CLYMER - In a rain-soaked game which featured nearly as many errors as there were hits, the Clymer Pirates (9-2, 10-3) defeated the Brocton Bulldogs (8-3), 8-7, in eight innings to take the CCAA Division 4 lead Tuesday in high school baseball action.
Both teams combined for 15 runs, 14 hits and 11 errors.
"I think if you talked to both coaches, there were just some mental mistakes that were very costly for both teams," Clymer coach Dan White said. "The rain was very persistent but the umpires allowed us to play through it. They understand what kind of pinch we're in to get games in."
Brocton carried a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning with starting pitcher Scot Laurie still on the mound. With two outs and the bases loaded, Matt DeStevens hit a two-run single to bring the game within a run. Tom Heiser moved from first to third on the play but when the ball was thrown from the outfield over the Bulldog catcher's head, Heiser went home to knot the score.
The Bulldogs plated a run in the top of the eighth to take a 7-6 lead before the Pirates rallied again in the bottom half. Evan Woods led off the inning with a walk while Mitch Einink knocked a single. Jake Wiggers was walked and Dan Lictus hit an RBI sacrifice fly to tie the game. Austin Kramer then hit the ball back to Laurie, who threw the ball to home plate instead of first base. Einink escaped the ensuing rundown to score and win the game.
"This is our third come-from-behind win this season," White said. "Our team never seems out of it."
DeStevens led the Pirates with a 3-for-4 afternoon and two RBIs while Einink went 2 for 5 with two runs scored. Wiggers added a double and two runs scored in a victorious effort.
Austin Crosby started for Clymer and tossed the first five innings as he struck out three, walked six and surrendered two earned runs on five hits. Einink earned the win in relief and struck out two, walked one and allowed one run on one hit in two innings of walk.
Laurie went the distance for Brocton and wound up the hard-luck loser as he struck out nine, walked eight and allowed four earned runs on six hits.
"Laurie pitched an excellent game," White said. "I think he just started tiring out. We made him come pitch to us."
Jordan Patterson went 2 for 3 with one RBI and two runs scored while Wade Austin had a 2-for-3 day with an RBI and two runs scored in defeat for Brocton.
White's Pirates are now a win away from a league title in his first season as manager. All Clymer needs to do is beat Sherman today.
"The boys have responded to the way we coach and we've gotten better throughout the year," White said. "We've been able to put those losses behind and still keep on going. They're growing up as a baseball team."
However, if Clymer loses and Brocton beats Ripley today, it would create a three-way tie atop the standings with Clymer, Brocton and North Collins in the lead.
CCAA Division 1
ALCS 10, Fredonia 8
ALLEGANY - Allegany-Limestone put an end to Fredonia's (17-1, 11-1) season-opening 17-game winning streak Tuesday with a 10-8 win during CCAA Division 1 baseball action.
"It was a back-and-forth game," Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. "Give Allegany-Limestone all the credit in the world. They came to play. They had 11 hits and they took advantage of our free passes.
"On the plus side, we came back and we scored in every inning," Gullo continued. "We had 11 hits ourselves. Unfortunately, we flew out 13 times and we can't give teams easy outs."
Cam Voss started the game, which began on Friday, but was suspended due to rain, and went three innings, allowed three runs and walked six. Weston worked the final three innings for the Hillbillies and allowed seven runs on seven hits while striking our five and walking six.
"My guys, at this time of year, have to try and find the strike zone and put the ball in play for the defense," Gullo said. "The loss today isn't the end of the world. It's not the last time we're going to lose this year. We're just going to have to see if we can bounce back."
Nick Hart led the Hillbillies' offense with while scoring two runs in the loss. Teammates Jude Gardner and Matt Sheridan added two hits each while Cody Smith chipped in a run-scoring single in the fifth and Zach Buckley an RBI double in the sixth.
Dom Conroy picked up the win on the hill for the Gators as he went 6-2/3 innings. He allowed eight runs on 11 hits while striking out one and walking two.
The Hillbillies will be back in action on Friday when they play a double-header at Diethrick Park, in Jamestown. They will play Jamestown at 4:30 p.m. and Frewsburg at 7.
CCAA Division 3
Maple Grove 15, PVCS 6
SOUTH DAYTON - The Maple Grove Red Dragons (9-1, 10-7) pounded the Pine Valley Panthers (7-4, 9-6) early en route to a 15-6 win Tuesday in CCAA Division 3 high school baseball action.
"I think Maple Grove came out and made a statement," Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek said. "They attacked our pitcher (Tyler Swanson). They had six hits in the first two innings. It's tough when someone lays nine runs in the first two innings to come back from something like that."
Will Lucas led the barrage for the Red Dragons and finished a home run away from the cycle. He went 3 for 4 with a single, a double, a triple, a walk, three RBI and four runs. Josh Ahlstrom went 2 for 4 with a single, a double and a run while Jake Swan knocked two singles in a victorious effort.
Aaron Germain started for Maple Grove and threw three and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball, walked six, struck out two and surrendered four runs. Collin Stack finished the game and allowed two runs on four hits, walked two and struck out four.
Swanson earned the loss for Pine Valley as he allowed 12 runs on eight hits, walked seven and struck out three in four and one-third innings of work. Winfred Nelson had a triple while Josh Kilburn added a double in defeat for the Panthers.
Pine Valley hosts Forestville and Maple Grove entertains Westfield today.
Forestville 1, CLCS 0
MAYVILLE - Jake Nosbisch pitched out of a bases-loaded jam Tuesday to help preserve Forestville's 1-0 win over Chautauqua Lake during CCAA Division 3 baseball action at Chautauqua Lake Central School.
Jeff VanVlack went the first 6-2/3 innings for the Hornets and scattered five hits, struck out seven and walked two. Kyle Mayer went the distance for the Thunderbirds and allowed Forestville's run on a Buck Smith RBI single in the top of the third inning. He finished allowing five hits while striking out 13 and walking two.
Nosbisch (double) finished with a pair of hits to go with his save on the hill while Ian Clute went 3 for 3 for the Thunderbirds and stole three bases.
Chautauqua Lake, which stranded nine runners Tuesday, will face Panama today.