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Baker perfect, Oyer blasts four hits as Hornell advances in sectionals with win over BK (Steve Harrison photo gallery)

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HORNELL — The Hornell Red Raiders baseball team used a team effort and good pitching from three arms in a 21-1 victory over Bishop Kearney in the Section V Class B1 quarterfinals.

No. 2 Hornell (16-4) will host No. 6 Batavia (14-8) on Friday night. Batavia upset No. 3 Geneva (14-6), 16-2 in Geneva on Wednesday.

Also in the Class B1 bracket, No. 1 Pal-Mac (20-0) beat No. 8 Newark, 20-7 and No. 4 Aquinas beat No. 5 North Rose-Wolcott/Red Creek, 6-1.

“It was a good win all around that allowed us to get everyone in the game and get a little taste of sectional play,” said Hornell coach Jake Kenney. “We were able to be smart with our pitching and didn’t over extend anybody which is huge in the playoffs.

“We’ve got Batavia coming to town in a rematch from last years first round,” Kenney continued. “They are a really good team who will be ready to play so we hope to have a good day of practice Thursday and come ready for a battle on Friday.”

Hornell catcher Nick Oyer had a monster game going 4-for-5 with a triple, double and 3 RBI’s.

Haley Cullen was 3-for-3 with a triple, two doubles, Gates Miller had a hit and RBI, Wyatt Argentieri had a hit and run, Jake Ponticello had a RBI, Griffyn Baker had two hits and three runs, Wyatt Evingham had a double and scored two runs, Drew Mason had two hits, a double, 2 RBI’s and scored two runs while Charlie Oyer had a hit and a run and Gennaro Picco had a RBI and run.

On the mound, Griffyn Baker was nearly perfect. He threw three innings and struck out 8 of the 9 batter he faced. the other hitter was a groundout to … Baker.

Gates Miller threw the fourth and fifth, striking out four with no walks and one hit. Matt McKee threw the final two innings with four strikeouts and two hits.

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NO. 8 NEWARK (8-14) 7
Palmyra-Macedon remained unbeaten and advanced to the semifinals behind an offensive explosion that featured 17 hits. Ian Goodness went 4-for-4 with a triple, double, three runs scored, and three RBI. Paul Goodness drove in four runs and scored twice while going 3-for-4. Chris Finocchario crossed home four times and plated two more while going 2-for-4 with a triple. Alex Wootton went 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, two RBI, and two runs scored. Ian Goodness and Paul Goodness combined to pitch the full seven innings and strike out five. Gabriel Carabello and Max Youungman led Neark with two RBI each. The Red Raiders will play Aquinas.

NO. 4 AQUINAS (13-7) 6
Tré Walker finished with two hits, three RBI and two runs scored to pace the Li’l Irish. Walker singled and scored in the third inning when Aquinas took a 2-1 lead. He tripled, drove in a run in the fifth and eventually scored in the frame for a three-run lead. Caleb Wilson started and struck out seven over four innings to pick up the win. The junior allowed one run on six hits and two walks. Aiden Morris worked three innings of scoreless relief. Morris and Wilson both scored a run apiece. Will Scanlon went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jake Wiepert was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Joe Randise singled and crossed home. Logan Caves went 3-for-4 with a run scored to pace North Rose-Wolcott/Red Creek. Nolan Sears doubled and drove in a run. Alan Anthony, Cody Crane, Nick Gilbert and Austin Smith added a hit apiece for NR-W/Red Creek. Aquinas will play unbeaten Palmyra-Macedon in the Class B1 semifinals.

NO. 6 BATAVIA (13-8) 16
NO. 3 GENEVA (13-6) 2
Cole Grazioplene fell a double short of the cycle as the sophomore paced the high-scoring Batavia offense. Grazioplene finished the game 4-for-4 with a home run, a triple, four runs scored, and three RBI. Parker Kleinbach added a two-run home run, and Mekhi Fortes went 2-for-4 with five RBI. Jesse Reinhart chipped in a triple and two runs scored, and Vincent Grazioplene recorded two hits alongside two runs scored and an RBI. Reinhart hurled five innings and struck out 10 while allowing three hits. Batavia will play second-seeded Hornell in the semifinals.


NO. 8 ATTICA (10-9) 3
NO. 1 HAVERLING (17-2) 16
AJ Brotz led the Haverling offensive explosion with a team-high four RBI. Brotz went 2-for-3 with a home run and four runs scored. Gavin Buckley and Collin Coots both drove in three runs. Buckley had one hit, and Coots went 1-for-2. Zach Musso went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Evan Pendle collected two hits and an RBI for Haverling. Keefer Calkins, Alex Beyler, Gage Thomas, Owen Smith, Corey Had, and Ethan Brotz all had one hit for the Rams. Musso got the start and the win with three innings pitched. Musso struck out five and allowed three hits. AJ Brotz pitched two innings, and Smith and Buckley both hurled one. Top-seeded Haverling will go against Livonia in the Class B2 semifinals.

NO. 5 WELLSVILLE (11-10) 6
NO. 4 LIVONIA (12-9) 7
Livonia plated six runs in the second inning and held on to advance to the semifinals. Conner Benitez pitched a complete game and struck out eight while allowing eight hits. Benitez went 2-for-4 with and RBI at the plate. Jack Kearney went 1-for-3 with two RBI for the Bulldogs, and Jake Watkins went 2-for-3 with a run scored. The Bulldogs will play Haverling in the semifinals.

NO. 3 PENN YAN (9-8) 0
Ethan Loop‘s RBI single in the top of the sixth inning scored Markus Brehm with the game’s only run. Michael Gammell pitched a five-hit shutout with three strike outs and one walk. The Eagles will play second-seeded LeRoy for a spot in the Class B2 championship game.

NO. 10 MIDLAKES (7-13) 3
NO. 2 LEROY (14-6) 4
Down 3-0, Robbie Newmark got the Oatkan Knights on the board with a double that plated Ethan Miller who got on with a single. Newmark came around to score on a ball put in play by Alex Spezzano. Luke Caccamise delivered the game-winning hit with a line drive in center field that scored two. Ryan Higgins earned the win for LeRoy. Higgins hurled six innings, struck out seven, and allowed four hits and one earned run. Spezzano closed the game with a scoreless seventh featuring two strikeouts. LeRoy will play Wayland-Cohocton in the semifinals.


NO. 1 SODUS (14-4) 3 (8 Innings)
Zach Marlow delivered the walk-off hit in the eighth which helped top-seeded Sodus survive. Braydn Orbaker started the inning with a hit by pitch, and stole second before coming around to score on the Marlow single. Marlow finished 1-for-4. Brady McCarthy went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Jacob Laird finished 2-for-4, and Ethan Laird ended 2-for-4 with a run scored. Logan Bulman got the win on the mound with a complete game effort. Bulman struck out 12 and allowed two runs (one earned) in his eight innings. Sodus will play fourth-seeded Avon in the Class C1 semifinals.

NO. 5 GENESEO (9-11) 5
NO. 4 AVON (10-8) 12
Jack Browne and Christopher Kashorek both hit a two-run home run which paced the Avon offense and helped send the Braves to the semifinals. Browne ended the game 2-for-4 with three RBI. Kashorek went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a double, and four RBI. Andrew Rowland pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts. Rowland allowed three earned runs on seven hits while going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI at the plate. Evan Masten went 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Michael Rowland pitched in two hits in three at-bats with an RBI. Avon will go up against top-seeded Sodus in the semifinals.

NO. 6 ADDISON (9-9) 5
NO. 3 WILLIAMSON (11-6) 9
Alan Bouwens finished 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored while Adrian Cramer went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice, a run scored and an RBI to lead Williamson. Tim Vos 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Matt DeFisher was 1-for-2, reached on a hit by pitch, walked, scored a run and had an RBI. Tyler Morse singled, walked twice, scored two runs and added an RBI. Matt Jackson drove in two runs with a double. David DeFisher walked and scored a run. Tommy Hargrave was 2-for-3 with a double, walk and a run scored to lead Addison. Bryce Kriner finished 2-for-4 with a double while Dakota Herrington singled, walked twice and scored twice. Camden Mahnke was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Trent Watson and Jacob Howe both singled and scored. Williamson will play Letchworth in the next round.

NO. 7 ALEXANDER (9-11) 1
NO. 2 LETCHWORTH (13-4) 6
Letchworth will play third-seeded Williamson in the semifinals.


NO. 8 YORK (6-9) 0
Bryceton Berry and Gavin Schrader combined to one-hit York as Notre Dame Batavia moved on to the semifinals. Berry struck out eight over his six innings of work. Ryan Fitzpatrick got the scoring started for the Fighting Irish with a two-run single in the first inning. Hayden Groff doubled in the fourth, stole third, and crossed home following a single from Colin McCulley. Notre Dame-Batavia will play Campbell-Savona.

NO. 5 GANANDA (11-7) 0
Campbell-Savona moved on to the Class C2 semifinals behind a walk-off single by Kade Cochran. Kaden Bolt got the bottom of the seventh rolling with a two-out single. Colin Klemann walked to set up Cochran for his RBI single that plated the lone run of the game. Cochran also earned the win on the mound for Campbell-Savona with a complete game effort that featured 14 strikeouts. The senior allowed just two hits and four walks throughout his seven innings. Bolt ended the game 3-for-4 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. Campbell-Savona will play top-seeded Notre Dame Batavia in the Class C2 semifinals.

NO. 6 WARSAW (9-9) 4
NO. 3 KENDALL (12-5) 2
Ty Joy and Lucas Cornell combined to throw a no-hitter for Warsaw. Joy earned the win on the mound for the Tigers with six strikeouts over five innings of work. Cornell worked the final two innings. Joy and Patrick Klump paced the Tigers on offense with two hits each. Joy finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, and Kump ended 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, one run scored, and a stolen base. Bailey Schell added a 1-for-2 night with an RBI and two runs scored. Justin Baker plated one for Warsaw. The tigers will play Oakfield-Alabama in the semifinals.

NO. 7 CUBA-RUSHFORD (10-12) 1
Brayden Smith drove in five runs which paced Oakfield-Alabama’s offensive outbreak. Smith finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles, three run scored, and five RBI. Gaige Armbewster added a 2-for-3 evening with a home run (inside the park) to go along with two RBI and two runs scored. Aiden Warner went 4-for-4 with a triple, one RBI, and three runs scored. Bodie Hyde and Cooper Colantonio both recorded two hits and two RBI. Kyle Porter went 3-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored alongside 3.2 innings pitched and eight strikeouts. Colton Yasses hurled 2.2 innings and struck out four. Oakfield-Alabama will play sixth-seeded Warsaw.


NO. 8 LYNDONVILLE (7-12) 4
Camdyn MacDonell and Trey Bucholz combined for seven RBI as top-seeded Bolivar-Richburg cruised to the Class C3 semifinals. MacDonell finished 3-for-4 including a home run and a triple while plating four and scoring two times. Bucholz singled twice in four at-bats and plated three while scoring once. Wyatt Karnuth drove in two more with one triple in three at-bats. Evan Pinney recorded an RBI while going 1-for-3 with a run scored. Landon Danaher added a 2-for-4 game with two runs scored from the leadoff role. Danaher, Caden Allen, and Reiss Gaines combined to strike out 12 on the mound. The Wolverine will play the Wolves in the semifinals.

NO. 4 RED JACKET (10-7) 2
Salvatore Timpani limited Red Jacket to five hits and two runs over seven innings of work. Timpani held Red Jacket hitless through five innings, and struck out 11 in the game. This marked the fifth complete game of the season for the starter. Ben Friedberg got the offense started for Harley-Allendale-Columbia in the first inning with a triple and came around to score on the same play thanks to an error. The Wolves added two more runs in the sixth inning behind RBI singles from Cai Rogers and Jose Marrero. Friedberg ended with two runs and two hits, Timpani had two hits, and Rogers ended with a pair of base-knocks. HAC will play top-seeded Bolivar-Richburg in the semifinals.

NO. 6 KESHEQUA (7-12) 0
Evan Rainiewicz shut out Keshequa with 6.2 strong innings. Raniewicz scattered three hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Casey Decker led the Caledonia-Mumford offensively with a 3-for-4 game which featured four RBI. Kyle Wade and Luke Donaghue added two hits each, and Alex Carnes had a two-run single. The Red Raiders will go up against second-seeded Northstar in the semifinals.

NO. 2 NORTHSTAR (14-4) 12
Senior Steven Merkel paced Northstar with five RBI and three stolen bases. Merkel finished 4-for-4 with two doubles. Tim Leary got the win on the mound with f.2 innings pitched. Leary allowed just one earned run. Northstar will face off with Caledonia-Mumford in the Class C3 semifinals.


NO. 9 LIMA (5-9) 4
NO. 1 FILLMORE (14-3) 13
Top-seeded Fillmore will play C.G. Finney in the Class D semifinals.

NO. 5 HONEOYE (8-10) 5
NO. 4 C. G. FINNEY (12-7) 8
C.G. Finney will get top-seeded Fillmore in the Class D semifinals.

NO. 3 NAPLES (12-6) 13
Ryan Lester helped pace the Naples offense with a night that featured a triple, a double, and a single. Lester finished the night with one RBI and a home run shy of the cycle. Owen Hulbert collected three hits and two RBI. Cade Rathbun chipped in three RBI himself, and both Adam Bay and Jackson Brahm had an RBI single. Max Ryan and Drew Reigelsperger each pitched in a double. Charlie Grove got the start for Naples and struck out four over six innings. Grove earned the win and allowed four runs (one earned) over one hit. Naples will play Avoca/Prattsburgh in the next round.

Avoca/Prattsburgh senior Ashton McMahon plated both Haden Abbott and Jamel Crowder with a single which accounted for all the offense in the win. Crowder led the inning off with a double and Abbott walked. Pacey Hopkins and Christopher Abbott both collected singles for Avoca/Prattsburgh. The Vikings will go against Naples in the semifinals.

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