Red Dragons Upend Thunderbirds, 12-7

Maple Grove’s Easton Tanner applies the tag on Chautauqua Lake’s Devin Pope as the latter attempts to steal second base during Monday’s Division 1 West baseball game. Looking on is the Red Dragons’ Ayden Reagle (17). P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

BEMUS POINT — Easton Tanner hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning that cemented a 12-7 victory over Chautauqua Lake in Division 1 West baseball action on Monday.

Tanner’s blast gave the Red Dragons a 12-4 lead and they hung on to raise their division record to 5-6.

Zak Trim doubled twice, Tyler McPherson and John Hairston each had two hits, and Daren Vaillancourt and Ayden Reagle connected for doubles in the win.

Vaillancourt went six innings for Maple Grove, striking out eight and permitting only one walk to pick up the victory.

Devin Pope hit three doubles, and Luke Gustafson and Jack Engdahl had two hits apiece in the loss.



LANCASTER — A nine-run fourth inning led to a 14-4 victory by first-place Lancaster over Jamestown (8-10, 3-9) in Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 action.

Jamestown came into the fourth inning with a 3-1 advantage, but Lancaster took control the rest of the way.

In that big inning, the Legends had five hits, including a three-run triple by Tom Bednarski.

Jamestown tallied three times in the third when Drew Boggs unloaded a three-run triple. The Red Raiders added a final run in the seventh on a single by Cory Falkowski. Pinch-runner Jonny Sandstrom scored on Bryce Jackson’s single.

The loss dropped Jamestown to 3-9 in the league and 8-10 overall.



OLEAN — Southwestern made a five-run fourth inning stand up for an 8-7 win over first-place Olean (10-1, 12-3) in non-league action.

The Trojans led, 8-2, entering the seventh inning and then had to hang on to move to 9-3 in the league and 11-3 overall.

A five-run fourth inning, led by Cole Snyder’s two-run single, highlighted the frame that enabled the Trojans to take a 6-2 lead. The Trojans added two important runs in the seventh inning when Nate Johnson, who singled, and Drew Wigren, who walked, scored on a wild pitch and an error to make the score 8-2.

Zach Parr smashed a two-run double in the seventh before Snyder was able to put down the Olean uprising. Dylan Vincent went 3-for-3 for the Huskies and Parr finished with two hits.

Luke Heil started for Southwestern and Snyder got the win in relief.



SILVER CREEK — Stephen Romanik hit an sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Silver Creek Black Knights defeated the Brocton Bulldogs, 4-3, in a non-league game, handing the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.

The big hit of the game came in the first inning. Romanik led off the inning with a double. Sam Mullen followed with a two-run home run that went just inside the left field foul pole. The ball cleared the fence by 15 feet and destroyed a windshield on a parked car.

“Sam has been a solid three hitter for the third year now,” said Silver Creek coach Mike Janisch. “We depend on him and he is consistent by coming through. This is the second home run that Sam has hit this year as he also had a home run in Southwestern.”

Spencer Harford received the win for Silver Creek (9-7, 6-6), pitching 3.2 scoreless innings, surrendering only one hit. Tom Galfo started and gave up two earned runs from one hit in 4.1 innings of work while striking out five.

Hunter Rizzo gave a great effort on the mound for the Bulldogs in defeat. Ron Brown also pitched three innings prior to Rizzo. “My normal pitchers pitched today,” Rosas added. “We finish our league schedule tomorrow so our goal was to have them all available.”

Romanik, Mullen, and Harford each had a multiple hit game for the Black Knights. Charlie Rexford and Riley Rivera had the only two hits for the Bulldogs (11-1, 9-0), both singles.


RANDOLPH — Randolph (6-9, 3-7) was an 11-3 winner over Cattaraugus-Little Valley (3-10, 1-9) in a non-league game, highlighted by two singles and two RBIs by Jake Brown, two singles and three RBIs from Devin Foster, and two hits with a double and an RBI from Jacob Bulich.

Foster fanned six, walked one and gave up three hits in four innings on the hill while Dakota Donaldson fanned three and gave up one hit in relief.

Nick Savidge pitched three innings for the Timberwolves, walking five and scattering seven hits while Nick Burroughs and Andrew Minnekine entered in relief.

Austin Baker cracked a two-RBI double in defeat.


SHERMAN — Clymer was a 14-4 winner over Sherman in a Division 2 West game as Zavon Overton, Sam Wiggers and Lucas Willink split time on the hill to pick up the win in five innings.

Overton and Willink both recorded a pair of strikeouts, while the latter added two hits and three RBIs with a double.

Overton also added a pair of hits, while Mathew White had two RBIs, as did Wiggers.

Mike Beatman fanned three and walked one, while Caleb Burick struck out five and walked four for Sherman while adding two hits and three RBIs.

Beatman cracked a double in defeat.


SOUTH DAYTON — Pine Valley (5-6, 4-5) earned a 10-6 CCAA Division 2 East win over Ellicottville (7-8, 4-5) thanks to four hits with an RBI from Trent Mihalko and a double with three RBIs for Stephen Crisanti.

Corey Ellis fanned one and walked four, Kevin Hunt walked four and Dakota Loop struck out one and walked three for the Panthers.

Austin Grinols struck out four and walked three while Frank Neff struck out one and walked one in relief for the Eagles.

Hunter O’Striker had two hits, including a double and two RBIs, in the loss.


HAMBURG — Reid Tarnowski and Jared Kowalski combined to throw a five-hit shutout as Fredonia downed Hamburg, 14-0, in a non-league baseball game.

The Hillbillies got things going early in the first inning by gathering RBI singles from Seth Schrader and Reid Tarnowski. A suicide squeeze by Trey Swartz scoring Tarnowski, giving Fredonia the early 3-0 advantage.

Ryan Mroczka smashed an RBI triple in the third and then Derrick Walters knocked him in with an RBI double.

The fifth inning is when Fredonia was able to blow the game open. After Nolan Mages’ two-run triple, Anthony Gullo hit a sacrifice fly. Seth Schrader hit a two-run double and then later scored on a Swartz RBI single. Alec Schrader and Seth Schrader had RBI doubles in the sixth.

Seth Schrader went 3 for 4 with two doubles while Derrick Walters added two hits of his own.

Tarnowski went five innings and gave up three hits while striking out four batters until Kowalski came in to finish the final two frames.