Billies’ bats alive and well in win over Gators

The Fredonia Hillbillies (4-0, 9-0) tallied a 12-run second inning in a 25-7 thrashing of the Allegany-Limestone Gators Monday in CCAA Division 1 baseball action.

Chris Saden opened up the frame’s scoring by bringing home Cam Voss with an RBI double while Cody Smith would bring Saden home with a single. Nick Hart had an RBI double and Jude Gardner added a trio of runs with a bases-loaded triple.

Fredonia batted around in the second and showed no signs of slowing. Voss brought home Gardner and Smith knocked a two-run triple. Hart had an RBI double while Weston Ley wrapped up the inning with an RBI triple.

“To say we hit the ball well was an understatement,” Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. “Offensively, we scored a run in all but one inning.”

The Hillbillies couldn’t rest on a 13-0 lead after Allegany-Limestone scored six runs in the top of the third. Starting pitcher Trent Thompson was removed from the game and replaced by Ley for the fourth. Ley shut down the Gators’ offense as he allowed one run and struck out five batters in a three-inning outing.

“I was disappointed in our third inning defensively, giving up six runs,” Gullo said. “We had all sorts of substitutions. With Weston going into the game and throwing strikes, he really settled us down. He took command of the game and allowed us to regroup.”

Ley was also one of four Fredonia players to collect a quartet of hits. Ley hit a double and two triples, scored three runs and knocked home three RBI. Jude Gardner had a two-run triple, a double, two singles and four RBI. Hart scored five runs, knocked two doubles and added three RBI. Smith had three hits, two triples, three runs and a trio of runs batted in while Cam Voss had three hits and two RBI. Jack Buckley (triple) and Saden (double) had two hits each.

“We didn’t quit,” Gullo said. “We dug deep, we played hard-nosed baseball and went right after it.”

Fredonia could move to 10-0 with a win over rival Dunkirk Wednesday.

“It’s almost too early for a big game,” Gullo said. “The Dunkirk game, everyone gets excited about. To us, it’s just another big game. We want to keep improving and see where it takes us.”

Olean 4, Gowanda 1

OLEAN – Luke Hennessey gave the Gowanda Panthers (3-2, 6-2) more than they could handle as the Olean Huskies (2-1, 4-4) prevailed, 4-1, Monday in CCAA Division 1 high school baseball.

Hennessey pitched a complete-game three-hitter as he struck out nine and gave up just one walk.

“He pitched a real solid game,” Gowanda coach Tim Smith said. “He kept us off balance. He threw a nice curveball. He did a nice job getting ahead of the batters. We knew it was coming, we just couldn’t connect with it.”

The Panthers’ lone run came in the fourth inning as Ryan Boutelle led off with a single and scored on a fielder’s choice by Cole Dailey.

Joe Kruszka and Justin Grimm added the other lone hits in defeat.

Boutelle pitched a solid game in defeat as he threw six innings. He struck out five and gave up three walks and yielded seven hits.

The Panthers will try to get back into the win column Wednesday when they host Southwestern.