BOYS ALL-STARS: Unhittable: Boys Juniors, Minors Americans record no-hitters in winning efforts
SMETHPORT – Adam Irwin, Colby Johnson and Seth Baldensperger combined on a 13-strikeout no-hitter, helping the Warren Boys Juniors to a season-opening 10-0 victory over Smethport-Mount Jewett, Saturday, in Smethport.
Warren (1-0) returns to action at 6 p.m., Monday, when it welcomes Bradford to Old Legion Field in North Warren. Monday’s scheduled Senior American Legion Baseball League contest between Blair and Youngsville Post 658 will now be played at Davis Street Field in Youngsville.
Things started slowly for Warren on Saturday as the locals failed to score in their first two at-bats. Warren finally broke through in the third inning, using some patience at the dish to push across a pair of runs.
Dominick Funari led off the inning with a single and Baldensperger eventually reached on an error that allowed Funari to score the game’s first run. From there, Smethport pitching issued four consecutive free passes. The last of those was drawn by Evan Tremblay and Warren had a 2-0 lead.
Warren put the game away in the fourth by scoring eight runs. Nathan Betts started the inning with a walk and he moved up on Funari’s second single of the game. Moments later, a ball hit by Conner Ristau was misplayed, allowing Betts to score and the lead to grow to three.
Baldensperger followed Ristau with another walk to load the bases and Johnson stepped to the plate, breaking the game wide open with a three-run bases loaded double. Warren made it 7-0 on an RBI single from Drake Gens, Brenyn Whyte brought home a run with an RBI fielders choice, Tremblay singled home the ninth run and Betts delivered an RBI single to end the scoring.
Baldensperger shut down Smethport in order in the fifth to end the game via the ten-run rule.
Johnson and Funari led Warren’s eight-hit attack with two hits each. Johnson’s double was the only extra base hit of the game.
Warren Americans 22, Cameron County 0
EMPORIUM – The Warren Boys Minors Americans all-star team is making it look easy.
The Americans (2-0) trampled Cameron County, 22-0, Saturday in Emporium to advance to Wednesday’s winners bracket semifinals. In two outings this postseason, the Americans have outscored their opposition, 48-4.
While the Americans certainly strung together plenty of hits Saturday, it was the dominant pitching of Ryan Rafalski, Micah Passmore and Ben Salapek that stole the show. The trio struck out 11 batters in the four-inning outing and only one Cameron County batter made contact during the game. Rafalski struck over five and Passmore and Salapek struck out the side in the third and fourth innings respectively.
Offensively, Warren got three hits from Tyler Gustafson and two each from Passmore, Salapek, Dylan Maeder and James Swanson.
The Americans jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of seven walks and a hit batter. Gustafson had an RBI single in the inning and Alex Borger and Ben Berdine worked bases loaded walks.
In the six-run second, Passmore led off with a single and Salapek reached on an error before Jacob DeSimone plated a run with a sacrifice fly. After a Hunter Loomis walk, Borger knocked in Salapek and Loomis on a misplayed ball in center. Before the inning was over, Warren added a Berdine RBI single and an RBI double from Gustafson. Another run scored when a throw from the Cameron County catcher trying to get Rafalski at second base was too late, allowing Gustafson to race home.
After RBI singles from Swanson and Gustafson in the third, Warren finished its offensive barrage with eight runs in the fourth. The Americans strung together seven straight hits, including an RBI double from Salapek and a pair of RBI singles from Maeder. Ethan Wilson brought home runs twice in the inning with a walk and single, Salapek had another RBI single and Loomis and Borger also had run-scoring hits for the winners.
Bradford 17, Warren Nationals 0
BRADFORD – It wasn’t the postseason opener that the Warren Boys Minors Nationals team was looking for Sunday as the Bradford all-stars emerged with a 17-0 victory at Pitt-Bradford University.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at 4 p.m., Saturday, in Warren, but rain ultimately forced the postponement and relocation of the game.
The Nationals recorded three hits in the loss and nearly put a run on the board in the bottom of the fourth. With a runner on second, Zach Rohlin hit a hard line drive to center for a single. The Bradford centerfielder came up throwing and fired a strike to home in time to tag out the runner and end the game.
Owen Trumbull and Alex Kemery had the team’s other two hits. Trumbull’s hit was a double while Kemery hit a hard single.
Warren (0-1) remains alive in postseason play. It returns to action at 6 p.m., Monday, at Brockway.
Warren vs. Bradford Americans Postponed
BRADFORD – Sunday’s scheduled winners bracket semifinals contest between the Bradford Americans and Warren Boys Majors all-stars was suspended by rain. Warren held a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when rain entered the area. The game will be played to its conclusion at 6 p.m., Monday, at Pitt-Bradford University.