MAYVILLE — Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s soccer group has change into a juggernaut on the gridion the previous few seasons.
In its infancy on the diamond, the Wolfpack baseball program is off to an excellent begin.
Derek Sears threw two-hit ball via 5 innings and C/S/P used a pair of massive innings to take a snug lead en path to a 9-0 shutout of Chautauqua Lake in Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Affiliation Division 2 West motion Friday.
“Derek did a extremely good job on the mound. I preach to all of my pitchers to assault the zone and don’t waste pitches,” C/S/P head coach Jake Marino stated. “We’re in a dash of a season so go proper at guys. Throw numerous strikes and let our protection play.”
The Wolfpack improved to 4-0 total and within the league on the season.
“The large factor is our management,” Marino stated about his group’s spectacular begin. “Now we have some actually good seniors, and different guys who’re main the group, who come out and are able to assault each single day.”
The Thunderbirds, in the meantime, continued an up-and-down season, falling to 5-3 total and 2-3 within the league.
“We’re trying to find consistency,” Chautauqua Lake head coach Bryan Bongiovanni stated, “not a lot bodily, however the psychological piece.”
Clymer and Sherman have been a merged program the final time baseball was performed in the course of the 2019 season, however Panama was its personal group. That isn’t the case anymore as all three make up the Wolfpack, and are taking part in on the Class C degree this spring.
“These guys have been taking part in soccer collectively for some time now,” Marino stated. “These guys all know one another, they’re finest associates on and off the sector, in order that they have actual good chemistry.”
C/S/P wasted no time taking the lead Friday as Austin White led off the sport with a double to right-center area and moved to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt by Sears earlier than a dropped throw allowed White to attain on the play.
The Wolfpack added 4 runs within the second inning thanks to 3 hits and an error by the Thunderbirds. Kurtis Olsen led off with a single to middle area and went to 3rd on Blake Kopta’s one-out single to left area. After a stolen base and a stroll, Sears hit a two-out, two-run single to middle area.
“The opposite group goes to attain runs, however it’s about limiting that and performing some harm management,” Bongiovanni stated. “When you begin giving up a number of three- or four-run innings, it’s going to be a problem to return again.”
Chautauqua Lake’s second pitcher of the day entered and induced a groundball, however an error allowed C/S/P’s third run of the inning to attain. After a wild pitch and successful batter, Micah Willink walked to drive in a run and make it 5-0.
Gabe Roth walked with the bases loaded within the third inning to drive within the Wolfpack’s sixth run earlier than a three-run fourth inning. Willink was hit by a pitch and stole second earlier than Keith Gormley reached on a one-out error. Willink then scored on an errant pickoff throw from the catcher earlier than Kopta drove in a run and reached on an error forward of a stroll to No. 9 hitter Ian Dunnewold. The Thunderbirds’ third pitcher entered and gave up an infield single earlier than an RBI fielder’s alternative by Roth.
“Proper now, we’re struggling to take satisfaction within the little issues. That’s typically the distinction in these video games,” Bongiovanni stated. “In case you have a look at the guide, these little issues add up. Earlier than you realize it, you might be down six or 7-0 and the opposite group hasn’t actually performed a lot.”
Because it turned out, the primary run was sufficient for Sears, who stymied a Chautauqua Lake offense that scored 9 runs Wednesday in Frewsburg. Sears struck out three and walked two.
“They’re making pitches,” Marino stated of his pitching workers. “That’s the wonderful thing about baseball: you may make a mistake and it could possibly nonetheless be an out.”
Nate Engdahl, Kalen Miller, Luke Waters, Jaylen Parkhurst and Tate Olson mixed to strike out 10, however walked seven and hit three batters for the Thunderbirds, who will look to get again within the win column Monday at dwelling in opposition to Maple Grove.
“Baseball is a straightforward sport if you may make it that,” Bongiovanni stated. “In case you throw strikes, you make the routine performs within the area and you set the ball in play to make the opposite group earn it on the defensive facet, these are the groups which are profitable.”
C/S/P, in the meantime, will put its unblemished document on the road that very same afternoon in Sinclairville in opposition to Cassadaga Valley.
“The coaches are working rather well collectively. All of us have the identical menality and the identical philosophy about baseball,” Marino stated. “It’s been actually seamless.”
NOTES: Lawson Ormsby and Waters every had a single for Chautauqua Lake. … White completed with three hits, together with a double, and likewise threw the ultimate two innings for the Wolfpack, placing out three.