Marauders win at St. Bonaventure

OBSERVER Staff Report

ST. BONAVENTURE — The Dunkirk Marauders used five pitchers, saw their leadoff hitter reach base five times without a hit and cleared the bases in a tied game in the sixth inning to take a three-run lead on Wednesday, all on the turf field of St. Bonaventure University. After it was all said and done, the Marauders came out on top of Allegany-Limestone, 12-7, in a non-league baseball game on Wednesday evening.

Jared Glowniak began the day on the mound for Dunkirk (5-1, 3-1), but it was his bat that proved to be the difference. After Glowniak and Peyton Ahlstrom allowed a combined seven runs to Allegany-Limestone (3-3), it was up to their bats to do the work to get the win for Dunkirk.

Glowniak cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the sixth inning to give Dunkirk the lead. It was a five-run sixth inning for the Marauders. Glowniak finished with four RBI on the day, while Peyton Ahlstrom had four hits and two RBI, including a double.

“It was a huge hit by Jared (Glowniak) clearing the bases,” said Dunkirk head coach Frank Jagoda.

Mike Norton added three hits for Dunkirk, while Tristan Skelly had an RBI triple and Lucas Porpiglia had an RBI double. Nick Zatorski also had a single and a pair of RBI. Dunkirk leadoff hitter Phil Messina didn’t get a chance to help the cause with his bat, but he did his damage anyway. Messina was walked four times and was hit by a pitch in his fifth time up in the order. He managed to steal three bases and score three runs.

Skelly earned the win in relief for Dunkirk after two shutout innings with only one hit and a pair of strikeouts. Zatorski started off the seventh inning for Dunkirk on the mound, while Porpiglia closed the game out, leaving a pair of runners stranded on base.

Dunkirk used five pitchers in the win, but only Glowniak is unavailable today because of pitch count. That’s very important for the Marauders, because Dunkirk plays two non-league games today. Dunkirk travels to Brocton at 11 a.m. today, then returns home to host Orchard Park at 4 p.m.