Near no-no

By RYAN PAPASERGE

OBSERVER Sports Reporter

JAMESTOWN – After the first inning of Saturday’s non-league high school baseball game at Diethrick Park in Jamestown, the home plate umpire had a discussion with Brocton Bulldog pitcher Macalum Buchanan.

“Going to his mouth (between pitches), he just has to do it when he’s off the rubber,” Brocton coach Terry Presto said. “He needs to be on the mound and off the rubber. He’s still learning.”

It might have been the only moment in which Buchanan looked like a hurler making his second career start as he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in an 11-0 shutout of the Panama Panthers as part of the High School Baseball Showcase.

Buchanan struck out four batters, walked three and allowed two hits. He helped his own cause with a 2-for-3 afternoon and one RBI at the plate and a few diving grabs off the mound.

“For his second time out, he did a great job on the mound,” Presto said about his starter. “He cut down on the walks. He got a little tired towards the end and I wanted to bring another pitcher in, but he was doing so well I wanted this to be his game. I think he got better as the game went on.”

The Bulldog offense provided Buchanan with plenty of run support and gave him a 7-0 lead after three innings.

After Panama starter Sawyer Eggleston walked Daulton Remington and Jordan Patterson with one out in the first inning, Dan Ferguson brought both Brocton base runners home with an RBI single and was tagged out at second in an attempt to extend the play into a double.

Brocton added three runs in the second inning as Remington brought home Derek Walter with a single. Ferguson followed up with a double that scored Remington and Scot Laurie to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 advantage.

Remington had a great play from center field in the bottom half of the second as he dove to hold onto a Josh Eddy pop fly.

Buchanan knocked a single to bring home Tayler Appel in the third inning and Laurie scored Buchanan on a pop single that was lost in the sun by Panama fielders.

Brocton’s newfound ace managed to impress again in the bottom of the third, as Buchanan struck out Tanner Newman, Patrick Yuchnitz and Alec Blose to clear the Panther side.

“I thought Brocton’s pitching was pretty good,” Panama coach Rob Collver said. “We’ve been struggling to hit consistently all year and we’re trying to break out of that.”

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Buchanan made a sliding grab off the mound and threw to first to retire Yuchnitz.

“He took off that mound pretty quick,” Presto said. “He’s still learning the game. Offensively and defensively he did a great job.”

The Bulldogs added two runs in the fifth and sixth inning to go up 11-0. With one man on via a fielding error and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Blose knocked a double to center field and broke up the no-hitter.

Ferguson went 2 for 2 with two walks, two RBIs and one hit-by-pitch in a victorious effort for Brocton while Laurie went 4 for 4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs.

Eggleston earned the loss for Panama as he walked eight batters and struck out four in six innings of work. Blose pitched the seventh and struck out the side while Nolan Eggleston had a hit off Buchanan in the bottom of the inning.

The Panthers played Saturday’s game without senior Kyle McIntyre.

“Errors hurt us, but our kids stepped up and made plays when they needed to,” Collver said. “I’ve always told them to play each pitch as its own. If you make an error, you have to let it go and make the next play. Our young kids are starting to hit.”

For the Bulldogs, however, it marked a victorious return to the High School Baseball Showcase after a short absence.

“For some reason, we got out of it,” Presto said. “The kids love coming up here and it’s just a great time.”

Brocton hosts Clymer Monday while Panama entertains Chautauqua Lake Tuesday.

Pine Valley 9, Ripley 1

JAMESTOWN – Tyler Swanson struck out 11 batters in a complete-game effort and helped his own cause with two RBIs in the Pine Valley Panthers (3-2, 5-3)’ 9-1 win over the Ripley Eagles in non-league high school baseball action Saturday as part of the High School Baseball Showcase at Diethrick Park.

Swanson allowed three hits and two walks on the mound and went 2 for 4 with a double and a single at the plate.

“I think (he) just held their batters,” Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek said. “He had control of the game as far as defense goes, just mixing up his pitches and locations.”

Pine Valley’s offense started early as Lucas Trombley hit a two-out double off Ripley starter Logan Miller. Swanson scored Trombley on a two-out double of his own to give the Panthers a 1-0 first-inning lead before he took the mound.

The Panthers scored four more in the second. Miller hit Thomas Raiport with a pitch and allowed singles to Merle Wheeler and Alex Kelly to load the bases. Winfred Nelson reached base on an error that allowed Raiport and Wheeler to score. Spencer Sticek hit a line drive that was dropped by Ripley’s third baseman and allowed another run to cross home plate.

Pine Valley continued to pour it on with three runs in the fourth. Josh Kilborn singled and stole second. He moved to third on a Sticek single and scored on a Trombley RBI single. Swanson added an RBI single of his own.

“We played error-free baseball for the first time all year and it makes a difference,” Buczek said. “The hits came when we needed to score runs and it was all in combination.”

Ripley’s lone run came when Miller singled and advanced to second on an overthrown pick-off attempt. He then moved to third and scored on a Cody Sargent fielder’s choice.

Trombley had a 2 for 3 afternoon with a double, single, two runs and an RBI to support Pine Valley’s offensive effort.

Miller suffered the loss for Ripley after a two-inning outing in which he allowed four hits and struck out two. Clark Clinger relieved Miller in the third and allowed three runs on four hits in an inning and a third of action. Trevor Enterline closed out the game and allowed one run on one hit in three and one-third innings of work.

Miller also paced the Eagle bats after a 2 for 3 outing with a double, a single and a run.

“It’s nice that the weather cooperated,” Buczek said. “The people in the game and around the game can enjoy it a lot more. It’s an honor. It’s such a nice field. It’s groomed well. You know single-A baseball plays there and you feel part of that.”

Pine Valley travels to Forestville Tuesday while Ripley hosts West Valley Monday.