OBSERVER Staff Report
HAMBURG - The Fredonia Hillbillies (5-0, 11-0) continued their season-opening undefeated run with a four-run seventh inning to down the Hamburg Bulldogs, 11-7, Saturday in non-league high school baseball action.
Fredonia wiped out an early 5-0 deficit with a five-run third inning. Noah Voss reached on a lead-off walk and a single by Nick Hart put two men on base. Zach Buckley knocked home Noah Voss and Hart with a two-run double. Then, Cam Voss and Jude Gardner walked and loaded the bases for Trent Thompson, who cleared them with a double.
"Trent had a huge hit for us (Saturday)," Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said.
The Hillbillies were down 7-6 in the top of the sixth when a Weston Ley sacrifice fly scored Hart to tie the game.
Thompson opened the top half of the seventh by reaching on an error. Cody Smith reached first base via a bunt single while Matt Sheridan did the same to load the bases.
Matt Coyle broke the tie by scoring Thompson on a fielder's choice while Hart and Noah Voss each added run-scoring singles.
"We hit the ball pretty well," Gullo said. "We worked on a few things during the game. This is our third game this year that we've won in the seventh inning, so it's good to know the guys are still swinging and getting at-bats late in the game."
Gardner started the game on the mound for Fredonia and was pulled after allowing five runs in an inning of work. Noah Voss and Smith each allowed a run in two-inning relief stints while Chris Saden closed the game with two hitless innings.
"I'm really happy for Noah, Cody and Chris being on the mound and they haven't thrown in a while," Gullo said.
Thompson led the Fredonia offense with four RBIs while Hart and Buckley had three hits each. Cam Voss added a double.
The Hillbillies return to CCAA Division 1 play in Olean Monday.
"Trent's going to be on the mound for us," Gullo said. "They're a strong team and I hope we get off the bus ready to play."
Eden 13, North Collins 5
NORTH COLLINS - The Eden Bulldogs took advantage of five walks to plate eight runs in the first inning and down the North Collins Eagles (5-4), 13-5, Saturday in non-league high school baseball action.
Eden shelled North Collins starter Jordan Keough and forced Eagles coach Paul Kellner to remove him after less than an inning of work. Austin Winter came on in relief and struck out three Eagles in five and one-third innings of work.
"It's a non-league game, so we were both throwing our kitchen sink out there, really," Kellner said. "I'm proud of the way we came back. We could have just laid down. I'm glad we held in there, considering we didn't have much pitching left after the week."
James Ruebeck led the Eden offensive effort with three hits and a trio of RBI while David Baskerville had three hits and two RBI. Matt Bialy added two doubles and two RBI.
Jaden Keough had an RBI triple to lead the North Collins offense.
The Eagles return to CCAA Division 4 action Monday when they host Forestville.