and Joe Gustafson. Devin Pope singled in the inning as well.

“The third inning is really what did it to us,” Buczek said. “If we give them eight free bases, it’s going to be tough for us to win, especially when it’s a close game.”

Pine Valley scored single runs in the home halves of the first, fourth and sixth innings. In the first, Trent Mihalko reached on a two-out single and scored on an error off the bat of Austin Butcher. In the fourth, Nick Gage had a two-out RBI single to score Matt Hunt, while in the sixth, Stephen Crisanti scored Cory Ellis with an RBI fielder’s choice. Ellis led the inning off with a single, before moving to third on Mihalko’s second single of the afternoon.

The Thunderbirds’ final run came in the seventh after Meredith reached on a two-out walk, moved to second on an errant pick-off attempt and then scored after he stole third and the throw went into left field.

“It was just nice to see them battle,” Bongiovanni said. “They sacrificed for the team as a lot of them chose not to go on vacation. We’re really just trying to teach them baseball and it’s really starting to pay off. Baseball is a lot about sacrificing and they are really starting to buy into that.”

Butcher suffered the loss on the hill for Pine Valley, as he allowed four runs on two hits while striking out five and walking seven. Crisanti finished up and allowed a run on one hit while striking out eight and walking one.

Pine Valley is back in action on Thursday when it travels to take on CCAA East 2 foe Ellicottville while Chautauqua Lake is off until Friday when it visits Fredonia for a CCAA West 1 matchup.