Trojans Clinch Division 1 Title Outright, Edge Gowanda 5-2
GOWANDA — Southwestern clinched at least a share of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 title Tuesday.
On Thursday, the Trojans took it all for themselves with a 5-2 victory over Gowanda.
Southwestern batted around and scored all five of its runs in the fifth inning after trailing 1-0. Kenyon Davidson singled, Judd Harris laid down a sacrifice bunt and Spencer Kane hit an RBI single for the Trojans’ first run. Kane later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Aidan Kennedy to give Southwestern a 2-1 lead. Jameson Walsh then broke the game open with a three-run single.
Walsh threw the first six innings and struck out eight. Lucas Gilbert got the final three outs with a pair of strikeouts.
Gowanda took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI single by Bryan Zynda.
“This was huge. Nobody wanted to share it,” Southwestern head coach Jared Brown said. “These guys were out to battle today. We wanted it all to ourselves.”
FREDONIA RALLIES PAST OLEAN
OLEAN — Fredonia rallied from a 2-0 first-inning deficit and beat Olean 7-2 in Division 1 action Thursday at Bradner Stadium.
The Hillbillies gave themselves a shot at sharing the league title with the win, only to see Southwestern clinch it outright in Gowanda hours later.
Owen Ludwig threw a complete game with five strikeouts and no walks. The senior gave up nine singles and needed just 89 pitches to get through his afternoon.
“It was a formidable week. The boys really stepped up and played two really complete ballgames,” Fredonia head coach Tim Cowan said. “Defense was really the name of the game today. We played really sound defense behind (Ludwig). He was able to pitch to contact and let his defense help him.”
Micah Davis had three hits while Gabe Schrader and Nathan Sercu had two apiece for Fredonia (12-4-1, 11-3), which will close its regular season with nonleague Pioneer today.
Aaron Vincent and Thomas Bates singled in the first inning for the Huskies (9-6, 9-5) before Dominick Henzel hit an RBI single and Lucas Brushingham hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
The Hillbillies answered with a three-run second inning. Schrader and Davis singled before Trevor Persch was hit by a pitch. Schrader then scored on a wild pitch, Ludwig hit a sacrifice fly and Andrew Cowan hit an RBI groundout.
“What stands out to me was that we had five RBIs from Nos. 6-9 in the batting order, Coach Cowan said. “We really grinded this one out. The boys did everything they could today to control what they could for the division and our playoff seeding.”
Persch then drew a bases-loaded walk in the third before Nathan Sercu hit a two-run single and Persch scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.
In Olean’s half of the fifth, Hillbillies first baseman Alex Paluch made the defensive play of the game when he came off the bag on an errant throw and tagged out the Huskies batter before then throwing to third baseman Owen Rush for a double play as another Olean runnner attempted to go first to third on the play.
FENTON STRIKES OUT 18, NO-HITS BEARS
FREWSBURG — Tucker Fenton walked the first batter he faced Thursday.
Despite another walk and a hit batter, the Maple Grove senior was unhittable.
Fenton threw a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts as the Red Dragons beat Frewsburg 10-0 in Division 2 baseball at the Robert H. Jackson Athletic Complex.
Maple Grove broke the game open with a six-run second inning during which the Red Dragons chipped away with nine singles.
Jackson Gowan led the offense with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and three RBIs while Adam Brisky also doubled.
The Bears fell to 8-9 overall and 8-6 in the league.
TANTILLO TOSSES GEM
FALCONER — Marshall Tantillo tossed a four-hit, complete-game shutout as Jamestown downed Falconer 4-0 in a Division 1 contest.
Tantillo struck out four and walked one for the Red Raiders, who improve to 6-10 overall and 5-9 in the division.
Jamestown’s offense was led by Brandon Lobb, who had an RBI double; and Sean O’Brien, who had an RBI single. Tantillo also had a single.
Jake Roth worked 4 1/3 innings and struck out six for Falconer, which had four different players with singles.
T’BIRDS PLATE SIX IN 11TH
SINCLAIRVILLE — A six-run 11th inning sent Chautauqua Lake past Cassadaga Valley 10-4 in Division 2 action.
Brad Smith went 3 for 6 with a double and Kalen Miller was 2 for 7 with a double for the Thunderbirds (5-7, 5-7). Eighth-grader Devin Hewes struck out 12.
Calvin Hilliker was 3 for 5, Hunter Johnson was 2 for 5 with a double and Kyle Ingersoll doubled for the Cougars (3-12, 3-11). Owen Meyers struck out nine.