The beauty of baseball

Down to its last out Friday afternoon, Fredonia (4-0) staged an improbable rally to defeat visiting JFK (0-1), 12-11, in non-league baseball action.

Down 11-3, Zach Buckley reached on an error to keep the Hillbillies’ seventh alive, before Trent Thompson reached on a dropped third strike. A walk to Jude Gardner loaded the bases while another walk to Cam Voss plated Fredonia’s fourth run. Jared Burmaster was hit by a pitch to force in another run and Chris Saden worked a walk to chase home Gardner, before Cody Smith plated a pair with a single. Nick Hart followed with an RBI single of his own while Weston Ley was hit by a pitch to reload the bases for Buckley, who tied the game with a 2-run single. Thompson, who could have been the final out of the game, then ripped a walk-off RBI single to cap the comeback.

“I’m very proud of my boys for not giving up,” Fredonia head coach Vince Gullo said. “That’s the beauty of baseball – the game can go on forever until the other team gets the final three outs.”

The Bears had controlled the game up until the bottom of the seventh, leading 6-3, and then 11-3 after they scored five in the top of the seventh.

“We did make more mistakes than we’ve had all year,” Gullo noted, “but we overcame them and it was nice to see the boys excited after the victory.”

Twin brothers Eric and Adam Cartenuto combined to allow three runs over six innings while helping themselves at the plate with Eric chipping in two hits and Adam one hit. Of his two hits, Eric had a three-run triple while Adam scored three runs on the afternoon.

For Fredonia, Ley added a long solo home run in the first while also scoring three times and Thompson chipped in a two-run single in the third.

Gardner was the pitcher of record for the Hillbillies, picking up the win after tossing three innings of relief and allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out one. Saden started the game, working the first inning before giving way to Smith, who tossed three innings of his own.

Gowanda 23, Silver Creek 4

SILVER CREEK – Gowanda (3-0) used a six-run first and an 11-run second inning to cruise past Silver Creek (1-1), 23-4, in non-league baseball action on Friday.

“They hit the ball very well,” Silver Creek head coach Mike Janisch said of Gowanda. “We also had a lot of mental and physical mistakes.”

Ryan Boutelle picked up the win on the hill, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out eight, but it was at the plate where he may have done the most damage. Boutelle went 2-for-3, including a double, while adding a team-high four RBIs.

Also for Gowanda, Joe and Matt Kruszka each had three hits and a RBI while Chase Williams went 4-for-6 with a pair of RBIs.

For Silver Creek, Zach Klisiewicz went 3-for-4, including an RBI.

“Not only did we get all the players in and them a chance to play, we obviously worked through much of our pitching staff,” Janisch added.