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Miles finally coaches at Friendship, Stilson, Hopkins lead Avoca-Prattsburgh to 11-1 win (video and photo gallery)

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Dennie Miles talks to the plate umpire in Friendship on Thursday. Chris Brooks photo

Photos by CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor,

Avoca-Prattsburgh coach Dennie Miles has won 757 games in his career and coached in over 1,000. However, until Thursday, he had never coached at his alma mater, Friendship, where he was a 3-sport athlete and named the best all-time athlete in the Southern Tier in 2013.

Wearing the green, gold and maroon of Avoca-Prattsburgh, Miles led A-P to an 11-1 win on Thursday at Wellman Field in Friendship.

Avoca-Prattsburgh (8-4) will play on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown against Andover-Whitesville.

On Thursday, A-P junior Jamel Crowder scattered four hits over five innings to earn his second win of the season. Crowder struck out 13 and walked four.


At the plate for A-P, Pacey Hopkins went 4-for-4 with a triple, double, 3 RBI’s, scored three runs stole three bases while Josiah Stilson was 3-for-3 with two stolen bases and scored two runs.

Also for A-P, Haden Abbott was 3-for-4 with a RBI double and a stolen base. Macoy Putnam had two hits, 2 RBI’s, stole two bases while Sawyer Devoe (2 RBI’s) Crowder and Tucker Gerych (RBI) had hits.

Video highlights of Avoca-Prattsburgh’s 11-1 win.

For Friendship-Scio, Hunter Hill belted an RBI single in fourth to avoid the shutout, scoring Jacob Golden. Joey Bednez, Ethan Davenport and Kody Marvin also had hits for Friendship-Scio (5-7).

On defense, Bednez snared a line-shot up the middle and fired to Joey Nickerson at first for a double play and Marvin made an acrobatic play in right and also threw out a runner at the plate. Tyler Nickerson also made a great stab to catch a line drive at first.

The Scio-Friendship team will play Avoca-Prattsburgh in Avoca on Monday then go to Lima Christian on Tuesday.

Avoca-Prattsburgh 262 01 — 11 14 1

Scio-Friendship 001 00 — 1 4 2

AP: Jamel Crowder (WP, 2-0, 13K, 4BB) and Macoy Putnam

FS: Joey Bednez (3K, 3BB) and Landon Arnold

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