Huskies get walkoff win against Marauders

OLEAN – Olean walked off with a win Friday against CCAA Division 1 foe Dunkirk – literally.

Without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Huskies John Zamintis worked a bases-loaded, game-winning walk off Dunkirk starter Sam Pepe, and Olean (7-4, 5-1) beat the Marauders (4-5, 1-3), 6-5.

“I thought Sam, even though he gave up quite a few walks and some hits, he battled the entire game,” Dunkirk head coach Frank Jagoda said. “He gave it his all, it just didn’t turn out in our favor.”

The Marauders jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first, as Dunkirk was the beneficiary of a two-out, pop-fly triple off the bat of Alex Crossan that the Olean fielder lost in the sun.

The Huskies got a run back in the bottom of the first on an infield, pop-fly single off the bat of Brad Painter. Dunkirk’s Edwin Gomez put the Marauders back up three with an RBI single in the top of the third, before Luke Hennessy and Evan Ryan connected on RBI singles in the bottom of the third to cut the Marauders’ lead to 4-3.

An RBI double by Painter tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, 4-4, before Crossan plated Alex Kubera with an RBI single in the fifth to give Dunkirk the lead back, 5-4. Colby Cummings tied the game in the home half of the fifth on an RBI sacrifice.

Pepe finished allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out three and walking six over 6-2/3 innings of work.

“We were really enthused at the end with how we played,” Jagoda said. “And I saw a little more desire from the kids and more determination. They seemed a little more hurt from the loss, so hopefully that determination (to win) carries on into next week.”

After committing seven errors in a loss to Olean on Thursday, Dunkirk played errorless ball Friday, and were sparked by a trio of nice plays in the bottom of the sixth.

“Edwin Gomez made a diving catch down the line in right field for the first out,” Jagoda noted. “And on the next pitch, Kevin Burns, who was playing second base, made a sliding, backhand play to get the second out, and the third hitter hit a three-hopper that didn’t reach the dirt which Crossan made an outstanding play on coming in from shortstop. We had a sixth inning of defense to remember.”

Crossan finished with three hits and four RBIs while Drew Messina chipped in a pair of hits in the Marauders’ loss.

Hennessy was the winning pitcher, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out four, walking two and hitting two batters.