Nelson out-throws Forster in Pine Valley win

SOUTH DAYTON – Cattaraugus-Little Valley (3-7, 4-8) and Pine Valley (10-0) have been locked in some great CCAA East II baseball battles this season, and Thursday’s meeting was no different.

Timberwolves pitcher Justin Forster and Pine Valley hurler Winfred Nelson went strike for strike Thursday, and the Panthers were able to pull out a 3-0 victory.

Forster threw a one-hitter in a loss against the Panthers earlier in the year.

“Any coach would be lucky to coach a kid like that,” Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek said of Forster. “He is just a complete baseball player. He knows the game and loves the game. He is one of the better ball players I have seen.”

Forster tossed 13 strikeouts and four walks in giving up just one hit, but Winfred Nelson was just as good for the Panthers on the mound.

Nelson fanned 17 with three walks and two hits given up to pick up the win, while his defense committed no errors.

Both mound men went all seven innings.

“Basically you would say they took advantage of our mistakes, and both pitchers threw outstanding ball games,” said CLV coach Chuck Senn.

“Winfred, when he is on the mound, he is all business,” Buczek added. “Again, conditions were right. The mound was a mess. In the conditions with the rain falling, he was in control. He just focused. He doesn’t walk many. He is just in love with the game.”

Pine Valley scored its first run in the opening inning when Thomas Raiport made his way to third base on an error and was sent home on a wild pitch. Talon Snyder made his way past home in the second after stealing a pair of bases and advancing on a ground-out by Shane Matteson, while another wild pitch plated Raiport to give Pine Valley its final run of the game.