Gowanda rallies with six runs in seventh

ALLEGANY – The Gowanda Panthers (6-4, 3-0) took advantage of a costly error as they scored six runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to rally past Allegany-Limestone, 9-4, Tuesday in CCAA East I high school baseball.

Trailing 4-3, with runners on second and third with two outs, a Gowanda batter hit a ground ball to the shortstop. The ball went through his legs, allowing two runs to score and the inning to continue. From there, the Panthers benefited from three bases-loaded walks and a passed ball for the 9-4 win.

The Panthers recorded just four hits highlighted by a Ryan Boutelle RBI triple. John McCarthy doubled while Matt Kruszka had two RBIs.

“We probably had no business winning the game,” Gowanda coach Tim Smith admitted. “The difference with this team is these players believe and it was a never-say-die thing and we fought to the end. They know we have to get much better in 24 hours.”

Gowanda travels to Randolph today.

West I

Falconer 8,?Silver Creek 7, eight innings

FALCONER – Kyle Petersen was the hero for Falconer (2-1, 4-1), coming through in the clutch for a dramatic 8-7 extra-innings win over Silver Creek (0-2, 2-3) in CCAA West I baseball Tuesday.

The Golden Falcons scored four runs in the first inning for a 4-1 lead and were ahead 5-1 before Silver Creek scored three in the top of the fifth to make it 5-4.

Falconer added two more in the bottom of the inning to lead 7-4, but the Black Knights battled back with three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game.

In Falconer’s half of the eighth, Gibson Stewart walked and Chris Elderkin came in as a pinch runner and stole second base. Jim Schwab bunted Elderkin to third and Petersen came up and drilled a walk-off single.

Mike Wilcox earned the win for Falconer, going 1-plus innings, surrendering no hits, no runs, two walks and three strikeouts.

Petersen led the Golden Falcons with four hits and an RBI, Wilcox added two hits including a two-run double and an RBI single, and Stewart and Tommy Fales both had RBIs.

John Murphy took the loss for Silver Creek in relief, giving up two hits and a walk. Murphy, Jake Nosbisch and Kraig Gilbert all had two hits.

West II

Westfield 8, Clymer 1

WESTFIELD – Nolan Hunt did it all for Westfield (7-3, 4-0) Tuesday afternoon as the Wolverines dropped the Clymer Pirates (1-1, 1-1), 8-1, during CCAA West II baseball action.

Hunt went the distance on the hill, allowed a run on four hits, struck out 11, walked one and went 3 for 4 at the plate with two doubles and five RBI.

“He was ahead the whole game,” Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. “He hasn’t pitched in a week, he only pitched once in South Carolina. And with the cold and the wind, I was really impressed with how he found the strike zone in this weather.”

The Wolverines jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI double off the bat of Hunt and added four more runs in the third on a Hunt two-run single and an RBI single off the bat of Robbie Burgess.

“He had been struggling a little at the plate,” Kaltenbach said of Hunt. “Not really in a slump, but it was really nice that he swung the bat well and pitched a good game.

“It was the same for (Burgess) too,” Kaltenbach added. “The whole team had been in a little funk hitting, so it was nice Robbie kind of broke out. Now we need other guys to break out too.”

Hunt added a two-run double in the sixth followed by an RBI double by Burgess for the final Westfield runs. Burgess finished 2 for 3 at the plate while Tanner Dahl added a pair of hits in three at-bats and scored three runs.

Andrew Heil suffered the loss on the mound for the Pirates, allowing eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits while striking out three and walking as many in a complete-game effort. Adam Einink went 2 for 2 at the plate, including and RBI single in the top of the seventh that produced Clymer’s only run of the game.