Pitching shines again as Hillbillies down Quakers

ORCHARD PARK – The Fredonia Hillbillies continued to receive strong pitching Monday as they defeated Orchard Park, 3-2, in non-league high school baseball.

In 29 innings of work, Fredonia pitchers have surrendered just three earned runs.

Monday afternoon it was Weston Ley and Tyler DiRusso’s turn to shine on the mound. Ley went five innings, giving up two hits and an earned run while fanning seven. DiRusso pitched the final three innings and allowed just two hits and no runs.

“Weston and Tyler did a great job pitching,” Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. “Tyler, picking up his first varsity victory is quite an accomplishment. He is the fourth pitcher this year with a victory. We have quite a few arms available.”

A key play in the game came during the sixth inning as DiRusso recorded a strikeout and catcher Cody Smith threw to second base to pick off a potential base stealer for a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play to end the inning.

Tied, 2-all heading into extra innings, Fredonia’s Jared Burmaster led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice from Noah Voss. On a botched squeeze play, Burmaster ended up stealing home for the go-ahead run.

Cam Voss led the Hillbilly offense with two hits while Cody Smith, Michael Pucci, Noah Voss and Burmaster had the team’s other hits.

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Today’s scheduled game against Olean has been canceled and rescheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. The Hillbillies will also host Springville on Friday before traveling to Harborcreek on Saturday.

Silver Creek 16, Brocton 15, 8 innings

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Black Knights pulled out a 16-15 victory over Brocton on Monday in a non-league high school baseball marathon.

The game last three hours and 45 minutes and saw 24 walks.

With the score tied, 11-all, heading into the eighth inning, the Bulldogs took what might have seemed like control with four runs in the top half of the frame.

Latham Dunn highlighted the four-run inning with a double.

However, the Black Knights responded and scored five runs to win the game.

Kraig Gilbert doubled and Jake Nosbisch hit the walk-off RBI single to win the game.

Nick Iskra led Silver Creek’s 16-hit attack with three singles. Gilbert had two hits. Winning pitcher Jake Lewis helped his own cause with three hits and Jeff VanVleck had two hits in the win.

The Bulldogs were led by Ryan Johnson and Matt Siragusa, who each had two hits.