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Hillbillies impress with 11-3 win over Chautauqua Lake

May 16, 2017
By Jon Feniello - , Westfield Republican

The Fredonia Hillbillies beat the Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds 11-3 on Monday in CCAA 1 West baseball. Lucas Voss struck out 12 in five innings, giving up eight hits without a walk.

"Chautauqua Lake came out on fire," said Fredonia coach Vince Gullo. "Lucas made adjustments as the game went on, although he threw some balls over the plate too much."

Chautauqua Lake (4-7, 1-6) began the scoring in the bottom of the first. After Kyle Smith led off with a single, Devin Pope and Bryce Rowe each followed with an RBI single.

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Fredonia pitcher Lucas Voss delivers a pitch Monday during Fredonia’s game against Chautauqua Lake.

Fredonia (9-3, 7-1) rallied with two runs in the top of the second. The Hillbillies took advantage of walks and a single by Tyler Winchell to tie the game at two. The Thunderbirds top of the order continued with another strong outing in the second inning. After Kyle Smith's double, Kyler Majka hit an RBI single up the middle to give the home team the lead.

"I was happy with our approach to the plate," according to Chautauqua Lake coach Bryan Bongiovanni. "Voss is a great pitcher and we were able to get several hits, which is a positive sign at the end of the season."

Fredonia opened up the game in the fourth inning with a few free passes and stolen bases. Ryan Mroczka's sacrifice fly to right and Reid Tarnowski's RBI single gave the Hillbillies a 5-3 lead. Fredonia added two more runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Seth Schrader's RBI double. The Hillbillies erupted for four more runs in the seventh inning with the key hit being a two RBI double by Trey Swartz. "We worked a few walks and had some good timely hitting," said Gullo.

Tarnowski ended up with three hits for Fredonia while Pope went a perfect 4 for 4 from the plate for Chautauqua Lake.

"Devin looked great at the plate," said Bongiovanni. "His last few games he has lit it up. When he does well, we all do better offensively."

Pope took the loss for the Thunderbirds giving up two hits and nine walks in 3 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

"We played well at the start of the game," said Bongiovanni. "However, Fredonia is a tough, deep team with a lot of tough outs and they eventually took control of the game. This loss does not define our season. We will come back and play our game for the remainder of the season."



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