Prolific Pitching

Frewsburg’s Haglund Outduels Wolfpack’s Catanese In For 4-0 Victory

Frewsburg's Chase Haglund delivers to the plate against the Wolfpack in CCAA Division 2 baseball action at the Robert H. Jackson Athletic Complex. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

FREWSBURG — Chase Haglund greeted a bystander on his way to the Frewsburg dugout Wednesday, just moments after the Bears’ Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 baseball game at the Robert H. Jackson Athletic Complex.

It hardly looked like the pitcher had broken a sweat on a warm and sun-splashed late afternoon/early evening.

Come to think of it, his counterpart on the mound — Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Tate Catanese — didn’t appear the worse for wear either.

It was that kind of performance by both hurlers.

In the end, however, the Bears scored two runs in the first inning and two more in the third, and then rode Chase Haglund’s right arm to send them to a 4-0 victory over the Wolfpack. The win improved Frewsburg’s record to 13-0 overall and 8-0 in the division while C/S/P, which lost to the Bears two weeks ago, fell to 5-3 and 5-2.

Wolfpack pitcher Tate Catanese winds up for a pitch against Frewsburg. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

“Two good pitchers going at it,” Wolfpack head coach Jacob Marino said. “Both of them threw a lot of strikes, both of them were efficient and the defense played well behind them. It was a good game. We look forward to seeing them again.”

Chase Haglund and Garrett Brink, batting one-two in the lineup, led the way for the Bears with two hits apiece and were the catalysts in both innings in which their team scored.

“Their base-running is lethal,” Frewsburg head coach Eric Haglund said. “If they get on base, it’s a problem.”

In the first inning, Chase Haglund had an infield single and came all the way around to score on Brink’s double, and Brink eventually scored on Mason Eckman’s sacrifice fly. Two innings later, Trent Lewis led off with a single, followed by Chase Haglund’s second base hit and Brink’s single to left field that plated Lewis. Chase Haglund later scored on Eckman’s single.

As it turned out, those were the last runs of the game, which took just 1 hour, 18 minutes to complete.

Frewsburg shortstop Garrett Brink tags out Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s Kaden Beckerink attempting to steal second base as second baseman Maddox Sheesley backs up. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

Haglund’s five-hitter included 12 strikeouts and one walk. He threw 88 pitches, 63 for strikes. Meanwhile, Catanese yielded only six hits, struck out seven and didn’t allow a free pass. Fifty-seven of his 85 pitches were strikes.

The Wolfpack did have their chances to score, however, leaving two runners on base in both the first and fourth innings, but they couldn’t push across a run. Pacing their offense was Bryce Hinsdale with three singles.

“He’s a great pitcher,” Marino said of Chase Haglund. “He threw a lot of strikes, he worked fast and he made us put the ball in play. One timely hit one way or another and it’s a 4-4 game.”

Frewsburg returns to action Friday when it travels to Cassadaga Valley, while C/S/P entertains Brocton.

“It’s a great group of boys,” Coach Haglund said. “They really understand the game, they’re team first, they help each other out and they communicate. It’s going to be sad to see this season end further on down the road.”

Wolfpack shortstop Gavin Burchanowski prepares a throw to first in Wednesday’s CCAA Division 2 baseball game against Frewsburg. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

Marino was just as happy with his team.

“I told the guys at the beginning of the year that they can go as far as they want to,” he said. “They have all the talent there in the dugout. They just need to put it on the field. With preparation and work, we’ll get there.”


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