Road warriors

Eagles, ‘Billies travel for baseball wins

Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Hewes beats a throw to first base as Westfield first baseman Aaron Fuller stretches out for the catch in Thursday’s Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 baseball game. OBSERVER Photo by Ashleigh Brown

WESTFIELD — Michael Jauss became the first eighth-grader in Chautauqua Lake baseball program history to throw a complete game and secured a 5-2 win over Westfield in his first varsity start on Thursday in Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 action.

Jauss gave up just three hits, walked three and struck out eight.

Chautauqua Lake provided all the run support it needed in the top of the first when it scored three runs. Greyson Wellman scored on a sacrifice fly by Nolan Olson for the first run, then Cayden Blackman plated both Devin Hewes and Nate Henry to go up 3-0.

Westfield responded in the bottom of the first when Joel Stein was knocked home by Danny Bratton on an RBI groundout.

The Wolverines would not score again until Aaron Fuller hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Chautauqua Lake’s Connor Nowicki steps into a throw to first. OBSERVER Photo by Ashleigh Brown

Chautauqua Lake (2-2, 2-0) added insurance runs in the fifth inning when Olson hit an RBI single to score Hewes and Clayton Smith hit a sacrifice fly to score Henry who reached base for third time via walk.

Stein pitched the first five innings for Westfield (0-2, 0-2) in which he walked six and struck out five. Trent Ramm finished the final two innings for the Wolverines and struck out three while walking three.


ARCADE — Down 5-0 early, Fredonia rallied to down Pioneer 13-11 in a nonleague game at Arcade Park.

“We had chances early and weren’t able to capitalize,” ‘Billies’ coach Tim Cowan said. “It was a great team effort. We had seven different players score runs, we had four different pitchers all contribute, and without any one of them we wouldn’t have been able to complete the comeback. As a coach, that’s a good feeling on the bus ride home when everybody has a hand in it.”

Owen Rush provided the insurance runs, belting a mammoth two-run home run to center field in the seventh inning to push Fredonia’s lead to 13-10. He finished with two hits.

Also contributing offensively were Ashton Putney with two doubles and a run scored; Matt Cowan with two hits and two runs scored; Brady Helmer with a base hit, two sacrifice flies and three RBIs; Nathan Sercu with three runs scored; and Andrew Cowan, Colin Luce and Colin Crowell with two runs scored each..

Sercu was the winning pitcher, working one inning. Putney earned the save after going 12/3 innings and striking out three.

Fredonia returns to action at noon Saturday when it travels to Grand Island.


GOWANDA — Blake Herman and Brayden Smith combined on a three-hitter and Gowanda upended Ellicottville 5-1 in a Division 3 game.

Herman worked six innings, allowed three hits, struck out 12, walked one and was the beneficiary of a four-run second inning. Highlighting that rally were a sacrifice fly by Carter Capozzi and a two-run single by Seth Geiger, who finished with two hits.

Smith retired the side in order in the seventh, two via strikeout.

The win improved the Panthers’ record to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the division.

Hunter Smith had two hits for Ellicottville (2-2, 1-2).


WILLIAMSVILLE — Behind a complete game from Ben Quagliana, Williamsville North shut out Jamestown 5-0 in an Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 game.

Quagliana scattered five hits — two by Dom Weber — struck out seven and walked two.

Caleb Piazza pitched the first five innings for the Red & Green, striking out three and walking two. Kyle Falkowski worked the final inning.

Piazza, Blake Smith Jr. and Alex Alvira all added one hit for Jamestown (0-3, 1-5), which is back in action at 11 a.m. Saturday when it entertains Lancaster.


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