Hillbillies score late, rally past Hamburg

HAMBURG – The Fredonia Hillbillies scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally past the Hamburg Bulldogs, 2-1, Friday in non-league high school baseball.

Hamburg scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 0-0 deadlock and put the Hillbillies three outs away from their first loss of the season.

However, Weston Ley led off the top of the seventh with a double and moved to third on a Matt Sheridan sacrifice. On the play, an error was committed, which allowed Ley to score and move Sheridan to second base. Cody Smith then hit a grounder to third base and Hamburg committed another error, which allowed Sheridan to score the go-ahead run.

“It was a well played game,” Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. “We had some quality at bats. We battled and put the ball in play. The boys are coming along. It was nice because there was a little pressure on us in an early season, non-league game. We were lucky we had the top of the order in the top of the seventh.”

Noah Voss was Fredonia’s starting pitcher and was relieved by Jared Burmaster came in and went the rest of the way. The two combined for six strikeouts and three walks and allowed just three hits.

“Noah Voss and Jared Burmaster did an outstanding job pitching,” Gullo said. “For Jared, it was his first time as a varsity pitcher. He faced a good hitting team and he kept them off balance all game. Both guys were hitting their spots.”

Along with Ley’s double, Mike Pucci, Cam Voss and Tyler DiRusso each had singles.

CCAA?East II

North?Collins 17,?Franklinville 1

NORTH COLLINS – The North Collins Eagles (3-2, 2-1) pounded 15 hits in taking down the Franklinville Panthers (2-2, 2-2), 17-1, Thursday in CCAA East II high school baseball.

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Brandon Zielinski led the charge with a three-run double which highlighted a six-run second inning for the home team.

Harley Mehnert had three hits with two doubles and three RBIs while Austin Winter had two hits and three RBIs. Joey English and David Lynch each had two hits and as many RBIs while David Fera had two hits of his own in the win.

Lynch was the winning pitcher as he fanned four, walked one and scattered five hits in the win.

“We broke out the bats today,” North Collins coach Paul Kellner said. “Lynch pitched great.”