T’birds soar past Bulldogs

BROCTON – The Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds (5-2, 4-1) were the beneficiaries of five Brocton (5-2, 4-1) errors and 11 walks in an 11-3 victory over the Bulldogs on Friday in CCAA West II high school baseball.

Tyler Furlow got Chautauqua Lake’s offense going early as he cranked a solo home run in the first inning. The visitors then scored four runs in the second inning and five more runs in the third inning to put the game away.

“I just think we didn’t play a good game,” Brocton coach Terry Presto said. “In the third inning, (Chautauqua Lake) had five runs on one hit. We gave up four walks in that inning and combined with two errors and passed balls. That adds up. It’s hard to beat a team when you do that.”

Avery Webb, Devon Pope and Braydyn Wappat each had singles while Cody Sargent had an RBI single for the winners.

Steve Krystofiak, Ryan Johnson and Connor Dolce had Brocton’s lone hits with Dolce earning an RBI.

Krystofiak came in midway through the second inning, and despite struggling early on, Presto was encouraged with the way he finished.

“Steve came around,” he said. “He started rough and he pitched himself out of a jam which was a bright spot. He had bases loaded with no outs in the fourth and he got out of it. The last couple innings he improved a lot. That was a bright spot.”

Brocton returns to action today as it hosts Panama.

CCAA?East I

Gowanda 8, Olean 7

GOWANDA – After a rough first inning, Joe Kruszka settled in and eventually helped lead the Gowanda Panthers (8-4, 5-0) to a big 8-7 victory over the Olean Huskies (6-2, 1-1) on Friday in CCAA East I high school baseball.

After giving up four runs in the first inning, Kruszka allowed just three runs over the next six innings to allow his team a chance to get back into the game.

“I don’t know if he was ready,” Gowanda coach Tim Smith said of his hurler. “He got a lot better as the game went on. He was up in zone in the first inning and they teed off. He settled in and made good pitches after that. I had someone warming up in the first inning ready to go. It’s a huge game. Everyone was ready and willing to go right away. We talked after the first inning and he made some changes and pitched much better after the second.”

Gowanda began its comeback in the third inning as it scored five runs, highlighted by a two-run double from Matt Kruszka, an RBI single from Chase Williams and an RBI triple from Carter Benton.

“We had eight hits and we spread out the hits throughout the lineup,” Smith said. “One nice thing is they came up with hits in key situations.”

ECIC?Division 2

Lake Shore 13, Amherst 5

ANGOLA – The Lake Shore Eagles picked up their first win Friday with a 13-5 victory over Amherst in ECIC Division 2 high school baseball.

Sophomore Alex Whipple led the way with a three-run homer and a double to go with his five RBIs. Jim Barry and Matt Vona each had three hits for the winners.