Falconer's experience showed Friday as it handed Dunkirk (5-4, 4-2) an 11-1 defeat Friday in CCAA Division I west high school baseball.
The Golden Falcons (3-3), starting seven seniors, pounded out 19 hits while ace pitcher Mike Wilcox have up just three hits and struck out 13.
"Wilcox was spot on," Dunkirk coach Frank Jagoda said. "He mixed his pitches well. He kept the ball down, especially early on. I think he has a second gear. He can rear back and get a little extra when he wants to. It was good to see a No. 1 ace for us. It was good experience for the younger guys."
OBSERVER?Photo by Lisa Monacelli
Dunkirk’s Gianni DeJesus avoids being picked off at first base ahead of the tag from Falconer first baseman Gibson Stewart (6) during Friday’s CCAA?West I high school baseball game.
The visitors scored two runs in the first inning thanks to a few errors by the Marauders' infield.
"The first inning we were poor and didn't get (starting pitcher) Gianni DeJesus any backing in the field," Jagoda said. "The other errors weren't as glaring because Falconer really hit the ball. They pounded it well."
Dunkirk's lone run came in the fifth inning as Nate Skubis drilled a two-out home run.
DeJesus went four innings and was relieved by Devaun Farnham-DeJesus. Troy Smith-Petrella pitched the seventh inning.
"It was Gianni's second varsity start," Jagoda noted. "I think it was a good learning experience for all of us (Friday). Devaun pitched well as an eighth grader. He hasn't been on the mound yet. The first batter he threw to he struck out."
Skubis was Dunkirk's lone offensive threat with two hits.
The Golden Falcons' cleanup hitter Gibson Stewart had four hits with a double while No. 9 hitter Chris Elderkin got on base four times with three singles and a walk. Leadoff hitter Jacob Youngberg had three hits as did Kyle Peterson. James Schwab and Wilcox each had two hits for the winners.
The Marauders will host Southwestern on Sunday at 3 p.m.