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Bulldogs advance in Class D playoffs with 9-7 victory over Ellicottville

May 25, 2016
Westfield Republican

BROCTON (May 23) - The No. 3-seeded Bulldogs took a big early lead on sixth-seeded Ellicottville with an eight-run third inning, then held off an Eagles surge in the seventh to win a Section VI Class D quarterfinal, 9-7.

Ryan Johnson was Brocton's winning pitcher, throwing 6 1/3 innings. He gave up nine hits and four earned runs, striking out 10 batters and issuing three walks. Steven Krystofiak retired the final two batters for the save.

"Ellicottville made a nice run at the end," scoring four runs in the seventh inning, Brocton coach Rob Fetterick said. "In the top of the seventh they finally figured out Ryan and caught up to him... But the kids played great behind him and we put the bat on the ball when we needed to."

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Brocton’s Ryan Johnson delivers a pitch during Monday’s Section VI Class D quarterfinal game against Ellicottville.

The Eagles scored the game's first two runs in the top of the third inning, but the Bulldogs came back in the bottom of the inning with an offensive outburst.

"We started off a little slow," Fetterick said. "Ellicottville responded but it was nice to see our kids respond. We have a saying, 'Win every inning,' and Ellicottville put some (runs) up, but our kids came on to win the inning."

Steven Krystofiak was 2 for 3, scoring a run, knocking in another run and stealing a base. Robbie Gugino had a double and a triple for the Bulldogs, while Jordan Krystofiak had a 2-for-3 effort with a run and a stolen base. Johnson was 1 for 3 with a run scored, also stealing a base.

Brocton advances to a Class D semifinal today at No. 2-seeded North Collins - a rematch of last season's Class D semifinal.

Franklinville defeats Clymer to move on

FRANKLINVILLE (May 23) - Behind the pitching of Isaac Kopp. No. 4 Franklinville prevailed over No. 5 Clymer, 15-1, in the Section VI Class D quarterfinals Monday.

Kopp spun a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk for Franklinville. The only run he allowed came on a fifth-inning single by Adam Honey.

Kevin Bigham drove in four runs with two hits and Dooley Brennan had two doubles with three RBIs for the hosts.

Franklinville plays at No. 1 Westfield today at 5 p.m.

Hot start lifts Knights past T'birds in Class C pre-quarterfinal

SILVER CREEK (May 20) - The No. 5 Silver Creek Black Knights scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 10-1 victory over No. 11 Chautauqua Lake in Section VI Class C pre-quarterfinal high school baseball action.

In the first inning, Silver Creek's Jake Lewis had an RBI triple, Zak Bogosian had an RBI double and Alex Bogosian capped it off with a two-run single.

"That was huge - being able to jump out ahead," Silver Creek coach Mike Janisch said. "All the hits and runs came with two outs."

The Black Knights made the score 5-0 in the second inning thanks to a bases-loaded walk, and 8-0 in the third, highlighted by a Lewis RBI single.

Also for Silver Creek, Chris Williams and Don Fox each had RBI singles.

The Thunderbirds avoided the shutout with a run in the sixth inning as Kyler Majka scored on an RBI single from Mike Lisek.

Brad Rybak was the winning pitcher. He went five innings without allowing a hit and walking just three. Zach Rybak pitched the final two innings and allowed just two hits.

"Brad was on the money," Janisch said. "He threw 73 pitches through five innings and had Chautauqua Lake on their heals. They didn't make solid contact through those five innings."

Williams finished 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Black Knights.

"It feels good," Janisch said about the win. "These kids played very, very hard and deserved to win."

Westfield ends regular season with 6-1 loss

(May 19) - The Westfield Wolverines (13-3) closed their regular season with a 6-1 non-league loss to the Frewsburg Bears (14-6) on Thursday.

"They had 10 hits, we ended up with four," Westfield coach Doug Kaltenbach said, adding that his team committed six errors. "It was disappointing the way we played. We had better clean up our errors before we go to Sectionals."

Jon Peterson got the win for the Bears, pitching five innings, while Matt Hair finished up in relief. They had five strikeouts in total.

Frewsburg's Trent Gray went 3 for 4. Caleb Caldwell and Kole Brink each had a double for the Bears.

Westfield, meanwhile, did not have an extra-base hit.

 
 
 

 

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