By Todd Palmatier
Baseball/Softball Season Takes Off
The Ellicottville varsity baseball team beat Sherman 9-0 in seven innings on Saturday at St. Bonaventure University (SBU) after a five-run explosion in the fifth inning.
Ellicottville scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Caleb Rinko, an error, a groundout by Robert Sawicki, an RBI triple by Preston Hutchinson, and an RBI single by Tyler Slaughenhaupt. Hutchinson reached base three times in the game for Ellicottville. He scored one run and had one RBI. ECS Pitcher Sawicki struck out 10 hitters en route to the Ellicottville win. He tossed six innings of shutout ball and allowed only three hits.
The game was never in doubt after the first inning, as Ellicottville scored one run on an RBI single by Slaughenhaupt. Ellicottville built upon its lead with two runs in the second. An error scored Griffin Chudy for the inning’s first run.
In Game 2, Ellicottville lost to Sherman 21-17 despite a great offense. Sawicki had two extra-base hits for Ellicottville, then tripled in the second and sixth innings and singled in the first and seventh innings.
Sherman easily handled Ellicottville pitching as six hitters combined for 11 hits, 14 RBIs and 18 runs scored.
Chudy ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss.
The top of the first saw Ellicottville take an early lead, 5-0. The Ellicottville attack began with a single from Sawicki. Ellicottville pushed more runs across when Phalla Musall scored on an RBI single by Slaughenhaupt and Sawicki scored on an RBI single by Austin Whitmer.
Ellicottville matched its three-run third inning with three more in the seventh. In the third, Ellicottville scored on an RBI single by Jonas Hurlburt, plating Austin Whitmer.
The lead stayed with Sherman after the fifth, though, when it scored seven runs on three singles.
Four runs in the top of the sixth helped Ellicottville close its deficit to 17-14. A two-run single by Hunter Ostricker and a two-run single by Chudy sparked Ellicottville’s rally.
On Monday, Ellicottville fell 13-1 to North Collins despite Phalla Musall’s two-hit day at the dish. Musall did his best to jumpstart the offense for Ellicottville, reaching base three times. He singled in the first and fourth innings.
David Lynch got it done on the rubber on the way to North Collins’ win. He allowed one run over 2 1/3 innings. Lynch struck out four, walked six and gave up one hit.
North Collins was sparked by Brandon Zielinski and Dylan Winter, who teamed up for eight hits and six RBIs.
Tyler Slaughenhaupt took the loss for Ellicottville. He allowed 11 runs in six innings, walked six and struck out one.
In Eagles modified baseball, the North Collins Eagles bested Ellicottville by a score of 14-8 on Monday afternoon. This was the first time the modified team had been on the diamond. The Eagles were led by Brenden Finn who was 2-3 and Steven Rowland who was also 2-3.
In softball, the varsity girls are off to a 2-1 record behind the staunch pitching of freshmen Evelyn Cortez, who recorded 16 strikeouts over the three games. On Saturday the Eagles beat Sherman in a double header 13-2 and 14-2 with Alexis Woodin and Morgan Zlockie leading the offensive charge. On Monday the Eagles lost a hard fought battle to North Collins in 8 innings, 14-11.
The Eagles modified team lost their season opener to the North Collins Eagles, 16-15.