Panthers, ‘Billies post Saturday baseball wins

OBSERVER Staff Reports

GOWANDA — Madden Lay doubled twice and drove in five runs to power Gowanda past Ellicottville 18-2 in five innings of Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 3 baseball Saturday morning.

Carter Capozzi earned the win on the mound, allowing three hits and two unearned runs while striking out seven and walking one. He also helped himself at the plate with two hits, including a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Logan Ruff had two hits and two runs scored, while Seth Geiger had two hits, including a double, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Panthers (5-1, 4-0), who scored 10 runs in the first inning.

Cameron Mendell, Emmett Jacobson-Coolidge and Caleb Hurley each singled for the Eagles (2-3, 1-3).



GRAND ISLAND — Fredonia traveled to Grand Island to battle the Class A Vikings as well as bitter cold temperatures which included snow flurries in the first and seventh innings and the Hillbillies prevailed 12-7.

The visitors struck first for four runs in the opening frame, a lead they would see challenged multiple times but never relinquish. Following an Ashton Putney walk, Owen Rush blasted a two-run home run over the right field fence. Nathan Sercu (single) and Colin Luce (walk) reached base with two outs and later scored on an infield error.

Starting pitcher Matt Cowan earned the win, throwing four innings, scattering three hits, striking out six and allowing only twp earned runs. Sercu threw the final three innings for the save, striking out four and also allowing only three hits.

Fredonia stretched its lead to 5-1 in the inning when Rush hit a ground-rule double to score AJ Kinney (walk).

Grand Island closed the lead to 5-4 in the fifth and the score remained the same into the final inning, thanks to great defense from the Hillbillies, including a spectacular catch from Luca Gullo while crashing into the left field wall. In the seventh, Fredonia broke the game open with a seven-run outburst. Highlights in the inning included RBI singles from Sercu and Luce, a bases-loaded walk from Brady Helmer, and a Kinney two-run double.

Fredonia returns to CCAA divisional action on Tuesday, as it hosts Salamanca.


CLYMER — Tate Catanese tossed a complete-game five-hitter and helped his own cause with a triple and an RBI to lead Clymer/Sherman/Panama to a 6-1 victory over Chautauqua Lake in a Division 2 game.

The win improved the Wolfpack’s record to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the division, while the Eagles fell to 2-3 and 2-1.

Carson White collected two hits, including a double, and drove in a run, while Andrew Spiesman and Kayden Beckerink both added two-baggers for the winners.

Greyson Wellman had two of Chautauqua Lake’s five hits.


FALCONER — Cole Urbanski tossed a five-inning no-hitter to spark Salamanca to an 11-0 victory over Falconer in a Division 1 game at Denny Meszaros Field.

Urbanski struck out five, walked one and hit two batters as the Warriors improved to 7-2 overall and 2-2 in the division. He threw 43 of his 65 pitches for strikes.

Despite temperatures in the low 40s and winds gusting up to 30 mph, Salamanca’s offense was hot from the start.

Salamanca batted through its lineup in the first inning and scored five runs on two hits and an error coupled with three walks. Ross and Urbanski each drove in a run in the frame.

The Warriors tacked on three runs in the third inning with junior Cory Holleran, senior Carmine Hoag and senior JT Auman each having an RBI single.

Salamanca scored three more runs in the top of the fourth inning to bring the 10-run mercy rule into play. Senior Jake Herrick, Urbanski, junior Kruz Coustenis and senior Cam McGraw all had hits.


Brady Majchrowicz and Ben Swenson combined on a five-hitter and Mike Schaefer belted a pair of two-run home runs to send Lancaster to a 13-1 six-inning victory over Jamestown at Martin Road Sports Complex.

Chase Bonta’s RBI double scored Dom Weber with the Red & Green’s lone run in the first inning. Weber, Blake Smith Jr., Antonie Rodriguez and Alex Alivra all had a single for Jamestown (1-6, 0-4).

Jamestown travels to Lancaster today.


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