Youth Baseball Roundup
EVANS – After an early loss, the Jamestown Giants rebounded and finished third at the recent Evans Youth Baseball Tournament.
The Giants, a Babe Ruth (Under-8) League squad, suffered a 19-9 setback to Lake View in their opening contest, but managed to win three of their final four games on the way to clinching a top-three finish.
Following the loss, Jamestown defeated host Evans, 10-2, knocked off Southwestern, 8-5, and edged the Hamburg Dawgs, 11-10, before suffering its final defeat of the weekend to eventual tournament champion East Aurora, 14-7.
John Torres led the squad in the opening game with a home run and a double; Tyler Giambeluca was 2-for-3 with an RBI; and the trio of Mike Boron, Sean O’Brien and Marshall Tantillo each collected three hits in as many at-bats.
In the victory over Evans, Brandon Lobb, Mason Chapman and Darius Freeney were 2-for-2 with a pair of runs apiece, while in the hard-fought victory over Southwestern it was Mason Carney and Darius Freeney leading the way when they delivered two hits with a double.
The Giants’ battle with Hamburg went into extra innings after Jamestown rallied in the sixth to knot the game at 9-9 following clutch hits from Nate Torres and Chapman. Then, in the seventh, Freeney made a game-saving catch in left before John Torres ripped the game-winning double.
In the final game, John Torres was a bright spot as he drilled a grand slam – his second home run of the tournament.
EAST LAKE BABE
RUTH LEAGUE PLAYOFFS (13-15)
The Falconer Firemen won two games in the playoffs and have made the championship round.
Calvin Nowicki hurled a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the Firemen topped Bemus Point, 6-2, in the semifinals.
Brett Payne stroked three hits with a double, A.J. Genco two hits and Jake Peru, Brenton Yager and Nowicki added hits in the win.
Nolan Knipe had the lone hit for Bemus Point.
Prior to that game, the Fireman got past Pine Valley, 10-3, with Dykstra having two hits, Genco and Yager doubles and Dalton Whitacre a triple.