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Wolverines defeat Brocton to keep control of CCAA West 2

May 12, 2016
By M.J. Stafford (editorial@westfieldrepublican.com) , Westfield Republican

BROCTON (May 6) - The Westfield Wolverines still rule CCAA West 2.

Using a six-run third inning and a strong performance from Jonathan Wilson, which included a two-run homer, the Wolverines defeated the Brocton Bulldogs, 8-3, for their 43rd straight win in the division.

Wilson was the winning pitcher, striking out nine batters in five innings of work. He also got Westfield off to a hot start, belting a triple off Brocton starter Ryan Johnson to begin the game, then scoring on Eric Fermier's single.

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Brocton’s Steven Krystofiak follows through on the tag of Westfield baserunner Mike Poletto during their CCAA West 2 high school baseball game.

"I was thrilled with the way we came out and went right at their best pitcher," Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said.

Brocton got the home crowd excited in the bottom half of the opening inning, taking a 2-1 lead. Johnson led off with his own triple, scoring two batters later on Steven Krystofiak's single up the middle. Krystofiak moved to second on Alec Chelton's infield hit, then headed to third on a Kole Wisecarver walk. Charlie Rexford then hit a potential double-play ground ball, but beat the throw to first as Krystofiak scored.

The Wolverines tied the game in the top of the second as Trevor North scored on a Wilson RBI groundout.

From there, Westfield took over. In the top of the third, nine batters went to the plate. Greg Schroeder and Joe Quagliana walked with one out, then scored as Brock Schuster blasted a double to right-center that reached the fence. After a North infield single, Schuster stole third and came home for a 5-2 lead after the catcher's throw squirted past the third baseman.

"We lost focus a little bit there and Westfield kind of took it to us," Brocton coach Rob Fetterick said of the third inning. "It was the right time to jump on us because our focus was down."

North, who went to second on the errant toss, made it 6-2 on Chris Catalano's single. Two batters later, Wilson smashed a ball over the fence in left-center, bringing his entire team out of the dugout in celebration of the blast and their 8-2 lead.

"He just broke a school record (for home runs), that's his seventh on the year," Kaltenbach said. "I've just been thrilled with the way we've been batting the last three or four games. We're not swinging at bad pitches, we're driving the ball, we're moving (runners) up and we're playing good baseball."

On the mound, Wilson gave up just three singles in his last three innings. Two of those singles came with two out in the third, as Rexford hit one, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Robbie Gugino's hit to make it 8-3.

There was no further scoring after that, as both teams' pitchers controlled the batters for the rest of the game.

For Brocton, Johnson allowed two runners on base in his fourth and final inning, but wiggled out of it. Krystofiak threw the last three innings for the Bulldogs and had a strong effort, striking out four batters and allowing just one baserunner, coming on Max Bates' sixth-inning single.

On Westfield's side, Schroeder relieved Wilson on the mound to start the sixth and stymied Brocton in the last two innings. He gave up just one walk to Gugino - then picking him off first - and no hits.

The Westfield coach said his 2016 squad is on par with his recent highly successful teams, such as the one that made the state finals last season.

"I just told these guys, 'I'm so proud of you,' because we've had a great run... A lot of people have doubted us because we've made switches and people have graduated," he said. "These guys have fought through it."

Over in the Brocton dugout, Fetterick was upbeat about his team, despite the loss.

"We added some new defensive schemes this week that worked," he said. "We'll continue to work on them and get better at them. We know we have good pitching, we just gotta help them make plays for the pitcher.

"We've got to work on a few things, but we'll come back stronger and better, I can guarantee you," he concluded.

Westfield clinches league title with two wins over Sherman

(May 9) - Heading into Monday's CCAA West 2 high school baseball game between the Westfield Wolverines and Sherman Wildcats, it was a tale of two completely different seasons.

Westfield is undefeated on the league season while Sherman has won just one league game.

It would have been easy to guess Westfield would win Monday's doubleheader. And while they did, it was hardly with ease, as the Wildcats battled.

Westfield won the opener, 9-4, and then had to go into extra innings to win, 7-6, in the nightcap.

"Give credit to Sherman," Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said. "They took it to us."

With the win, the Wolverines clinched their fourth straight league title and ninth in 11 years. Westfield has not lost a league game since the season opener in 2013.

In the opener, Westfield scored seven runs in the opening inning, highlighted by a three-run double from Brock Schuster.

Eric Fermier added an RBI single later in the contest.

In the second game, the Wildcats had every opportunity to end Westfield's league winning streak at 44.

"They had at least three innings where they had the winning run at third base with less than two outs," Kaltenbach noted. "In the seventh inning, Chris Catalano threw a guy out at the plate from left field. They had plenty of chances to win. We had three or four catcher interferences in the last two innings. Their winning run got called out for running inside the baseline. There were unbelievable plays and errors I had never seen from my guys."

The Wolverines put the game away in the bottom of the eighth as Max Bates singled and scored on Greg Schroeder's RBI walk-off double to left field.

"We never talk about our winning streak, but we talked (Monday) about it," Kaltenbach said. "We have five seniors who have all contributed since they were freshmen. I said, 'Let's get to 46.' We are at 45 (league wins) right now."

Notes: John Bates finished with three hits on the day for Sherman.

Clymer loses at

Cassadaga Valley

SINCLAIRVILLE (May 4) - A freshman came up huge for Cassadaga Valley's baseball team.

Connor Crabtree smacked a one-out single that scored Collin Barmore with the winning run to lift the Cougars to a 3-2 CCAA West 2 victory over Clymer.

Crabtree also did the job on the mound, tossing a one-hitter - the lone hit by Josh Summers came in the first inning - striking out nine and walking one.

Barmore finished with two hits, and Jacob Peterson added a double for Cassadaga Valley.

Summers suffered the tough-luck loss, scattering four hits, striking out four and walking three.

Fredonia eases past Chautauqua Lake

RIPLEY (May 4)- Drew Coniglio's two-out, two run single with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth helped open things up for Fredonia, as the Hillbillies eased past Chautauqua Lake, 16-2, in CCAA West 1 baseball action, in Ripley.

"It was a real tight game for three innings," Fredonia head coach Vince Gullo said. "Drew's big hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth kind of opened up the lead for us. It was a clutch hit that we desperately needed."

The Hillbillies were up just 3-2 before Coniglio's hit, which was eventually followed by RBI singles off the bats of Lucas Voss and Vince Gullo.

Fredonia added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Jarod Burmaster that chased home Ryan Mroczka, who doubled to start the frame.

In the sixth, Mroczka brought in Gullo with a single while in the seventh, Seth Schrader drove in two with a base hit, Damian Johnson had a two-run triple, then scored on a wild pitch, and Jake Green and Dan Dudzic both drove in a run on singles.

Avery Webb walked and came home on a Kyler Majka sacrifice fly to give the Thunderbirds an early 1-0 lead in the home half of the first. However, Cole Tippens scored Gullo to tie the game 1-all on a fielder's choice in the top of the second.

Chautauqua Lake took its last lead in the third on an RBI single off the bat of Majka, who finished the game with two hits.

For Fredonia, Gullo had four hits, Johnson had three hits and two RBIs while Burmaster (two RBIs), Voss and Mroczka (double) all had a pair of hits in the win.

Wolverines top Panama

(May 4)- Jonathan Wilson's two home runs backed the pitching of Greg Schroeder and Max Bates at Westfield High School, as the Wolverines eased past Panama, 16-2, in CCAA West 2 baseball action.

"The story of this game for us was Jonathan Wilson," Westfield head coach Doug Kaltenbach said. "He had two more home runs, which gives him six for the year."

Wilson led off the bottom of the first with his fifth home run of the year, before adding a two-run shot in the second, as the Wolverines built up a 13-0 lead after two innings.

"It's the third game he's had multiple home runs," Kaltenbach said. "And he doesn't get cheap ones either. The funny thing is, he's never had a home run before this year. Not in Little League or Babe Ruth, and before the season started, I told him he was going to lead the team in home runs. His bat is so quick and he turns on (pitches) nice. He's just smoking it and none of them are cheap. They've all gone deep."

Schroeder tossed three innings of scoreless, hitless ball while striking out six to earn the win. Bates went the final two innings and allowed two runs, on two hits - RBI singles by Josh Eddy and Dylan Marsh - while striking out three and walking one.

Wilson finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs while Bates, Catalano (two RBIs) and Simon Williams (two RBIs) all had two hits each.

Sherman's Robson shuts down Panama

SHERMAN (May 3) - Chris Robson scattered four hits, struck out 13 and walked one to lift Sherman to a 4-1 victory over Panama in a CCAA East 2 baseball game .

Robson helped his own cause with a double and Hunter Cooper added a single, the Wildcats' only hits off tough-luck loser Tristen Frye. Frye fanned nine and walked four.

Josh Eddy led Panama with two hits, including a double, and scored his team's only run. Nolan Eggleston and Tanner Newman added a hit apiece for the Panthers.

Brocton's Krystofiak no-hits Clymer

BROCTON (May 3)- Steven Krystofiak threw a no-hitter Tuesday in leading the Brocton Bulldogs to a 10-0 victory over Clymer in CCAA West 2 high school baseball.

The senior hurler struck out 18 and walked two.

"The game plan wasn't to leave him in the game that long, but we decided as a team that we wanted to play for him," Brocton coach Rob Fetterick said. "He had complete command. It was hard for Clymer's hitters to pick up on his fastball. He was dynamic. He came in and took command of the game. He got stronger as the game went on. You could hear the pop in the catcher's glove."

Krystofiak helped his own cause at the plate with two hits and an RBI. Ryan Johnson led the offensive charge, as he went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Alec Chelton had three hits with a run scored and four stolen bases. Charlie Rexford had one hit, two runs scored and three stolen bases for the winners.

 
 
 

 

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