By Todd Palmatier
Ellicottville drops 19-1 contest to Franklinville
Ellicottville’s Varsity Baseball team wound up on the wrong side of a 19-1 score on Monday, May 4 at Ellicottville Central School, tasting defeat at the hands of Franklinville.
Brock Blecha recorded the win for Franklinville. He tossed four innings of shutout ball. He struck out five, walked two and surrendered no hits.
Robert Sawicki took the loss for Ellicottville. He walked two and struck out three.
Franklinville never trailed after scoring three runs in the second on an RBI single by Jared Ras.
In the sixth inning, Ellicottville had its only hits and pushed across its only run of the day. Robert Sawicki started it off with a double and scored on an RBI groundout by Tyler Slaughenhaupt. Jonas Hurlburt added a single later in the inning.
On May 5, Ellicottville finished up a rain delay game vs. Scio Central School and played a second five inning game.
In game one at Scio, Preston Hutchinson went 1-3 and hit a home run, helping Ellicottville to a 10-6 victory.
Phalla Musall put together a nice outing and held Scio hitless over three innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four. He also went 2 for 3 at the plate. Ellicottville closer Tyler Slaughenhaupt put away the final 12 outs to record the save.
Adam Dodge was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed 10 runs in six innings, walked four and struck out eight.
The game’s last lead went to Ellicottville thanks to a first inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on an RBI single by Musall. Ellicottville added three more runs in the bottom of the third. The scoring was led by Jonas Hurlburt (1 for 2, 2 RBI) double, scoring Slaughenhaupt and Hunter O’Stricker (2 for 4)
Ellicottville piled on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Robert Sawicki (2 for 4, 2 RBI) kicked things off with a double, bringing home Musall and Caleb Rinko. That was followed up by Hutchinson’s two-run blast, bringing home Sawicki.
Three runs in the top of the fifth helped Scio close its deficit to 9-3. A wild pitch and a two-run home run by Trevor Claypool set off a Scio rally. The Scio threat came to an end when Slaughenhaupt finally got Dodge to ground out.
Scio scored two runs in the top of the sixth to cut its deficit to five.
After pushing across one run in the top of the seventh, Scio faced a 10-6 deficit. A sacrifice fly by Ethan Graves gave Scio life. Ellicottville’s Slaughenhaupt induced a Bryce Schoonover strike-out to close things out.
In game two, Robert Sawicki (2 for 3, 4 RBI) had two extra base hits as Ellicottville took home a 6-3 victory over Scio in five innings. He homered in the first inning and doubled in the second inning.
Griffin Chudy got the win for Ellicottville. He allowed three runs over four innings. Chudy struck out seven, walked three and gave up five hits.
Ellicottville was also led offensively by Phalla Musall who went 2 for 3.
Adam Dodge was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out none.
Ellicottville never trailed after scoring three runs in the first on a two-run homerby Sawicki and an RBI single by Chudy.
Ellicottville built its lead with three runs in the second. An error scored Austin Grinols (1 for 2) to get Ellicottville on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Sawicki’s double, bringing home Austin Whitmer and Musall.
After pushing across one run in the bottom of the fifth, Scio faced a 6-3 deficit. An RBI single by Nolan sparked a Scio rally, but Preston Hutchinson came in to pitch for the save and end the game.