Billies battle to 3-0 win over Depew

Cam Voss didn’t have his best stuff Tuesday, but it did not matter as No. 2 Fredonia upended No. 10 Depew, 3-0, during Section 6 Class B-1 quarterfinal baseball action at the Hillbillies’ field on Route 60.

“Cam’s Cam and when he’s on, he’s unbeatable,” Fredonia head coach Vince Gullo said. “It’s funny when you can have a shutout and people can think he may not have had a good game. That’s what he’s built because of his reputation and I know he’s probably not terribly happy with his outing and I’m hoping he can get at least one more shot.”

Voss scattered three hits, struck out eight and walked four during his complete-game effort, but the Hillbillies’ offense had its hands full with Wildcats’ pitcher Denis Vianini.

“Our league didn’t have the quality pitching that we’ve been used to and we knew that we’d run into some tough competition,” Gullo said. “And (Depew’s) pitcher, my God, he was low- to mid-80’s (with his fastball), with a sharp cutter and he had the goods.”

Fredonia scored single runs in the first, second and sixth innings to pick up the win.

“I’m glad we battled,” Gullo said. “We got three runs off of him and with our strong defense – and Cam did gut it out (Tuesday) – we got a nice shutout win. And that’s all you need to do in the playoffs.”

Weston Ley walked, moved to second on an error and stole third base before scoring on a ground ball off the bat of Voss. Then, in the second, Vince Gullo singled, stole second and scored on a single off the bat of Voss’ younger brother, Lucas.

“I was really happy with Lucas Voss getting that RBI base hit and scoring (Vince Gullo) from second base,” Gullo said. “Vince had a pop-fly single, stole a base and got himself in scoring position. It was nice that Lucas, who is our No. 9 hitter, drove the ball to the outfield. That was a huge run.”

In the sixth, Ley tripled and scored on a single by Jared Burmaster.

“Jared (Burmaster) coming up big that last at-bat and scoring Weston (Ley) after his blast, we needed that run,” Gullo said. “And it took the pressure off a little bit.”

Vianini finished allowing three runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking six. He also hit a batter during his complete-game effort.

“This was a nice win,” Gullo said. “These guys are young. We start just three seniors, so this is a nice win for these guys. I think they realize that they’re not watching Nick Hart, Zach Buckley and Jude Gardner any more and now it’s their turn. So maybe it was a nice little wake up call and it was good to get them experience.”

Up next for the Hillbillies will be a date with No. 6 Medina on Thursday in the Class B-1 semifinals. The game will be played at Fredonia High School.

“We went and saw them and they have a nice pitcher,” Gullo said of Medina. “He’s going to keep them in the game, so we have our work cut out for us.”

Ley finished going 2 for 2, with a triple, two runs scored and two walks while Burmaster, Cam Voss and Lucas Voss all had run-scoring singles. Dylan Sekuterski, Chris Karnyski and Vianini had the hits for the Wildcats.