In his final game as a 12-year-old at his home Little League park, Hank Sinkey Field, Wellsville’s Tyler Vogel used his arm and his bat to help deliver his team a District 2 Championship on Sunday in Wellsville.
Vogel held Ellicottville/Cattaraugus-Little Valley hitless over four innings and hit a two-run home run as Wellsville won, 10-0.
On the mound, Vogel stuck out eight of the 16 batters he faced and was 2-for-2 at the plate and scored twice.
After a scoreless first, Wellsville took a 2-0 lead in the second as Derek Colman hit a double to drive in Bryce Rahr. A pinch runner, Brody Carlin, later scored on a passed ball.
Wellsville took control of the game for good in the third, scoring five runs on five hits as A.J. Cowburn, Vogel, Kason Grover, Jack Cicirello and Eli Tanner each hit singles.
In the fourth, Trenton Green singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Cowburn drove him in with a single and Vogel hit his home run for a 10-0 lead.
By holding ECLV, the “home” team by coin flip, off the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, Wellsville won the game by the 10-run tournament mercy rule.
Cowburn was 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored two runs.
An ECLV win would have forced a winner-take-all game Monday night in the double-elimination tournament. However, with Wellsville’s win, it advances to the Section 1 West Tournament this weekend, starting Saturday at noon at the Penfield Little League Complex against the District 3 Tournament winners.
ECLV 9, Fillmore 7
Ellicottville/Cattaraugus-Little Valley held off a late-game rally by Fillmore, winning Saturday to advance to the championship of the District 2 Little League 10-12-year-old baseball tournament in Wellsville.
ECLV avenged an opening 5-3 loss to secure a finals date with unbeaten Wellsville.
On Saturday, ECLV led 7-2 before Fillmore put together a five-run bottom of the fifth inning that featured doubles by Garrett Lester and Jack Boon (2 RBIs).
ECLV answered with two runs in the top of the sixth.
Fillmore’s James Hillman reached on an error to start the bottom of the sixth and Nolan Krzaminski walked, but ECLV’s infielders stopped the rally with a strong defensive stand.
ECLV collected 10 hits — all singles — led by Cameron Mendell (3 RBIs), Thomas Bonin (3 runs) and Peyton Bradley (RBI, 2 runs) with two each.
Brayden Young started on the mound for ECLV and struck out seven batters and allowed one hit over 4 1/3 innings. Bradley came on in relief, striking out three and holding Fillmore hitless in the last 1 2/3 innings.
ECLV 7, B-R/Cuba 4
Winning an elimination game on July 2, ECLV advanced to the District 2 semifinals in Wellsville.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, ECLV never trailed. Cameron Mendell was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. Peyton Bradley was 1-for-4 with two RBI and Brayden Young was 1-for-1, scoring twice. Thomas Bonin scored twice and Coleman Carls scored once.
Young struck out eight over 2 2/3 innings, allowing three hits. In relief, Peyton Bradley and the ECLV defense held B-R/C to two hits for the remaining 3 1/2 innings.
For B-R/C, Ethan Coleman was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and scored three times. Dean Frank was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Adam Schaffer also scored.
Eli Sleggs started on the mound for B-R/C, striking out seven batters and allowing four hits over 3 2/3 innings. Finn Ricketts pitched the remainder of the game and held ECLV to one hit while striking out four.