Hornell 14 Wayland-Cohocton 2
Wayland-Cohocton skipper Steve Wager would much rather have had the margin in his team’s first battle with Hornell early in the season when the Red Raiders edged the Golden Eagles 2-1 at “the Nest”. This meeting on Tuesday (May 3) at Maple City Park had some of the same names, but the outcome was by a larger margin. Hornell took the early lead & gradually extended it as the game went on. The Red Raiders blew the game wide-open in the bottom of the 6th when they batted around & scored 7 times to seal Way-Coh’s fate to the tune of 14-2. Retiring Red Raiders coach Joe Mauro was also recognized prior to the game for his many years on the bench. Joe is certainly one of the “nice guys” of the game & was a very knowledgeable and successful coach during his tenure in the Red Raiders dugout.
Under overcast skies & chilly temperatures in the southern tier the Red Raiders plated all they would need in the very first inning. After Jack Henby led off with a double, Andrew Doran singled which set up Hornell’s double steal of home & 2nd for the first run. Jake Dunn’s single drove in another, while a wild pitch gave the home team their 3rd run in the first inning. Wayland-Cohocton attempted to answer in the 2nd when Mike Feinman & John Freberg each walked. A passed ball on a third strike allowed both runners to advance. Andrue Holbrook’s infield hit scored the Golden Eagles lone run in the 3rd. Hornell got it back in the bottom half, Max O’Rourke opened with a hit. An infield grounder moved him into scoring position, where he would score on an Andrew Doran single. Hornell staged a 2-out rally in the 3rd extending the lead to 7-1. After 2 were out Jake Weyand was hit by a pitch, Matt Desenna followed with a single. Max O’ Rourke delivered the big blow with double, pushing 2 runs home, & then Jack Henby followed with a single as the scored went to 7-1. In the 4th Way-Coh scored their final run when Jack Gibson walked & Connor Englert was hit by a pitch. A runner moved to 3rd on a fly ball to right. Jason Page’s infield single scored the run. Goose eggs abounded on the scoreboard until the bottom of the 6th when Hornell scored 7 times as 12 batters came to the dish. The big hits being a bases-clearing double by Matt Desenna which drove in 3 runs….Jack Henby’s triple would knock in 2 more in the inning as the Raiders cruised to the 14-2 triumph.
Hornell’s (5-3, 2-2) Jake Dunn registered his 2nd victory over Way-Coh as he worked 6 innings for the win giving up a pair of earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 11 & walking 4. Travis Carlton pitched a scoreless & hitless 7th for the Red Raiders. Offensively for Joe Mauro’s club Jack Henby 3-5 with a double, a triple, 2 rbi’s, a stolen base & scored twice…Tyler Parker 1-2…Andrew Doran 3-4 scored 2 runs & drove one in…. Myer Spitulnik & Joe Gibson each scored a run…Jake Dunn 2-4 with an rbi & scored a run…Jake Weyand scored twice…Matt Desenna 2-4 with a double, 3 rbi’s & scored 2 runs….& Max O’Rourke 2-3 with a double, 2 rbi’s & scored 3 runs. The Red Raiders host Livonia on Friday (May 6) at 4:30pm.
Wayland-Cohocton used 5 pitchers as Jack Gibson threw 3 innings & took the loss….Eythan Briggs, John Freberg, & Pat O’Neal worked scoreless relief stints while Connor Englert also threw 2/3’s of an inning. Offensively for Wayland-Cohocton Jason Page had a hit & drove in a run…Eythan Briggs was 1-3…Mike Feinman 1-2 & scored a run….Jack Gibson scored a run….& Andrue Holbrook was 1-2 & drove in a run. Wayland-Cohocton heads to Frontier Field to tangle with rival Dansville on Wednesday night in a 5:30pm start in the city.