CLYMER - Maple Grove and Clymer opened their 2010 season with a terrific pitching duel on Thursday as the host Pirates' Dan Wiggers and the Red Dragons' Jordan Saxton surrendered just five hits between them.
In the end, Maple Grove broke open a 1-1 tie with an unearned run in the fifth and added another in the seventh to earn a 3-1 win in Division 3 baseball action to give its new coach, Jordan Rambacher, his first-career victory,
Saxton went the distance for the Red Dragons (1-0), allowing just three hits while striking out 10 with six walks, to get the win
Clymer pitcher Dan Wiggers, was equally as solid, giving up two hits, to Maple Grove's John Nickerson and Aaron Germain, while collecting 12 strikouts and three walks over his seven innings of work.
For the Pirates, Matt DeStevens had a double and Wiggers had the only RBI.
PANTHERS WIN WITH BIG INNING
RIPLEY-A see-saw battle through six innings gave way to a one-sided slugfest in the seventh as Panama knocked off Ripley, 23-13.
Thursday's game marked the return for baseball at Ripley Cetnral School after taking a year off to build a new field, and the Eagles didn't disappoint. They were up 12-10 heading into the final inning, but the Panther bats broke the game wide open.
''It was a very good back and forth game until the last inning,'' Ripley coach Ken Rowe said. ''I'm disappointed in the last inning, but it was a very good game.''
Kyle McIntyre ripped two doubles and a single for Panama and Nathan Gleason doubled and singled. Picking up the win on the mound was Jake Brostrom.
For Ripley, Jake Horstman took the loss, going six innings and striking out five. At the plate, Horstman doubled and drove in two runs.
Shaffer Eimers also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
POTTER PACES EAGLES
FORESTVILLE - Ellicottville improved to 2-0 in Division 3 scoring four runs in the second and fifth innings, posting an easy 11-5 win over host Forestville (0-1) in a game shortened by injuries.
Brandon Potter had a big day at the plate and on the mound, slamming two doubles and two singles with four RBIs and tossing five solid innings with four strikeouts and six walks.
Will Green added four hits for the Eagles, including a double and four RBIs and Mike Crowley came through with two hits and two RBIs.
For the Hornets, Dakota Griewsch drilled a two-run homer and Mike Franklin got the loss with five strikeouts and six walks over five innings.