Vaillancourt Hurls Maple Grove Past Panama, 8-4

Maple Grove’s Darren Vaillancourt delivers to the plate during Thursday’s Division 2 West baseball game. P-J photo by Scott Reagle

BEMUS POINT — Maple Grove is now 5-1 overall and 4-0 against CCAA Division 2 West opponents after an 8-4 win over Panama on Thursday.

Darren Vaillancourt led the winners on the mount with an 11-strikeout, two-hit performance that included a pair of hit batters.

The Red Dragons’ hurler added two singles, Taige Jones had a pair of doubles, Ayden Reagle had a single and a double, Trevor Hudson had a single and a double while Cade Egan also smacked a double.

Jevan Newman fanned seven and walked one in six innings for Panama before giving way to Ryan Joslyn in relief.

Joslyn ripped a single in the loss.

Panama left fielder Kurtis Olson robs Maple Grove’s Easton Tanner of a home run Thursday. P-J photo by Scott Reagle

DUNKIRK NO-HITS

SILVER CREEK

SILVER CREEK — It’s often said by coaches in all different sports that the victorious team picked up “a good team win.”

Thursday, the Dunkirk Marauders made that saying come to life in a baseball coach’s dream.

Dunkirk’s Peyton Ahlstrom and Lucas Porpiglia combined to throw a no-hitter against CCAA Division 1 West foe, the Silver Creek Black Knights, at Silver Creek High School.

“Peyton was outstanding today,” said Dunkirk head coach Frank Jagoda after Thursday’s game of Peyton Ahlstrom’s performance. “(Ahlstrom) got his pitch count up, but Luke (Porpiglia) came in and shut the door. It’s a good team effort.”

Dunkirk (4-1, 3-1) had not played in a week, after back-to-back league wins over Falconer and Chautauqua Lake sent the Marauders off to Spring Break on a high note. Thursday, Dunkirk found a way to make the warmest day in Chautauqua County this spring feel even better.

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