Let the games begin
BROCTON – The Pine Valley Panthers benefited from 10 walks by Brocton Bulldog pitchers en route to a 10-7 victory in non-league high school baseball action Monday.
Pine Valley scored five runs in the third inning and three in the fourth to build an advantage it would not relinquish.
“That didn’t help,” Brocton coach Terry Presto said regarding his team’s pitching struggles. “They got on and Pine Valley took advantage. They got some timely hits.”
Brocton’s Austin Wade surrendered back-to-back walks to start the third stanza and both runs would score on a Lucas Trombley base hit. Another run scored on an error and Talon Snyder hit a two-run home run to boost Brocton’s offensive attack.
Wade gave up two straight walks again in the fourth inning. With one out in the top half, Spencer Sticek hit a two-run double and Trombley singled in Sticek.
Sticek went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI for the Panthers while Trombley had a 2 for 5 afternoon with three RBI.
Winfred Nelson recorded the win for Pine Valley. He allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out five in four innings of work.
Dalton Remington went 2 for 5 with an RBI double for Brocton while Dan Ferguson brought in a pair of runs.
Wade, the losing pitcher, recorded two strikeouts and seven walks in four innings of work for the Bulldogs.
Both teams return to action Wednesday. Pine Valley hosts Randolph while Brocton entertains North Collins.
Silver Creek 12,
North Collins 6
NORTH COLLINS – The Silver Creek Black Knights (2-0) used a seven-run second inning and a four-run third inning to defeat the North Collins Eagles (0-2), 12-6, in non-league high school baseball action Monday.
Umpires called the game after six innings due to darkness.
North Collins pitchers Jared Keppel and Jordan Keough combined to walk four Silver Creek hitters while Eagle fielders committed four errors in the second inning. Josh Pfleuger hit a two-RBI double as Tony Strong and Zach Kilsiewicz each added an two-RBI single in the Black Knight onslaught.
“I think the second inning was a portrayal of our youth and experience,” North Collins coach Paul Kellner said. “It’s what you would call a rebuilding experience for us. It’s early.”
Keough – who replaced Keppel with one out in the second – walked two and allowed a single to load the bases in the top of the third. Nick Iskra hit a two-RBI single and Strong added an RBI single to plate a quartet of runs.
Strong and Pfleuger recorded three hits and three RBIs each to lead Silver Creek offensively. Adam Klajbor struck out three batters and walked four in four innings to earn the win.
Keppel earned the loss in an inning and a third of work for North Collins as he struck out four batters and walked three. However, Keppel paced North Collins at the plate with three hits – two of them doubles – and a pair of runs batted in. Seventh-grader Brandon Zielinski added a home run and three RBI in a losing effort.
Silver Creek returns home today to play Westfield while North Collins travels to Brocton Wednesday.