Long ball helps Pine?Valley down?Forestville
FORESTVILLE – Josh Kilburn and Lucas Trombley each had fourth-inning homers to lift the Pine Valley Panthers (4-2, 6-3) past the Forestville Hornets (1-3, 1-8), 13-5, Tuesday in CCAA Division 3 high school baseball.
With a 3-1 lead, Kilburn led off the fourth inning with a home run and Lucas Trombley belted a two-run blast. Tyler Swanson added a run as he was sacrificed in by Thomas Raiport to break the game open and give the visitors a 7-1 lead.
That cushion was all Pine Valley pitchers Merle Wheeler and Winfred Nelson needed.
Wheeler struck out four, walked six and yielded five hits in four innings of work. Nelson pitched the final three and did not give up a walk or hit while fanning three.
The Hornets scored three runs of their own in the fourth inning as John Murphy had a sacrifice RBI and Jake Nosbisch had a two-run single.
Swanson was 3 for 5 for the winners while Trombley and Sticek each had two hits.
Forestville returns to action Thursday against Chautauqua Lake.
Westfield 3, Maple Grove 1
WESTFIELD – Sophomore lefty Nolan Hunt pitched a complete game and the Westfield Wolverines (5-1, 7-1) found a way to manufacture runs to defeat Maple Grove (5-1), 3-1, Tuesday in CCAA Division 3 high school baseball.
The loss was Maple Grove’s first league defeat of the season and are now tied with the Wolverines for first place.
“This was a big one because we are young,” Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. “We have to learn to win and this is a big step. We manufactured runs. We work on that a lot – moving guys up.”
Hunt struck out nine, walked just two and gave up six hits.
“This is the first full game we had anyone throw all year,” Kaltenbach noted. “He got out of a jam two or three times and our defense turned a couple double plays. For a sophomore, he did a good job.”
Travis Rammelt led the offense with two hits. He added a double in the first inning to score Brandon Johnson.
In the third inning, Rammelt singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Hunt’s fielder’s choice. Hunt eventually scored on Cam Wright’s single.
Maple Grove pitcher Jake Swan was equally impressive on the hill as he gave up just four hits and struck out nine while walking just two.
Rammelt also helped Hunt in the outfield as he made three strong catches, according to Kaltenbach. Tofil also made a strong play at first base to scoop a ball from the dirt and get the force out.
Kass Howard had two hits for the Red Dragons.
Westfield takes on Brocton today in non-league action.
Panama 7, Chautauqua Lake 6
PANAMA – Never-say-die Panama (2-4, 3-5) pulled out a win in both the seventh and eighth innings in Division 3 baseball on Tuesday.
Chautauqua Lake (1-4, 1-4) led 6-4 before Panama came up with two runs in the seventh to tie it at 6-6. Then in the eighth, Panama got the winning run, again with two away, for a 7-6 victory.
Alec Blose delivered the tie-breaking run in the eighth with a triple to score the walking Kyle McIntyre.
With two outs in the seventh, Eric Schutt drove in two runs with a single to plate Ricky Eddy and Tanner Propheter, who both walked for Panama.
Sawyer Eggleston drilled two hits with a double and Blose had three walks and two runs scored for Panama.
Chautauqua Lake had a four-run fourth inning and scored a run on Ryan Stewart’s single in the sixth for a 6-4 lead.
Ryan Linnecke stroked three hits and Tyler Furlow added two hits for Chautauqua Lake.