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By Robert Cornell

Baseball: Hornell, McKee shut out Red Jacket, Hopkins grand slam, Patterson ‘D’ lifts Avoca-Prattsburgh

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Avoca-Prattsburgh’s Sawyer DeVoe and Pacey Hopkins during a pitching change.

RED JACKET — As Hornell is battling for the No. 2 seed and home field advantage in sectionals through the finals, a tough Red Jacket team was in the way Friday.

However, Matt McKee tossed a five-inning shutout, facing just 16 batters in a 2-hitter as Hornell downed Red Jacket, 11-0.

The Red Raiders end the season with Perry today.

“Everything seemed to click tonight,” said Hornell coach Jake Kenney. “Matt McKee was getting early contact from their hitters and we played very well defensively after a few rough defensive games the last few.”

Gates Miller ( double, 2 RBIs), Griffyn Baker (3 RBIs, stolen base) and Gennaro Picco (two runs, RBI) had two hits for Hornell while Wyatt Argentieri had a RBI double, Jake Ponticello doubled ad Shawn Rose (two runs, RBI) had a hit.

“We had good at bats up and down the lineup all game and put a lot of pressure on them to make plays,” said Kenney. “I would say this was our most complete game of the year so far. Hopefully we can continue to build off of this.”

Avoca-Prattsburgh 15, Alfred-Almond 1

AVOCA — Sophomore Chris Abbott can sit back and smile at his regular season pitching performances. In four appearances, he went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA for Avoca-Prattsburgh and won on Senior Night with a 15-1 victory over Alfred-Almond.

Abbott went four innings, struck out three and gave up one hit and one unearned run for the win. At the plate he went 3-for-3 with two RBI’s a run scored and a stolen base.

The bat of Pacey Hopkins was the offensive story. The senior went 3-for-3 with a grand slam, double and 6 RBI’s Senior Sam Patterson had a RBI and a single and made two outstanding plays at third base.

Haden Abbott had two hits while Sawyer Devoe (RBI), senior Ashton McMahon had hits and Josiah Stilson had a RBI.

“Pacey had six hits all last season and this season, he’s one of our best and has 15 doubles, a triple and home run with 26 hits. He’s one of five players with 20 hits and has solidified the lineup,” said Avoca-Prattsburgh coach Dennie Miles. “Alfred-Almond hit the ball well, but Sam Patterson was a Hoover at third base eating up ground balls and Hopkins played another solid game at shortstop.”

A-P locked up the No. 2 seed in Class D sectionals which starts next week.

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