One was a close call, two others were one-sided. All three added up to defeat for Section VI baseball teams Saturday in the Far West Regional playoffs against Section V teams from the Rochester area.
Pittsford Sutherland rallied for three runs in the seventh innings for a 3-2 win over Niagara Orleans League champion Albion in Class A at Diethrick Stadium in Jamestown. The Knights took advantage of three Albion errors in the inning, but the key blow was a two-run double by Drew Reddish which sent home the tying and go-ahead runs. Winning pitcher Micjhael VanderZwaag allowed the Purple Eagles only three hits and one earned run.
Albion finished the season finished the season with a 16-3 record.
In Class C, Cassadaga Valley fell to Bolivar-Richburg, 11-1, in the regional played in Wellsville. Senior Reston Pettit, who is headed for St. Bonaventure, pitched five innings with eight strikeouts and two walks, and also went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI to power Bolivar-Richburg (21-3). Gary Burdick also went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in the win. B-R batted around in the first inning to take a 5-0 lead.
In Class D, Batavia Notre Dame ended the season for North Collins, 9-2. The Eagles (11-8) made a game of it for a while, rallying for two runs in the fourth for a 2-all tie. North Collins got their runs on a hit baseman, a walk, two throwing errors on one play and an infield out.
Jake Jasinski had the lone North Collins hit, a single in the fifth. Otherwise the Eagles did little against Notre Dame right-hander Alex Covel, who struck out 11.
“He was throwing harder than anybody we’ve seen all year,” said North Collins coach Paul Kellner.
ROWING: Four crews from St. Joe’s and two from Mount St. Mary and the Canisius senior eight qualified for the today’s finals of the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Championships in St. Catharine’s, Ont.
The Canisius senior eight won its heat in 6:17.57 to make today’s grand finals. One eight and three four-oared boats from St. Joe’s made it to today’s grand finals.
The St. Joe’s junior men’s eight was second in its heat to Upper Canada College. The Marauders also qualified for the finals with a lightweight four with coxswain, a junior four with coxswain and a lightweight junior four with cox. The lightweight juniors won their heat in 7:49.43.
Mount St. Mary junior eight was second in its heat, while the Thunder’s junior four of Alissa Miller-Gonzalez, Maureen Frauenheim, Theresa Rusch and Olivia Cianchetti and coxswain Emily Ngo won in 8:07.02.