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High School Baseball: Eden defeats tough Alden team; Hamburg, North Collins remain unbeaten in division play

Tom Stoklosa finishes off a double-play in Frontier’s 7-6 loss to Lancaster, which came back late in the game on April 22. (Photo courtesy of Ron Larson)
Facing what many consider to be the cream of the crop in a formidable and undefeated Alden, Eden pulled out an 8-7 win on Monday (April 21).

Carson Gill picked up the win on the mound, scattering six hits and striking out six in six innings of work. Brad Palmerton picked up the save for his relief work and at the plate, was 3 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. Matt Bialy scored twice with David Baskerville picking up two RBI. Mike Seggio, Brian Losel and Declan Pierce each added two hits with Losel picking up two RBI in the win.

Down 7-5, Seggio, Losel and Gill started the bottom of the sixth with singles. Seggio scored on Losel’s hit and Pierce knocked in Losel with a single. Palmerton then hit an RBI single to score Jesse Vondell, who was pinch running for Gill.

In the seventh, Alden load the bases with two outs, but Palmerton got the next hitter to ground to second for the final out. After building a 4-0 lead in the second, Alden chipped away and had built a 6-4 lead in the fourth.

The Raiders, now 2-2 in ECIC IV and 2-4 overall, bounced back from a division-opening 6-0 loss to Tonawanda by beating Holland 7-4 after trailing early 4-0 on April 17. In the second inning, Pierce hit a two-run single to cut the lead in half, and then in the fifth, Seggio came through with a two-run double and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Brian Losel for the lead.

Pierce added a double in the sixth and scored on a past ball, while Palmerton singled and later scored. Palmerton earned the win on the mound, allowing only four hits while fanning eight.

A day later, Eden beat JFK 3-1 in a classic pitcher’s duel. Pitching his first varsity game, Baskerville kept the JFK hitters off balance with the teams deadlocked at zero until the sixth inning. In the top half of the sixth, JFK pushed a run across, but Eden responded in the bottom half with a run of its own. The Bears took a 3-1 lead in the seventh and the Raiders attempted to respond again as Pierce’s RBI-single scored Gerard Ruszczyk, who had doubled, but the game ended on a fly ball out with runners on the corners.

Despite being one of the most inexperienced squads North Collins has fielded in many years, the Eagles have jumped out of the gate quickly, winning its first four divisional games.

In beating Sherman 19-8 on Monday (April 22), senior Jared Keppel earned the win on the mound for North Collins and added two hits, five RBI and a three-RBI triple. Keppel received help on the mound from Brandon Zielinski, who came on in relief in the fifth, and Austin Winter, who finished the game pitching the final two innings.

Jacob Jasinski led the offense with three hits and five RBI. Jaden Keough added two hits and two RBI, while Brandon Zielinski contributed a two-RBI double. Jordan Keough, Chris Pulinski, Joey English and Austin Winter each added hits in the win.

In the game prior, a 13-3 victory over visiting Ellicottville, Keppel earned the win on the mound in the five-inning affair. He struck out 10 batters along the way, while adding three hits and five RBI, including a solo homer in the third. Zielinski added three hits and five RBI and Jaden Keough, Kyle Loretto and Jasinski collected the remaining hits.

North Collins came from behind to win a slugfest at West Valley 21-16 on April 17. After trailing 8-0 through three innings, the Eagles soared back with eight runs in the fourth to tie the game and bounced back again following West Valley taking back the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Austin Winter came up big with two hits late in the game and five RBI, while David Fera collected a three-RBI triple in the sixth to give North Collins the lead for good. Zielinski earned his first varsity win in relief and also notched two hits and two RBI. The Eagles are now 4-2 overall.

Hamburg keeps on winning in ECIC II play, beating Williamsville East 9-7 on Monday (April 22) after knocking off five-time defending division champion Iroquois 10-3 on April 18. Both games were on the road. Cam Ringo threw six strong innings and Brett Ross had four hits and three RBI against East. Hamburg is now 4-0 in ECIC II and won three of those games by two runs or less.

On Saturday (April 20), Frontier knocked off Hamburg 11-2 in non-league action behind a complete-game three-hitter from senior hurler Brandon Jewett, who struck out seven. Frontier also landed its first ECIC I win over Williamsville North, 5-2, on April 17 as junior starting pitcher Jim Gleason struck out 13.

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