Mission accomplished: Fredonia wins another league title with victory over Knights

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Fredonia’s Lucas Voss fields a groundball during Fredonia’s CCAA West 1 baseball game against the Silver Creek Black Knights, in Silver Creek, on Monday.

SILVER CREEK — The Fredonia Hillbillies displayed a dominant performance over the Silver Creek Black Knights, beating the Knights, 11-3, in CCAA West 1 baseball on Monday to claim another division title. The first-place finish shows Fredonia’s consistency as this is their seventh title in the last eight years.

This was a continued game from earlier in the year that was postponed due to rain in the bottom of the third inning with Fredonia leading, 1-0.

Derrick Walters continued his great pitching Monday as he pitched four innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out seven.

“Derrick did a nice job on the mound today,” said Fredonia coach Vince Gullo. “He threw a lot of strikes and we made great plays behind him.” He also pitched two shutout innings prior to the game being suspended.

Fredonia added another run to their lead in the fourth inning. After Seth Schrader, Cole Tippens continued his great hitting with a single, advancing Schrader to third. Schrader eventually scored on a play highlighted by the Silver Creek infield turning a double play to perfection.

The Hillbillies (12-4, 10-2) threw a knockout punch in the fifth inning, adding nine runs to their lead with the help of Silver Creek mistakes.

Lucas Voss started off the inning with a single.

After an error, Ryan Mroczka and Drew Coniglio followed with singles. Reid Tarnowski put down a quality bunt to advance the runners. Later in the inning, Tippens, Voss and Vince Gullo III added singles to push up Fredonia’s lead. The Hillbillies ended the inning with six hits.

The Black Knights gave Fredonia several more at bats with five errors that inning along with three wild pitches. “We gave up too many outs,” Silver Creek coach Mike Janisch said. “You can’t give a quality team that many chances. We shot ourselves in the foot with poor defense today.”

Silver Creek (12-6, 8-4) tallied their first run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Zach Rybak started off the inning with a single. Later in the inning, Tom Galfo blasted a single into the outfield, bringing Rybak to third. Rybak later scored on a wild pitch. The Black Knights recorded two more runs in the seventh inning. After two walks and two wild pitches, Galfo hit an RBI single to score Austin Myers, giving the Knights their third and final run of the game. Janisch stated, “Tom did well at the plate. He had a couple nice hits.”

Alex Bogosian began the day for the Knights on the mound and pitched two innings, giving up 10 runs (five earned). Dylan Slaght entered for two innings in relief and shut down the Hillbillies, including three strikeouts.

Tippens and Voss both had two singles for Fredonia while Galfo was the only batter with multiple hits for Silver Creek.

“We were ready for today,” said Gullo. “We made solid contact with the ball and ran the bases well. We tried to score runs in different way and accomplished that.”

Fredonia traveled to Diethrick Park following the Silver Creek game for a tough, non-league game against Hamburg under the lights. According to Gullo, “(Monday was) a great tune up for an incredibly tough run in the playoffs.”

The results for the game against Hamburg will not be available until Wednesday.