Hillbillies drop Springville, fall to Olean
The Fredonia Hillbillies (5-1, 2-0) finished their second game of the day against the Olean Huskies (4-0) on Friday six and a half hours after they took the field to face the Springville Griffins in Game 1.
The undefeated Huskies came right after the Hillbillies with their No. 1 pitcher, Luke Hennessy, and in the end, defeated Fredonia, 10-4, in a non-league contest.
“We faced their No. 1 today and they’re a real tough team,” Fredonia head coach Vince Gullo said. “They have given us battles the past four times we’ve played them and we expect to see them in the playoffs. They’re well coached and they’re a good team.”
Fredonia took a different approach to the non-league matchup. Noah Voss – the Hillbillies’ No. 3 pitcher – got the start, despite the fact No. 2 pitcher, Weston Ley, was available.
“Their ace did a good job, but we had a lot of baserunners and we punched a couple runs across,” Gullo said. “They saw our No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 (pitchers). We didn’t show them a lot, but I would like to see better results on the mound. Overall, we did a nice job today.”
Cam Voss got the Hillbillies on the board in the first inning by driving a double to the right-center gap that scored Ley, who led off the inning with a single followed by a stolen base.
Olean answered in the top of the second as a RBI single from Colby Cummings plated Hennessy to even the score, 1-all.
With the score even at 2-2 heading into the fourth inning, things began to fall apart for Fredonia.
Noah Voss surrendered four-straight singles to begin the inning and was replaced by Luke Voss after failing to record an out. Luke Voss then walked five of the seven batters he faced before being relieved by Tyler DiRusso, who recorded the final out.
In total, Olean scored six runs in the inning and took a commanding 9-2 lead. The Huskies tacked on another run in the sixth and entered the bottom of the inning with a 10-2 lead.
“That’s what baseball is. Noah was doing a good job, he was in control and it was a close game at 2-1,” Gullo said. “We were up 1-0 and 2-1 and then he just kind of lost it. He let things get to him. We didn’t really have a plan B with Cam (Voss) going in Game 1 and Weston (Ley) going (today). With having three games in a day and a half, I wanted to challenge our kids and this is what I wanted to see.”
Cam Voss once again plated Ley in the bottom of the sixth and Ley singled home Mike Pucci in the seventh to bring the score to the final of 10-4.
Noah Voss took the loss after going four innings, giving up six runs and seven hits while striking out three and walking four.
Ley finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base.
Cam Voss had two hits, including a double and two RBIs while Pucci tripled in the seventh inning, scored a run and drew two walks.
Hennessy earned the win for Olean, going five innings and allowing two runs.
“I’m not concerned about the wins and losses; I want to be ready for the playoffs,” Gullo said. “We are putting our pitchers in positions now. We have played six games so far. My ace has pitched two games and my other ace has pitched two games.
“Everybody is getting chances,” Gullo continued. “I could spread the games out and try to win every game, but we like seeing what (the rest of the pitching staff) can do on the mound because we will need them in playoff games and in a couple of league games.”
Fredonia has a tough road ahead in the coming days with a game today against Harborcreek, Pa. as well as a game Tuesday at St. Francis and a home league game Wednesday against Southwestern.
In Game 1, it was all Fredonia as the Hillbillies rolled to a 25-5 win over the Griffins.
Cam Voss earned the win on the mound after going five-plus innings and allowing four earned runs while striking out four and walking three.
Fredonia’s top-four batters in the lineup combined to score 16 runs on the way to a one-sided victory.
Ley had three hits, including a double and scored five runs. Matt Sheridan had three hits, three RBIs and also scored five runs.
Cam Voss finished with three hits, three RBIs and two runs while Cody Smith added two hits, including a double and scored four runs.
Zack Odebralski contributed a single and two RBIs in the win.
“We expect a lot from him,” Gullo said of Cam Voss who struggled at times on the mound during Game 1. “Nobody is perfect. Even major leaguers have trouble coming through every game. But in the end, he did enough to get the win.”