Wild seventh inning favors Wolverines

SINCLAIRVILLE – The Cassadaga Valley Cougars and Westfield Wolverines played just one inning Monday to complete a game from last week.

And though it was only one inning, it was action packed as the Wolverines walked away with a 3-2 win and an undefeated 12-0 CCAA West II high school baseball record.

Monday started in the top of the seventh inning tied 2-all with Westfield’s Jonathan Wilson on first base. On the first pitch, Wilson stole second. On the throw to second, the ball landed in centerfield, allowing Wilson to advance to third base with no outs. Robbie Burgess eventually hit a one-out fielder’s choice to score Wilson for the 3-2 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Cassadaga Valley’s Tyler Simpson drew a walk and moved to second on a single by Shane Parsons. On an attempted double steal, Simpson was thrown out at third by Westfield catcher Brandon Johnston for the first out.

Then, with two outs, Cassadaga Valley’s Kyle Ruge hit a grounder between the first baseman and second baseman. Westfield second baseman Wilson made a diving stop, and from his knees, threw the ball home to gun down Parsons for the third out and to end the game.

“I think they thought ball was going into right field,” Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. “Wilson face planted, turned on his knees and throws him out. It was one of the better plays in high school baseball I have seen in a long time.”