Playoff Fever

Blue Jays Claim City Rec Championship

Justin Martin is greeted by his Affinity One Federal Credit Union Blue Jays teammates after belting a home run in the City Rec League baseball championship game against the Harley Davidson Rockies at Nordstrom Field on Monday night. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

The Affinity One Federal Credit Union Blue Jays did it again.

For the third straight year, the Blue Jays claimed the City Rec League playoff championship by knocking off the Harley Davidson Rockies, 15-4, Monday night at Nordstrom Field. The Blue Jays, who also defeated the Rockies on Friday night, entered the postseason as the regular-season champions as well.

Justin Martin belted a home run, double and triple; Hannah Higgs added a home run and a single; and Serenity Schauers collected a triple and a double to lead the winners’ offensive attack last night.

Brady Wetherby and Keith Miller (double) both had two hits, and Zach Kinne added a triple for the Rockies.


Hannah Higgs receives the same treatment after her round-tripper. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg



Falconer opened the tournament with a 10-3 win over Southwestern behind the combined three-hit pitching performance of Josh Holmberg, Erik Stenstrom, Donovan Delaney and Dillon Smith.

Offensively, Falconer pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of several Southwestern walks. Holmberg had a double and triple, while Stenstrom collected a triple and a single to lead the offense. Smith and Delaney each rapped two singles, while Kyler LaRoy added a double.

Cooper Charles and Oscar Harris had the hits for Southwestern.

The Rockies’ Nick Doverspike works behind the plate. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

In the second game, Falconer erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on for an 11-7 win over Frewsburg.

Erik Stenstrom led the offense with two doubles and a single, while Austin Pfeiffer added a triple and two singles. Donovan Delaney added three singles and Josh Holmberg collected a triple and a single. Dylan Newman also had a double and a single for Falconer.

Delaney pitched the final two innings for Falconer, allowing no runs while striking out six.

Maddox Sheesley led the Frewsburg offense with a double and a single. Drake Beckstrom ripped a triple and Cole Vaughn had a double for Frewsburg.

Falconer will continue pool play on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. meeting with Randolph at the Town of Ellery Park.



Jamestown 8U All Stars represented local Cal Ripken well in North Buffalo Thursday through Sunday. After finishing 3-1 in Pool Play they held the top seed before falling to North Tonawanda in extra innings Sunday

Jamestown opened the tournament with a 14-3 win over Eden. Ryan Engquist and Blake Swanson combined for an 11-strikeout, one-hitter in a four-inning, 10-run win. Jhensen Rohena was 2-for-2 with a triple. Owen Everetts scored three times and Swanson also had two hits for the winners

Jamestown fell to North Tonawanda, 12-2, in Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader, its only loss in pool play. Jayden Rodriquez had two hits in the loss.

On Friday, Jamestown won both sides of a doubleheader with an 8-3 win over North Buffalo and a 12-7 win over Elmira.

Pitching was the story in both games with the trio of Ryan Engquist, Blake Swanson and Jayden Rodriguez recording all but four outs over the two games by way of the strikeout.

Ryan Engquist had two hits and two RBIs, Owen Everetts had a big three-run double that put up Jamestown for good in the win over North Buffalo and Jhensen Rohena had two game-saving catches in center field.

In the win over Elmira, Nazayah Figueredo and Ryan Engquist each had two hits and three runs scored.

In a semifinal matchup with North Tonawanda, Jamestown suffered a tough loss in extra innings, 17-11. Down 11-3 in the bottom of the sixth Jamestown plated eight runs to push the game to an extra frame where they ultimately fell to the Americans.

Jayden Rodriguez and Owen Everetts both had big two-run doubles during the rally.