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Wolfpack’s New Toy

Freshman Hinsdale Shines As C/S/P Downs Trojans

Clymer/Sherman/Panama pitcher Bryce Hinsdale flips to first base during the Wolfpack’s nonleague baseball game against Southwestern at Packard Field on Tuesday in Lakewood. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

LAKEWOOD — Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Bryce Hinsdale has already experienced varsity competition on the football field and the basketball court.

So when the Panama freshman stepped on the baseball diamond for the first time at the varsity level Tuesday at Packard Field, he was unfazed.

Batting out of the No. 2 spot in the Wolfpack order, Hinsdale went 4 for 4 with three doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead Clymer/Sherman/Panama to a season-opening 7-5 nonleague victory over Southwestern.

“He worked really hard on modified last year,” Wolfpack head coach Jake Marino said of Hinsdale. “I knew he was going to compete, you see it on the football field, too. He was ready to go.”

For icing on the cake, the left-hander also picked up the win on the mound as he threw the final four innings and struck out four while allowing just four hits and one run.

Southwestern’s Lucas Gilbert slides safely into second base with a stolen base before Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Trent Burchanowski receives the throw during Tuesday’s nonleague game at Packard Field in Lakewood. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

“That’s his first varsity innings. He’s worked super hard,” Marino added. ” … I gave him the game ball at the end of the day. He hit the ball well and pitched really well to keep us in it.”

Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s offense was relentless, scoring twice in the first inning, once in the second, once in the fifth and three times in the sixth to put the game away.

In the first, Austin White walked and went to third on Hinsdale’s first double of the game — a misplayed fly ball. Gabe Roth was then hit by a pitch and both runners eventually scored without the benefit of a hit.

“The fly balls are hard to replicate. We haven’t seen a lot of them without being outside because of the weather,” Southwestern head coach Jared Brown said. “We just have to make plays for our pitcher. We can’t give teams five outs.”

The Wolfpack’s Trent Burchanowski led off the top of the second inning with a double and scored on a Blake Kopta groundball.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama's Trent Burchanowski makes a throw during Tuesday's game. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

“One of the big things that I preach is that if we can get a guy on, it kind of kills the momentum from the last inning,” Marino said. “When they go out and put up a run, and we come back two innings later and put a bunch of runs up, it’s huge for our momentum.”

The Trojans took a brief lead with a four-run bottom of the third. Max Marshall led off with an infield single and Aidan Kennedy also singled before Dustin Hendrix walked to load the bases. Spencer Kane hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Lucas Gilbert walked before Jayce Neal drove in the second run with a hard groundball off the pitcher. Jameson Walsh then hit a two-run single to center field.

“I told Max, ‘You’re here for a reason. I need you to get on base for the guys behind you,'” Brown said of his leadoff hitter. “It’s worked out well. Hopefully it continues.”

The Wolfpack tied the game in the top of the fifth inning as Hinsdale doubled, later advanced to third, and scored on a Micah Willink sacrifice fly.

Walsh, batting No. 7, momentarily gave the lead back to Southwestern when he hit a long home run over the left-field fence in the bottom of the frame.

Southwestern's Walsh Brown rounds the bases after a home run in Tuesday's game. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

“That was a big hit. It was definitely needed at the time,” Brown said. “I kind of like him at the bottom of the order because it gives us some strength throughout the entire lineup.”

But the Wolfpack took the lead for good in the sixth as Dylan Michael singled, Ian Dunnewold walked, White walked and Hinsdale hit a two-run double. Roth then drove in Hinsdale with an RBI double of his own.

“They’re confident because we had a lot of comeback wins last year. We have a lot of the same guys back this year,” Marino said. “They know that we can put runs up. They weren’t worried.”

Hinsdale allowed the lead to stand up, working around a two-out single by Kane and a one-out walk to Walsh in the final two innings.

“My biggest worry was just seeing how they were going to come to play,” Marino said. “We’ve had three games canceled already. … Like always, they came out and competed like C/S/P does.”

Clymer/Sherman/Panama is set to open Division 2 West play today against Cassadaga Valley before the Wolfpack and Southwestern are scheduled to do battle again Thursday.

NOTES: Kurtis Olson had two hits at the plate while allowing one hit and striking out three in two innings of work on the mound. … Kennedy struck out four in six innings before Gilbert struck out the side in the seventh for Southwestern. … Kennedy, Walsh and Marshall each had two hits in the loss.

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