Wayland-Cohocton (V) 7 Falconer (VI) 6

The Wayland-Cohocton girls are going to the final four in Glens Falls on Saturday (June 8th)! The maroon & gold turned around and went back to Brockport State for the second day in a row on Tuesday (June 4) where they rallied from behind again and this time the stakes were higher with the semis & state finals on the line. After coming back against Batavia on Monday, coach Dave Stewart’s team turned the trick again on the Section VI squad from Falconer. As history would repeat itself, Way-Coh went down 3-0 on one swing of the bat as one of the Section VI sluggers put one out of the yard with two mates aboard in the top of the 4th. The Eagles partially responded by getting one run back in the bottom half of the inning. Ashlee Schumacher reached on an error and then consecutive hits by Hannah McKelvey and Mikaela Nielsen would bring Way-Coh’s first run home. The locals would grab the lead in the game as Wayland-Cohocton would play long ball themselves. Taylor Welytok & Jesse Hammers each singled to start the bottom of the 5th. MacKenzie Weber got a hold of one and sent it out of the park putting Wayland-Cohocton in front 4-3 ! Dave Stewart’s squad added to their lead in the 6th by scoring three more times. Alyssa Recktenwald singled & then Taylor Welytok followed with a two-bagger. Jesse Hammers singled to load the bases up. MacKenzie Weber stroked a 2-run double putting runners at second and third. The birds then utilized their speed. As the catcher flipped the ball back to the pitcher and turned to walk back behind the plate putting her mask on, Jesse Hammers sprinted toward the plate and stole home for what would eventually stand up as the game winning run. Falconer scored three times in the top of the 7th and left the lead runners on board when Wayland-Cohocton would finally record the final out in a close call 7-6.
MacKenzie Weber notched the win with 7 strong innings giving up 6 runs, 5 earned, on 10 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 1. Offensively Wayland-Cohocton (21-4) pounded out 14 hits against Section VI hurlers. Jesse Hammers was 3-4 scoring 2 runs and stole home. MacKenzie Weber was 2-4 with a double, a homer, 5 rbis and scored a run. Taylor Welytok 2-4 with a double and scored twice. Hannah McKelvey 2-4 with a double. Mikaela Nielsen was 2-3 with an rbi. Alyssa Recktenwald 1-3 with a run score. Ashlee Schumacher 1-4 and scored once, and Bri Sick went 1-3 in the victory.
Wayland-Cohocton battles either Solvay or Windsor in the Class “B” Semi-Finals in Glens Falls on Saturday (June 8) morning. Should they win that game, the Eagles would head into the State Finals later that day. Good Luck Golden Eaglettes!

Keshequa Girls Closed Out in Far West

Frank Williams —  Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Frewsburg (VI) 7 Keshequa (V) 1

Like all good things, unfortunately, they come to an end. So it was for the Keshequa girls softball team’s 22 game winning streak here in the spring of 2013. In the Far West Regionals the Class C Section V representitive headed to Olean High School to tangle with Frewsburg of Section VI on Tuesday (June 4). The Indians would wind up on the short side of a 7-1 score that would close their dream campaign prematurely.
Keshequa fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the 4th…a position that the orange and black were seldom in during the course of the regular season. The Nunda-Dalton gang cut the deficit in half in the top of the sixth when Alex Flint walked and later scored on a Grace Mehlenbacher hit. That would be all the offense the Section V squad would be able to muster on the day. Frewsburg exploded scoring 5 times in the bottom of the 6th as a trio of Keshequa errors plagued the Indians defense in the contest which would see the Section VI team move on to the final four in Glens Falls on Saturday (June 8).
The Indians close the season at 22-1 as Alex Flint pitched six innings giving up 8 runs, 5 earned on six hits while striking out six and walking three. At the plate for Keshequa Grace Mehlenbacher was 2-3 with an rbi. Haley Russell 2-2…Kate Forrester 2-3 with a double…and Kristen Jackson was 1-4 in the Indians season ending setback. Coach Martha Blair noted, ” we are very proud of this team of girls. They’ve had a great season and they’ve all worked so very hard throughout the year to improve their game. Its been a joy to having had a chance to coach such gifted athletes this year.”

Having the pleasure of being involved with collegiate baseball in Hornell for many years, I can’t say there were many people at the ballpark that I’d more enjoy talking to about the game (let alone anything else) but Dansville graduate Tom Kenney. The greatest thing is that Tom is back at the helm of the Hornell Dodgers bench here in their 20th Anniversary season in the Maple City. No, it wasn’t something that was planned on either side…but I’m glad it happened. Dodger General Manager Paul Welker received notice only about a week or so ago that the expected manager of the club Jake Tenhouse, was not able to return here in 2013. At this late date, less than 2 weeks before the season’s opener, what is the front office to do? Welker stated in a press release dated May 31st…”I am extremely excited that we were able to convince Tom to take the head coaching position. To have a guy with his baseball knowledge and expertise to lead our team is not only a great thing for the guys on the team, but its awesome to have a person who has meant so much to our franchise’s history, to return in an active role in the organization.” Kenney has served in just about every capacity down through the years with the Dodgers, except as the field general.
In addition to being a Dansville high school & SUNY Brockport graduate, he also instituted the baseball program at Alfred State College. He led the Pioneers to 646 wins, five Region III titles, five New York Athletic Conference titles during his tenure. he was named Region III Coach of the Year six times. In a New York Collegiate Baseball League capacity, Tom helped found and coach the Cohocton Red Wings before later heading up a community group which put the Hornell Dodgers back on the map in 1994. Welker added, “Tom has jumped into this coaching position head first the past couple of days as we have transitioned our plans for the 2013 season. I believe that with Tom in the dugout we will be very competitive and be very fun to watch.” The Dodgers open their season at Maple City Park on Thursday (June 6th) at 7pm when the Niagara Power come to town.

Keshequa 9 Caledonia-Mumford 2

It took a year, but the Keshequa softball team gained some measure of revenge on Saturday (June 1st) as they toppled Caledonia-Mumford in Livonia to move onto the Far West Regionals with a 9-2 win over the Lady Raiders. The same two teams met in the Class C State Qualifier in 2012 with the game going 10 innings and Cal-Mum prevailing 1-0. In this 2013 match-up the Indians made the first move by scoring three times in the first inning to grab an early lead, they would rally for 2 more in the fourth and four more in the fifth as the orange and black turned the tables this spring for a 9-2 win, and a trip out west.
Coach Martha Blair’s club didn’t hesitate in getting on the board early. The Indians plated three runs in the opening inning to gain the upper hand for the moment. The Red Raiders would not be outdone as they would answer back and score twice in the 4th to turn the game into a one-run affair. Keshequa responded as most good teams do, with a pair of their own in the bottom half of the inning to maintain a 5-2 advantage. The Nunda-Dalton gang broke the game open when they scored four more runs in the fifth inning to give them the eventual final of 9-2. Indians hurler Alex Flint picked up the win in the circle yielding 2 earned runs on just 2 hits while striking out 14 and walking just one. Flint received plenty of offensive support from her teammates who reached Red Raiders pitching for 10 hits in the qualifier. Kristen Jackson, Haley Russell, & Kylie Blanchard led the offensive charge. Jackson was 2-3 with a triple and drove in three runs while scoring once. Russell was 2-3 with double and scored three times. Blanchard was also 2-3 with a pair of doubles. She would drive in two and score two as well. Also with hits in the game were Tessa Gordinier (three runs), Grace Mehlenbacher (one run), Kate Forrester (double), and Gabe Mehlenbacher (two rbis). Alex Flint would also steal a base and score a run in the victory too.
Keshequa plays in the far West Regional on Tuesday (June 4) afternoon when they take on Frewsburg from Section VI at Olean High School with first pitch slated for 3 o’clock.

(B) Wayland-Cohocton 22 (BB) Palmyra-Macedon 4

With little time to take-in and celebrate a Section V Title on Friday night, the Wayland-Cohocton baseball team was back at it in the Class B State Qulifier at Livonia on Saturday (June 1) afternoon. The venue was friendly, being the home of a Livingston County Division One foe, but the bats were booming for the locals as Way-Coh would put together a 12-run 6th to seal and cement their trip to the Far West Regionals on Tuesday evening at Dietrick Park in Jamestown at 7pm against the Fredonia Hillbillies. Wayland-Cohocton brought their big-bats as they scored nearly at will in what would wind up a 22-4 rout of Pal-Mac.
Way-Coh coach Steve Wager noted, ” you could see both teams were kind of sluggish after having played just a few hours before, but this is Sectional time and you do what you have to do!” The Red Raiders grabbed the early lead with a single run in the 2nd, but in the bottom half the Golden Eagles would flap their wings and get a pair of runs to take the lead. The big hit was Spencer Brown’s 2-run single giving the Golden Eagles a lead for good in the game. With Way-Coh (19-4) leading 5-3, the Eagles would put a strangle hold on the game when Rece Chapman hit a 3-run homer making it an 8-3 contest. The maroon & gold put the game out of reach by scoring 12 times in the 6th en route to a rout of 22-4. Just about everybody in the line-up had some type of contribution to the cause. Leading the way for Wayland-Cohocton were Rece Chapman’s 2-4 day with a homer, double, scored a run and drove in 5. Collin Burke was 4-5 with a two doubles, a homer, four runs and four rbis. Burke also recorded the win as he threw 6 strong innings scattering 13 hits while fanning two and walking two. John Phelps came on to toss a scoreless 7th.
Coach Wager added, “that was a gutty performance by Collin Burke. After all, here’s a guy that threw four innings in a start in the Bath game on Wednesday, turned around and threw 4 more to get the win over Wellsville, then turns around and we get six quality innings out of him here today. What more can you say?” The Golden Eagles now head off to the Far West Regionals and have a rematch with the Fredonia HIllbillies from Section VI. Tuesday’s (June 4) game will be played at Dietrick Park in Jamestown with first pitch at 7pm.

Shay’s 15 Union Hose 12

In Dansville Little League action on Thursday (May 30) night on Knox Street, Shay’s continued to roll as they would become engaged in a high scoring affair with Jim Sullivan’s Unionized Hosers. When the smoke cleared the Truckers would remain unbeaten at 7-0 after out slugging Union Hose by a 15-12 count.
Jacob Failla, Brody Stone, and Masin Schuster combined on the pitching end of things for Shay’s. Offensively for Coach Anthony Failla’s club…Masin Schuster was 4-4 with 3 rbis and scored 4 times. Jacob Failla was 3-4 driving in 5 runs and scoring 3. Brody Stone was 2-4 with 3 rbis and scored a pair of runs. Hayden Meyer 3-4 with a homer driving in 3. Andrew LeBar ws 2-4 with 3 rbis and scored a run. Brandon Caito also scored twice.
For Union Hose Bryce Quibell and Zach Douglas each saw time on the hill. For coach Jim Sullivan’s offense…Bryce Quibell was 3-4 with an inside the park homer. He also drove in 3 runs and scored two. Dan Kaszuba 2-3 with 2 runs scored and two rbis. Zach Douglas was 4-4 with a homer and drove in a pair of runs. Trevor Shotwell 1-4. Nate Kelly was 1-2. John Kaszuba 1-4 with an rbi. Jake Avery was 3-4 with 2 runs scored, and Owen Thompson scored a run for Union Hose.

# 2 Wayland-Cohocton 6 # 1 Wellsville 4

Mother always told us to do our homework. That measure paid off for the Wayland-Cohocton baseball team on Friday night (May 31) at Maple City Park in Hornell where the Golden Eagles came from behind & held off the hungry Lions from Wellsville in a 6-4 final as Way-Coh laid claims to the Class “B” Sectional Baseball title at Maple City Park in Hornell in an exciting contest to say the least. Golden Eagles coach Steve Wager noted, ” Wellsville is a very disciplined and skilled team. Denny Miles is one of the premier coaches & that program is always very successful because of the hard work they put in. When you play a Wellsville team you have to be ready for anything & everything because they know the ins and outs of the game.” Wayland-Cohocton down through the years has also shown they are one of the state’s best programs as well & has fostered a great deal of respect from Wellsville, let alone many other teams as well. The Lions won the 2 regular season meeting handily over Way-Coh, but this time it was for all the marbles! Strategy & quick thinking was also a part of this game which made it a lot of fun to take in.
Wayland-Cohocton had a chance slip by in the first when they had 2 runners on and one out. Wellsville turned a grounder into an inning ending double-play to wiggle out of trouble. The Lions struck first with a 2-out rally in the second inning. Brady Lewis walked and Liam Cunningham pinch ran and stole second. Dusty Baldwin’s single put Wellsville in front. After Baldwin pilfered the bag at second, Jared Costello singled home another run making it 2-0. Wayland-Cohocton answered right back in the top of the third. A walk to Cass McAllister got things going. With two away, CJ Ellis tripled to right field driving in one run. Moments later Tyler Brown’s opposite field single against the “Brownie Shift” chased home the tying run. The Lions gobbled up an unearned run to take the lead in the third when an error opened the door on a ball hit by Brett Migliore. Jason Dixon followed with a hit putting runners on the corners. Kirby Weinhauer’s infield grounder gave the orange and black a 3-2 edge. Wayland-Cohocton turned around and score three times to take their first lead in the fourth frame when both Ben Haszlauer and Spencer Brown walked. Rece Chapman’s single knotted things up. Cass McAllister came through with an opposite field triple down the right field line to drive in two runs giving the Golden Eagles a 5-3 advantage. Wellsville sought to get things going with 2 outs in the fifth when Brett Migliore doubled. Way-Coh reached into their “bag of tricks” and sold the hidden-ball trick to perfection as pitcher Tyler Brown faked a throw to 2nd on a pick-off and both infielders dove for the imaginary ball while the outfielders converged. The base runner got up and took off from second and Tyler Brown chased him down & flipped to third-sacker Ben Haszlauer who laid the tag on the runner for the final out.
The Golden Eagles got an insurance run in the top of the 7th despite getting their lead off man picked off by Wellsville. With one gone CJ Ellis got things going again when he hustled a single into a double on a shot hit down the left field line. Wellsville skipper Denny Miles then walked Tyler Brown intentionally to set up the force. A wild pitch attempted to toast that strategy. But then Miles walked Mike Murphy intentionally to load the bases. Ben Haszlauer lifted a sacrifice fly to center to drive Ellis in making it 6-3. The game would also end in dramatic fashion as well. No lead is safe from a Wellsville team. The Lions saw lead off man Jared Costello walk, which signaled the end for Tyler Brown on the mound. He would take over as catcher and Collin Burke came on to do the pitching. With one out, Nick Anderson doubled the opposite way putting runners at second and third. Brett Migliore lifted a sacrifice fly to left making it 6-4. Then when clean-up man Jason Dixon was plunked by a pitch, it put the tying run on base and brought the potential winning run to the plate in person of Kirby Weinhauer. Coach Miles put some extra speed on the basepaths by inserting a pinch-runner at first. On an 0-1 count the Eagles put a play on at first . Way-Coh was playing behind the baserunners initially. On the pitch first sacker Mike Murphy crept up behind the runner at first & catcher Tyler Brown rifled a peg behind the runner picking him off for the final out of the game & giving Wayland-Cohocton the Section V Class B Title in a thrilling 6-4 victory !!
Tyler Brown would later be named Most Valuable Player of the game as he picked up the pitching victory working 6-plus innings allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits while fanning 6 and walking 2. Collin Burke came on to pick up the save with a scoreless inning of work allowing one hit. Offensively for Way-Coh (19-4) Collin Burke was 2-4 , CJ Ellis was also 2-4 with a double, a triple, scored a run and drove one in. Tyler Brown was 1-3 with an rbi. Ben Haszlauer had a sacrifice, drove in a run and scored one. Spencer Brown also scored a run. Rece Chapman 1-4 with an rbi and scored once. Dan Wilkinson had a sacrfice, and Cass McAllister had a triple in two trips and drove in a pair of runs and scored one as well in the championship victory.
For Wellsville, who finished the season at 21-2 Nick Anderson took the loss working 3 1/3 innings yielding 5 runs on a handful of hits, he fanned 3 and walked 2. Freshman rightie Brett Migliore took over and pitched 3 2/3 strong frames giving one run on three hits. He struck out 5 and walked four, three of them intentionally. Wayland-Cohocton plays either Batavia or Palmyra in Livonia in the Class “B” qualifier at 3pm on Saturday (June 1st).

# 2 Wayland-Cohocton 9 # 1 Attica 3

The Wayland-Cohocton softball squad fell behind at Monroe Community College on Thursday (May 30) afternoon against top-seeded and unbeaten Attica. That circumstance quickly changew when the Eagles erupted for 6 runs in the 5th inning as Way-Coh wound up with a 9-3 win and a Class B Sectional Title as well! Coach Dave Stewart stated, “we made a few mistakes and gave them a few runs in this one, but we have solidify our defense the rest of the way. We’re not going to get away with that against some of the teams we’ll be running into now.”
Attica scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead. Way-Coh tied it in the top of the third when they mounted a 2-out rally when Hanna Mckelvey walked & stole second, then scored from second on an infield grounder making it a 3-2 Way-Coh edge. The Eagles opened things up with a 6-spot in the top of the fifth. Alyssa Recktenwald, Taylor Welytok, and Jesse Hammers all singled to load the bases. MacKenzie Weber drove in two with a double. Ashlee Shumacher plated another with a sacrifice bunt. Hannah McKelvey followed with a single. Then Bri Sick, Hannah Kuhn, and Alyssa Recktenwald each drove in runs with hits to cap the rally making it now a 9-3 contest. MacKenzie Weber took over from there to close out the previously unbeaten Blue Devils.
Wayland-Cohocton ( 19-4) received a complete game outing from MacKenzie Weber, who worked 7 innings of 4 hit softball allowing no earned runs, while striking out 12 and walked one in gaining the win. Offensively the maroon & gold pounded out 17 hits in the game. Taylor Welytok 3-5 with a double, an rbi, two runs and a stolen base. Jesse Hammers 3-5 with an rbi and scored once. Hannah Kuhn 3-4 with a pair of rbis and scored a run….Alyssa Recketnwald 3-4 with an rbi and scored two runs. Bri Sick 2-4 with an rbi. Mackenzie Weber added a hit with 2 rbis…Ashlee Schumacher had a hit , and a sacrifice. Hannah McKelvey 1-3 scoring a pair of runs. Wayland-Cohocton tangles with Batavia (who defeated Livionia 3-2) on Thursday. Way-Coh and Batavia meet at Brock port State on Saturday. The time has not yet been announced.

# 1 Keshequa 9 # 2 Bolivar-Richburg O

Hot & cold…isn’t that the theme of the sports world? Or maybe “when you’re hot you’re hot, when you’re not you’re not”!? I guess both would apply as the Keshequa Indians and Bolivar-Richburg Wolverines got together in the battle of the unbeatens with the Section V Class C-3 softball title on the line at the Outpost at Letchworth Central School. The 2 teams haven’t played each other in many years. Wolverines coach Stan Harris noted, “we scrimmaged Keshequa early in April and it was freezing! Today we play them in the title game and its 90 degrees!” It wasn’t only the temperature that was hot, the Indians were too! Keshequa would score runs in bunches to claim the Sectional hardware in a convincing 9-0 decision in Gainesville.
The Indians didn’t waste any time in getting on the board against B-R starter Haley Majot. Haley Russell greeted the opposing right hander with a double to left field to open the game. Tessa Gordinier dropped a double down the line as well, but Russell had to hold up to see if the ball would be caught and wound up at 3rd. Kristen Jackson’s infield bouncer would score the first run, & when the throw to first was errant, she would reach as well. A wild pitch would plate the 2nd run, and then Alex Flint’s sacrifice fly to left field would make it a 3-0 contest in the first. The orange & black threatened in the second as well, but had a runner cut down at the plate on a fine defensive play by Bolivar Richburg’s defense.
The Indians added to their lead in the third inning when Tessa Gordinier walked and was forced by Kristen Jackson’s grounder. Alex Flint worked out a walk and Gabe Mehlenbacher was hit by a pitch to load the bases up. Kate Forrester came through with a 2-run single making it a five run lead. Keshequa tacked on four more in the home half of the fourth inning when they nearly batted around. Haley Russell legged out an infield roller to get the ball rolling. Tessa Gordinier singled off the third baseman’s glove and then a throwing error on a ball hit by Kristen Jackson allowed a run to score. Alex Flint followed with a single, and Gabe Mehlenbacher singled & moved to second when the ball was bobbled in the outfield. Kate Forrester then lifted a sacrifice fly to get a run home. The final runs scored when Bolivar Richburg attempted to pick a runner off of third and the throw went down the left field line clearing the bases making the final 9-0. The Wolverines would get back to back hits to start the 4th, but Alex Flint would strike out 2 of the next 3 hitters and get the other on an infield pop up to strand the runners.
Keshequa (21-0) saw Alex Flint record the win in complete game fashion. She hurled 7 strong innings allowing 3 hits, no runs while fanning a dozen and walking just one. Offensively Haley Russell was 3-4 with a double and scored twice. Tessa Gordinier 2-3 with a double and scored a pair of runs. Alex Flint helped herself going 2-2 with a sacrifice, a stolen base and s cored a pair of runs while driving one in. Also adding hits were Gabe Mehlenbacher, Kate Forrester (3 rbis, sacrifice), Grace Mehlenbaher (sacrifice). Also Kristen Jackson scored 3 runs and drove one in. Haley Russell, Tessa Gordinier and Kate Forrester were named to the All-Tournament team, while Alex Flint was named the Most Valuable Player.
Keshequa gets a “bye” in the Class C playoffs and battle the winner of the C-1 vs. C-2 game. Keshequa would play on Saturday in the state quailifier at a site and time to be determined.

Keshequa 18 Kendall O

It didn’t take coach Martha Blair’s girls long to get going in their Sectional softball opener on Saturday (May 25) in Nunda. The top-seeded Lady Indians batted around in each of the first two innings, scoring 8 in each to cruise to an easy
18-O verdict over the visiting Eagles from Kendall in the Class C3 contest. The Indians used the long ball to get much of their offensive work done as Keshequa clubbed a trio of homers as Alex Flint, Haley Russell, and Tessa Gordinier all went “yard” in the game.
Keshequa continued its winning ways by improving to 19-0 & moving into the semi-final round on Tuesday (May 28) against Oakfield-Alabama. The Indians offense was alive and well in this game as the orange & black crushed Kendall pitchers for 18 runs and 13 hits on the day. The wealth was spread throughout the entire line-up. Kate Forrester led the way with a 3-3 day with a double, three rbis, and scored twice. Alex Flint helped her own cause in hammering her 9th homer of the year while going 2-3 with a double, two rbis and scored two runs. Tessa Gordinier 2-3 with a homer, a double, two rbis and scored three times. Adding one hit apiece were Kristen Jackson (double, 2 rbis, and a pair of runs), Haley Russell ( homer, 4 rbis, run),Grace Mehlenbacher (run, rbi), Kylie Blanchard (rbi, 2 runs),Selena Erwin (triple, run), and Ariel Wood ( 2 rbis, 2 runs). Also for the victors, Emily Grant knocked in a run, and Gabrielle Mehlenbacher scored a run. In the circle, Alex Flint picked up the win in the circle with a complete game 1-hit, shutout while striking out 11 without a walk.