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# 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.

# 5 Dansville 7 # 4 Attica 6 ( 8 innings)

The weather took a toll on the initial proposed meeting of these class B opponents on Friday (May 24). The teams wound up with an early Saturday (May 25) morning date. Call it a rude awakening if you will, but a determined bunch of Dansville Mustangs were out to seize an opportunity for the red & black to make it as far as they did back in the Jim DeBell coaching era. Coach Tom Hober’s team found themselves down 6-3 in the top of the 6th in this game at the “hot bed in Genesee County”. Fourth seeded Attica had gained the upper hand heading down the stretch. Dansville rallied to tie the game in the 6th, and then won it in the top of the 8th on a Cody Schwan hit. Schwan went back out to the hill and struck out the side to secure both the win, and the trip to the semi-finals against top seeded Wellsville on Tuesday (May 28) at Maple City Park in Hornell at 4:30pm.
Dansville put a run on the board in the first inning when Alex Wampole singled & later scored on an infield grounder by Collin Vogt. The Mustangs put up another run in the 2nd when Cody Mark reached on an error & scored on Jim McLaughlin’s ground out. Attica would grab the lead away from the visitors, but the Mustangs kept pecking away with another single run in the fourth. Ethan Mapes walked and stole a pair of bases before Brad Quibell’s single plated him. The homestanding Blue Devils would grab the lead at 6-3 and hang onto that margin until the Mustangs rallied and tied the game up in the top of the sixth. Jim McLaughlin legged out an infield hit. Brad Quibell followed with a double. Alex Wampole singled to drive in a pair of runs making it a one-run game. Moments later Cody Schwan singled to knot things up a 6-6. With the hit, Schwan would also bear down on the hill. The Mustang hurler would record the final 7 outs of the game on strikeouts! Dansville forced things into extra innings as they would eventually take the lead in the top of the 8th. Alex Wampole was hit by a pitch and would later score on Cody Schwan’s single. Schwan would then go out and close things down by striking out the side preserving an exciting 7-6 win for Dansville! Mustangs coach Tom Hober stated, “these kids have a good idea of what the game is about. They’re worked hard all year & they’ve just kept on battling. That’s what they did here today. They showed a lot of spunk, got hungry and went after it…and look….here we are in the Class B semi-finals against Wellsville.”
For the Mustangs (9-9) Cody Schwan recorded the win and went eight strong innings scattering 7 hits while striking out 13 and walking just one, and allowing 4 earned runs in the game. Schwan would also drive in what proved to be the winning run in the eighth. Also on the offensive side Brad Quibell was 2-5 with an rbi and a run scored. Cody Schwan 2-5 with a pair of huge rbi’s. Also adding hits were Jim McLaughlin 1/3 drove in a couple of runs. Collin Vogt 1-2 with an rbi…Cody Mark scored a run, and Ethan Mapes stole two bases and scored a run.

Wayland-Cohocton 12 Leroy 5

Following a one-day dealy in the action, Wayland-Cohocton hosted Leroy at the Nest on Saturday (May 25) in an 11am start in Class B Sectional baseball action. The Golden Eagles would find themselves down in the early going as some defensive woes would give the visiting Oakten Knights three unearned runs giving Leroy a 3-0 lead heading into the home half of the third. The Golden Eagles would come alive scoring five runs in the bottom of the inning & then they would proceed to score six more times in the next 2 innings to gain some breathing room in an eventual 12-5 victory at home.
Following the fretful first innings, Way-Coh would reverse the momentum in the third when the Eagles would flap their wings offensively. CJ Ellis’ run scoring double got the maroon and gold on the board. Ben Haszlauer’s double would knot things up chasing home two more runs. Spencer Brown’s single put the birds ahead in the game. Leroy came back to score twice in the 4th tying the contest once more. Coach Steve Wager’s troops marched into the lead for good scoring three times. Tyler Brown forced home a run on a bases-loaded walk. Mike Murphy followed with a clutch single to bring home two more runs making it an 8-5 advantage. In the 5th Ben Haszlauer’s run scoring single opened another three run rally. In the sixth Collin Burke was on the front end of the double-steal of home as Way-Coh went on to post a 12-5 triumph sending them into the semi-finals on Tuesday night (May 28) at Maple City Park in Hornell against Bath-Haverling who upset Greece Odyssey.
Collin Burke would register the win in relief as he worked 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball giving up only two hits, while fanning 4 and walking one. Tyler Brown started and pitched 3 1/3 frames while giving up six hits, no earned runs, striking out 4 and walking a pair. On the offensive end for Way-Coh (17-4) Ben Haszlauer was 2-4 with a double, an rbi and scored a run. Tyler Brown drew four walks in the game and drove in a run. Others adding hits included Collin Burke (3 steals, 4 runs), CJ Ellis (double, two runs, rbi), Mike Murphy (2 rbis and two runs), Spencer Brown (stolen base, rbi), Reese Chapman, & Cass McAllister (two runs).
Leroy was paced by Archie Cappotelli’s 2-2 (sacrifice, rbi), & Kody Lamkin went 2-3 with an rbi in the Knights’ finale.

The Keshequa boys baseball team started the post season as the # 9 seed in Class “C” and had a new slate. Coach Ron Macomber’s team would see a stay of two games in the 2013 Sectionals as the Indians defeated Wheatland-Chili in the opener on Monday (May 20), but would bow out against top seeded Clyde-Savannah on Wednesday (May 22) to end their season.
In the opener the Indians would wind up with some good news as they tamed the Wildcats of Wheatland-Chili on the road at “the Jungle”, the home of the #8 seed. Keshequa would get on the board initially in the first inning when Scott Thompson’s single brought Kyle Houtz home to score after he had ripped a two-out triple. Wheatland Chili knotted things up with a single run in the home half of the 2nd inning. Keshequa took the lead right back in the top of the third when Cooper Galton scored the eventual game-winning run on a fielders’ choice hit by Kyle Houtz. In the fifth Keshequa finished the job by scoring three more runs. Scott Thompson & Brock Allen scored ahead of James Derrenbacher’s double. Travis Ressler’s hit would drive in the final run in a 7-1 first-round triumph. Karst registered the pitching victory working 6 innings allowing just four hits, an unearned run, while fanning one and walking one. T.J. White tossed the 7th striking out one in a scoreless inning. Offensively for Keshequa (7-14)
Cooper Galton, Kyle Houtz, & Travis Ressler were each 2-4 while eight of the nine starters would each have a hit in the victory.
When it comes to Sectionals however, the victory brought Keshequa face to face with top seeded Clyde-Savannah on Wednesday (May 22). The Purple Eagles would put an end to Keshequa’s season as the Indians put up a battle in Victor, but fell to the purple & gold 3-0 in the next round. Coach Ron Macomber Jr noted, “we had a very young team this season, but they managed to improve each game and that’s what you look for in a young team. Despite losing to the #1 seed, we gave them a game of it. We’re very proud of the job our kids have done this year.”

Local Trio Back in Dodger Blue

Frank Williams —  Wednesday, May 22, 2013

When the New York State Collegiate Baseball League opens its 2013 season, a trio of local graduates will again don the Dodger-blue in Hornell. The team announced recenlty that Garrett Hoag, Jake Kenney, and Dylan Dunn will again be members of the Hornell Dodgers bringing lots of local interest to Maple City Park this summer.
Hoag is a Dansville graduate & an Alfred State grad now attending SUNY-Cortland. Garrett has been on a rehab assignment following shoulder surgery that took place late last summer. Hoag is a right handed pitcher hoping to bring some depth to the Dodgers pitching staff this season. Hoag was on the Dodgers roster last season, but saw little action due to the injury.
Jake Kenney is an Alfred-Almond graduate who has gone from Hagerstown Community College to nearby Genesee Community College where he’s hit near .300 in 27 games with the Cougars. Jake is a utility player who can play the infield and outfield and showed his versatility to Hornell last season. Jake’s father Tom, is a Dansville graduate and has also served as Dodgers general manager, and coach for many years. Tom also spent several years developing the Alfred State College baseball program.
Dylan Dunn, a graduate of Hornell High School will also be in his second season with the Dodgers. Dunn, who has caught, pitched, and played first and third will again assume a utility role with the Hornell this NYCBL season. Dunn recently earned All-Region honors at Hagerstown Community College where he is a sophomore. This spring he hit .326 going 56-172 for the Hawks in 57 games. Dunn showed he can hit for power at the collegiate levels as well posting 10 doubles, a triple and six homers to go with 55 rbis and 13 stolen bases.
The Dodgers will play an exhibition game at Maple City Park on Sunday June 2nd against Team Verdero, with the regular season opening at home as Hornell will host the Niagara Power on Thursday June 6th at 7pm at Maple City Park. The team will also be holding a “Meet the Dodgers” breakfast at Applebee’s of Hornell on Saturday June 1st with serving from 8-10am. Tickets are $6.00 and are available from any board member. The public is welcome to come meet the players that morning.

Shay’s 20 Union Hose 16

The National Football League would have been proud of this score as Shay’s outlasted Union Hose on Knox Street Monday (May 20) night in a slug fest by a final score of 20-16. Coach Anthony Failla’s club climbed to 6-0 to remain unbeaten following the high scoring affair with the Hosers.
Shay’s raced off to a 5-0 lead in the se cond inning. In the bottom of the second Union Hose’s bats got going with 4 runs, then the offensive onslaught began. Both teams would bat around scoring 8 runs in their respective 3rd innings. A five-run fourth frame would help give Shay’s some marginal breathing room as they would hold off Union Hose late in the contest to post the 20-16 victory.
For Shay’s Hayden Meyer would get the win with relief help from Brody Stone, while Hunter Camacho notched the save. At the plate Masin Schuster went 4-5 with a pair of doubles, and scored four runs. Jacob Failla 3-5 with 4 rbis, a double and scored twice. Brody Stone 2-5 driving in five runs, a triple an scored two runs. Haden Meyer 2-5 with an rbi and scored a run. Derrick Bell 3-4, with a pair of stolen bases and scored a trio of runs. Mark Lawrence 2-4 and scored a pair of runs. Hunter Camacho 1-3 with a pair of runs and stole a base. Elliot Mapes 2-4 with a double and scored a couple of runs. And Andrew LeBar 3-3 with three runs scored.
For coach Jim Sullivan’s Union Hose team, Bryce Quibell 2-3 scoring 4 runs. Dan Kaszuba 1-3 and scored three times. Zach Douglas 3-3 to drive in four runs and score two. Tanner Dettman 1-3 driving in a run and scoring one. Trevor Shotwell 1-4 and scored once. John Kaszuba 1-3 and scored twice. Nate Kelly, Calib Wolfe, Owen Thompson and Jake Avery also scored runs in the game for the Hosers.

Keshequa 10 Letchworth 0

The Keshequa Lady Indians put an exclamation point on the 2013 regular season on Saturday (May 18) when the orange and black completed an unbeaten season with Alex Flint’s no-hit performance at the Outpost as the Nunda-Dalton gang finished the campaign at 20-0 in a 10-0 final in the battle of the Indians. The senior right hander was one hit batter away from hurling a perfect game as Flint would face just one over the minimum in the season ending victory. The game was fairly tight throughout as Keshequa plated three runs in the top of the third, an another single run in the sixth before unleashing a six-run seventh in putting the game out of reach.
For Keshequa (20-0) Alex Flint fired a no-hit shutout as she struck out 16 and hit one batter in the regular season’s finale. Coach Martha Blair’s club was paced by Haley Russell’s 2-5 with a run scored. Tessa Gordinier 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a double. Kristen Jackson had a 2-run triple in the third inning and later scored on a sacrifice by Alex Flint. Selena Erwin and Morgan Ewing each had 2-rbi doubles in the seventh inning. Grace Mehlenbacher had a hit and scored 2 runs. Alex Flint added a double, a sacrifice, an rbi and scored a run. Kate Forrester had a hit and an rbi, while Shelby Smith had a hit as well.

Wayland Food Mart 6 Union Hose 5

The Union Hose Company (Dansville) headed to Wayland to battle Food Mart in Little League baseball action on Saturday. The game was played at Victory Park which lived up to its name for the home team as the Marketeers slipped by the Hosers by a slim 6-5 final in a heartbreaker. Coach Jim Sullivan’s squad plated three runs in the first and another in the second to give Union Hose a 4-0 advantage. Coach Mike Prinzi’s Food Mart club came right back to tie things up with four runs in the third inning. The Dansville team battled back to score once in the top of the 4th to regain the lead at 5-4. The lead wouldn’t last though, as Food Mart picked up a pair of runs in the home half of the inning to pull ahead and eventually hold on for a tight 6-5 conquest of Union Hose.
For Jim Sullivan’s Hosers Tanner Dettman was 2-3 and drove in a run. Also chipping in with a hit apiece were Bryce Quibell (three stolen bases, two runs), Dan Kaszuba (two runs, two stolen bases), Zach Douglas (two rbi, run), and Nate Kelly.

Shay’s 14 Bank 8

Shay’s improved to 5-0 on the season on Thursday night (May 16) after the Truckers took care of Bank (Wayland) by a final count of 14-8 in a high-scoring affair. Jacob Failla was a one-man wrecking crew in the contests. He picked up the win on the hill working 5 strong innings allowing only two runs,as Hunter Camacho came on to preserve the win for Shay’s. At the plate Failla went 3-3 with three doubles and drove in four runs in his own behalf. Mark Lawrence and Masin Schuster also had fine performances in the victory as well.