It’s sure to be an exciting night around Section V, as four GLOW region teams are set to do battle in their respective sectional final.
The most highly-anticipated game of the bunch will be the Class D1 championship between two GLOW teams, top-seeded Keshequa (16-1) and No. 2 Notre Dame (14-4).
First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Rymer Complex in Nunda. For a complete game preview, click here. Follow @AlexBraskyBDN on Twitter for updates from tonight’s game.
Elsewhere, No. 3 Avon (13-4) faces off with No. 5 Addison (12-2) for the ‘C1’ championship to be played at 5 p.m. at Avon High School.
Avon will be looking to join the Braves’ softball team as 2021 sectional champions and win the program’s fifth title in the past six seasons. The Braves baseball squad struggled early in the season but have come on as of late, having won their past six games.
En route to the ‘C1’ title game, Avon defeated No. 14 Perry in the opening round, 7-4, and followed that up with an 18-4 win over No. 6 East Rochester in the quarterfinal and No. 2 Red Jacket in the semifinal.
The top run-producer for Avon this season has been junior Xavier Rivera, who has batted .308 with three doubles, four home runs, 13 runs scored and 17 RBI on the year. Junior Thomas Welch has also had a good season, batting .289 with three extra-base hits, 10 runs scored and 12 RBI, while fellow junior Jake Jones has also accumulated a .289 average with a couple of XBH, 13 runs scored and 11 RBI. Junior Jack Browne, freshman Michael Rowland and senior Cole Werner are also significant contributors to the Braves’ offensive attack.
Jones is the ace of the Avon staff, having racked up a slim 0.44 ERA with a perfect 6-0 record. He has started four games and picked up a couple of saves as well in relief. In 32 innings pitched, Jones has struck out 77 batters and allowed just 13 hits. He will likely earn the start tonight against the Knights.
Addison advanced to the final following wins over No. 12 Marcus Whitman (14-1), No. 4 Sodus (9-1) and top-seeded Gananda (12-0). The Knights have yet to be tested but are sure to face a test in LCAA powerhouse Avon this evening.
Bradyn Coletta spun a shutout in Addison’s semifinal win over the Blue Panthers, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out 15 batters. He is expected to start tonight’s championship game.
Mikey Benjamin came up big for the Knights, finishing 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and three runs scored. Dakota Harrington also went 3-for-4, adding an RBI and three runs scored in the semifinal victory.
In Class C2, No. 3 York (12-5) will host No. 4 Bolivar-Richburg (14-4) as the Golden Knights look to win their first Section V Baseball title since 1989.
Senior star Clayton Harris has been a run-producing machine for York, compiling a .367 average with three doubles, two triples and a couple of home runs, including a grand slam. Another talented senior, David Cuozzo, has recorded a .360 batting average to go with a team-high 17 runs scored. Seniors James Kennedy and Jonathan Van Wyk, along with junior Greg Jaroszek, have each scored over 10 runs this season. Van Wyk is second on the team with a .375 average, 10 points behind senior Brady Reilly (.385).
Cuozzo, Harris and junior Adam Swede are all capable on the mound, with Cuozzo (4-2) leading the way with a 1.29 ERA in six starts, Harris (5-2) accumulating a 2.17 ERA in eight starts and Swede recording a 2.55 ERA as the team’s top relief pitcher.
York has outscored its sectional opponents 31-5. The Knights took care of No. 14 South Seneca 17-1 in the opening round, beat No. 6 Naples 6-4 in the quarterfinal and moved past No. 7 HAC in the semifinal, 8-0.
Bolivar-Richburg has been equally impressive through its three sectional games, allowing just one run through its trio of postseason wins. The Wolverines defeated No. 13 Byron-Bergen, 5-0, in the opening round, dispatched No. 12 Letchworth, 8-1, in the quarterfinal and dominated No. 8 Campbell-Savona, 4-0, in the semifinal.
Bolivar-Richburg’s Trey Buchholz struck out four batters as part of a complete-game victory, walking three and allowing only two hits against Campbell-Savona. Logan Bess singled, walked and scored two runs for the Wolverines’ offense in the semifinal win.
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