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By Douglas Sciorra

Crowder’s first career victory, Gerych’s HR lead Avoca-Prattsburgh baseball to win

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Avoca-Prattsburgh slid past Andover-Whitesville on Tuesday. Photo by Cyndie Thomas Abbott.

A pitchers duel was broken up late as Avoca-Prattsburgh downed Andover-Whitesville 11-1 on Tuesday.

Avoca-Prattsburgh junior Jamel Crowder earned his first career varsity win with a complete game (six inning) 3-hitter, as he struck out seven with no walks and only threw 80 pitches.

Crowder broke the game open with a 3-RBI double in the fourth and finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and 4 RBI’s.

For Andover-Whitesville, Layton Miller gave up a first inning run, then kept A-P’s bats cold. the Andover-Whitesville defense was solid as well, as left-fielder Jacob Wagner kept the game 1-1 by throwing out a runner at third. Wagner also had a hit.

“Layton Miller pitched a nice game and really controlled the game through four innings,” said Avoca-Prattsburgh coach Dennie Miles.

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Also for A-P (5-3), Pacey Hopkins went 3-for-5 with two doubles 2 RBI’s and two runs, Tucker Gerych hit a two-run home run, his second home run in as many days, Ashton McMahon, and Sawyer Devoe (RBI double) had two hits while Chris Abbott (RBI) and Evan Campbell had hits.

For Andover-Whitesville, C.J, Estep had two hits and a RBI and Brody Carlin singled.

“Jamel’s velocity was down compared to what he is capable of, but a lot of it was the cold weather,” Miles said. “He pounded the zone with seven strikeouts and no walks.”

Avoca-Prattsburgh is at Campbell-Savona today and at Canisteo-Greenwood/J-T on Friday.

Avoca-Prattsburgh 100 532 — 11 13 1
Andover-Whitesville 001 000 — 1 3 1
Jamel Crowder (WP, 1-0), 7K’s, 0 BB and James Forte, Ashton McMahon (3)Layton Miller (K, 4BB), Brody Carlin (BB) and C.J. Estep

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