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Steamers drop the opener but rebound to lead Mansfield 10-3

The Hornell Steamers fell behind early and could never fully recover as they fell 13-5 to the Olean Oilers in the 2022 season opener for both teams.

Olean jumped out took advantage of four Steamer errors in the first two innings and jumped out to a 5-1 lead. The Steamers scored in the bottom of the 1st on a RBI single by Roland Ryan (Trevecca Nazarene).

Hornell and Olean scored a pair in the 4th. Paxton Hughes (Trevecca Nazarene) hit a sac fly and Colton Burd (Indana U of PA) hit a RBI single.

The Oilers scored on a balk in the 7th to make it 8-3, but Hornell almost tied it up in the bottom half of the inning. Bryson Rigsby (Webster) hit a RBI double and scored when Torrey Roper (Indiana U of PA) drew a bases loaded walk. The Steamers had the tying run on base when Harrison Lough was able to get the final out.

Olean added five runs in the 8th to put the game out of reach. The Steamers stranded 16 runners on base including leaving the bases loaded three times.

Burd and Peyton Johnson (Indiana U of PA) were each 3 for 5 for the Hornell while Brody Burdett (Alfred State), BJ Arnold (Mercyhurst), and Rigsby each had two hits.

Andrew Sillenger (3 for 7), Blaise Zeiders (3 for 6), and Mitchell Grosch (3 for 5) led the Oilers offense. Olean finished the night with 18 hits.

Hornell will look to bounce back tomorrow when they travel to Mansfield to take on the Destroyers. First pitch is at 5:30 p.m.

The Hornell Steamers led 10-3 after seven innings before darkness forced the suspension of their contest at Mansfield on Tuesday. The two teams will complete the game in the near future.

Hornell is on the road again tomorrow when they head to Dansville for a 5 p.m. contest with the Gliders.

The game is sponsored by Noyes Hospital and they will be collecting funds for the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center. Prior to the game they will be honoring all who have fought cancer and will be inviting them to have a moment on the field. If you are attending the game and have had cancer, they would like to honor you. Contact Lynn White at [email protected]

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