The main aim of the contest between Fredonia and Frewsburg, played under the lights at Diethrick Park on Friday night, was to help raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization whose purpose is to "honor and empower" injured servicemen.
In that endeavour, both teams were successful.
"I think it was definitely a very successful night," Frewsburg coach Jay Grann said. "The camouflage uniforms were a big hit with the kids and everybody had a good time."
Frewsburg’s Bryce Peterson steals second base in the first inning of Friday night’s non-league baseball game against Fredonia at Diethrick Park. Awaiting the throw is Hillbillies’ second baseman Weston Ley. Proceeds from the game benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
Things didn't go so well for the Bears, however, once the game got underway.
Fredonia, currently the top-ranked team for Class B in the state, bounced back from an earlier loss that evening to Jamestown when it slammed 15 hits and scored in every inning on the way to an 18-3 drubbing of Frewsburg.
With the victory, the Hillbillies finish the year with an 18-2 overall mark. Frewsburg, meanwhile, finishes with an overall record of 11-8.
Jude Gardner held the Bears' hitters in check over six innings. The right-hander surrendered just three runs (two in the first inning), seven hits and one walk to earn the victory.
Cam Voss came in on relief in the seventh and struck out the side to end the game.
The Hillbillies took a commanding lead from the start, plating four runs in the first. After Frewsburg answered with two runs of its own to cut the deficit to 4-2, Fredonia tallied another four in the second and then really broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning.
The winners scored one apiece in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh frames.
Weston Ley led the way for the Hillbillies' high-powered offense when he delivered a double, a triple and two RBIs. Trent Thompson added a 3-for-4 performance with a pair of runs driven in and Zach Buckley chipped in with two hits to go with two RBIs.
After notching two runs in the first, Frewsburg tallied its final run in the fourth inning.
Bryce Raymond lasted 3 innings, allowing 10 runs and eight walks.
At the plate, Trevor Spicer was 2-for-3 with an RBI while Raymond had two hits in two at-bats with an RBI.