Fredonia remains perfect

OLEAN – Short on pitching arms, Fredonia’s Trent Thompson gave his team just what they needed as he went the distance and pitched the Hillbillies to a 3-2 victory over Olean (5-2) on Monday in CCAA Division 1 high school baseball.

The win also keeps the Hillbillies perfect with a 12-0 mark on the season and 6-0 in the league.

Thompson surrendered just two hits and three walks while fanning five Olean batters.

“For Trent to come in knowing we were short of pitching depth, to take the ball and go the distance, gave us a boost,” Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. “He pitched phenomenal today. He retired the side in order four times. He was in control all game.

“(Olean pitcher Ben) McGraw pitched great too,” Gullo continued. “It was a great pitcher’s duel. Both teams are really strong, we just happened to get the better of it today.”

Fredonia scored all their runs in the fifth inning as No. 8 hitter Matt Coyle drew a one-out walk, No. 9 hitter Chris Saden singled and Nick Hart walked to load the bases. There, Weston Ley ripped a bases-clearing double.

“When the bottom of our order reaches base, that’s a good sign for us,” Gullo said. “That brings the top of our order up and they do some damage.”

Saden finished the game with two hits for the winners.

“I was saying win or lose, this is high school baseball,” Gullo said. “It was a playoff-type score and intensity. We need to get more games like this.”

The win gives Fredonia a two-game lead for first place in the standings and it will take on Dunkirk today at 4:30 p.m.

Dunkirk 9, Southwestern 4

LAKEWOOD – Kevin Burns hurled a five-hitter with five strikeouts, a walk and a hit batsman as the Dunkirk Marauders (3-4, 5-5) took care of the Southwestern Trojans (1-6, 1-10), 9-4, Monday in CCAA Division 1 high school baseball action.

Southwestern was handicapped with 12 errors and some of them came in a four-run first inning.

“We came out in the first inning and scored four runs,” Dunkirk coach Frank Jagoda said. “We took advantage of some bad plays and got some timely hitting.”

Nick Thompson led Dunkirk with a double, two singles and a trio of RBIs. All of his hits came with two outs in the inning – a double in the first, a single in the third and another double in the seventh. Burns helped his own cause with two hits and an RBI while Ryan Ruiz had two hits, including a RBI squeeze bunt in the top of the seventh.

“We executed a squeeze bunt very well,” Jagoda said.

“Burns threw very well,” Jagoda added. “The three runs that were scored in the fourth inning, none of them left the infield. We needed a strong pitching performance today and we got one.”

Nick Baglia, Nolan Weinstein and Kyle Radack all delivered two hits for the host Trojans.

Baglia earned the loss on the mound for Southwestern as he allowed six hits, walked three batters, hit one with a pitch and struck out four in four innings of work.

Dunkirk hosts rival Fredonia today as it hopes to be the first team to defeat the Hillbillies this season.

“At times, we play really good,” Jagoda said. “At this point, given who else is out there in the league, we might be the only one who has a shot at beating them. Fredonia’s really on a roll offensively and their bats are really booming. It’s going to take a lot for our pitchers to get the ball in play and to make the right plays. We’re just going to have to show up and play fundamental baseball. If we don’t, we’ll get hurt.”