JAMESTOWN — The No. 1-ranked small school in Western New York won a sectional championship at its second home Friday and is ready to return to Diethrick Park for another swing at a regional title.
Sophomore Cameron Voss pitched a complete game to stay unbeaten on the year and Zack Buckley drove in two runs and scored the third as Fredonia beat the No. 2-ranked small school, Tonawanda, 3-1, in the Section VI Class B final.
Playing for the fourth time this season at the home of the New York-Penn League’s Jamestown Jammers, the Hillbillies won their fifth Class B title since 2005 and will now play the Section V champion on Tuesday at Diethrick Park in the Far West Regionals.
“We like playing here,” said Voss, who struck out nine batters while allowing three hits and no earned runs. “We’ve been pretty successful here and we hope to continue it during the Far West game.”
“We have good memories on this field,” Fredonia coach Vince Gullo said. “They treat us fantastic here at Jamestown. It’s our home away from home. It’s a great opportunity for our kids. It’s a beautiful field. They feel big-time and they play big-time when they’re here.”
Fredonia scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Nicholas Hart led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice by Trent Thompson. Weston Ley then drew a walk and both runners advanced on a passed ball.
Buckley then lined a 3-2 pitch over the center fielder’s head to drive in Thompson and Ley, and two batters later, Voss drove in Buckley with a sacrifice fly.
“We knew we were going to get some runs,” said Buckley, the Hillbillies’ catcher. “We were working for one run an inning and we had a good inning there in the third, got some runs and kept it there on defense.”
“He’s really on right now,” Gullo said. “He always makes good contact. He seldom has a poor at-bat. He’s a senior, he was chosen as the best athlete in our school earlier today. To have him come here and give our sophomore pitcher all that confidence behind the plate is big.”
Voss threw eight straight balls in the fifth inning to walk home the Warriors’ lone run.
When a walk and a fielding error put the tying run on base for Tonawanda in the seventh, Voss struck out two straight and ended the game with a ground ball.
“I can’t say enough about Cam and his composure out there,” Gullo said. “When he throws strikes, he’s unbeatable. The only time he gets in trouble is when he gets a little wild and he hasn’t been wild the past month.”
Jude Gardner added two hits for Fredonia. Hart also hit a double.
Fredonia lost last year’s Far West Regional game against Wayland Cohocton in Dansville. The Hillbillies led by one run going into the final inning, but the game was suspended due to darkness and Wayland Cohocton came back to win.
“We didn’t like how it played out last year, but we are going to try and change that for this year,” Voss said.
“We felt a little bit shorted last year,” Gullo said. “Now we don’t have anyone to blame if it doesn’t work out but ourselves.”