T’birds win in walk-off fashion against Cards

RIPLEY – The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (1-0) defeated the Randolph Cardinals, 5-4, in non-league high school baseball action Tuesday.

Starting pitcher, Braydyn Wappat, threw three innings of shut-out ball, before giving way to Kyle Mayer, who threw three innings, giving up three runs. Winning pitcher Ian Clute pitched the seventh inning. Wappat struck out five and walked one, while Mayer and Clute each struck out two batters.

Cody Sargent led the Thunderbirds’ offense with two hits, while Tyler Meredith ripped a two-run triple for the winners.

With the score tied 4-all in the bottom of the seventh, and with two outs and a runner on third, Bryce Rowe drew a two-out walk off losing pitcher Mitchell Maycock. However, ball four scooted past the catcher to the backstop, and the winning run came racing home.

For the Cardinals, Andrew Hvizdzak was the starting pitcher, striking out four in three innings of work. Maycock relieved Hvizdzak in the fourth inning, striking out five in the tough loss. Nick Hettenbaugh led the Cardinals with two hits and two RBIs, while Maycock and Christian Giambrone added two hits apiece.

The Thunderbirds’ next game is Monday, against league opponent Clymer.

North?Collins 6, Lake Shore 3

NORTH COLLINS – The North Collins Eagles scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in defeating Lake Shore, 6-3, Tuesday in non-league high school baseball.

Dylan Winter cranked a three-run double in the first inning to plate Nathan Turnbul, Dave Fera and Harley Mehnart. Joey English scored the fourth run on a passed ball.

Mehnart finished with two hits and as many RBIs.

Kyle Loretto started the game and struck out one and walked eight in two innings of work. Tanner Loretto picked up the win in just over an inning of work with two strikeouts and as many walks. Dylan Winter earned the save as he struck out two batters and walked two.

“They put pressure on us, but our pitchers put the ball over the plate and our defense made plays,” North Collins coach Paul Kellner said. “They loaded the bases in the first and we got out of the jam. We committed one error. All in all, we were sound. That was the difference.”