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The Times
  • SCHOLASTIC BASEBALL: WCV wins first Ben Conte Memorial Tourney

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  • ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. — The West Canada Valley Indians were unable to hold a lead against Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Saturday but they did hold on to a tie-breaker and were crowned champions of the Wolves’ inaugural Ben Conte Memorial Tournament.
    West Canada Valley, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville and Dolgeville all finished 1-1 in round robin play at Soldiers and Sailors Park. The tournament’s format was altered after a fourth team Heatly, pulled out of the event Friday afternoon.
    West Canada Valley had beaten Dolgeville 7-4 in nine innings after Dolgeville defeated Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville 11-8 in the first game of the day.
    The Indians scored five runs in the first inning and led the Wolves 9-4 after three.
    Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, playing as the away team on its home field chipped away at the West Canada Valley lead and took the lead in the top of the sixth on a two-out, two-run double by Tyler Mayton. Payten Johnson and Brad Smith had drawn back-to-back walks earlier in the inning, and both scored on the hit over the left fielder’s head.
    Dylan Klock, who shut the Indians out over the final four innings in relief, had singled in one run in the fifth and the Wolves added another on a wild pitch. In the fourth inning, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville scored two-out runs on a wild pitch and an error.
    Leading 10-9 after six innings, the Wolves needed to win the game by four runs or more to win the first tie-breaker which was run differential. Had they won by three, all three teams would have remained tied and the decision would have gone to the second tie-breaker, total runs allowed.
    Jacob Gorinshek walked the leadoff batter to start the seventh but West Canada Valley catcher Shawn Pierson picked him off for the first out. Pierson blocked a pitch in the dirt and threw behind the runner, starting a rundown that ended with Gorinshek making the tag.
    Klock then singled and stole a base, and scored on Johnny Vicciarelli’s third double of the game. Gorinshek walked Devan Battisti and a double steal moved the runners into scoring position before Gorinshek struck the next two batters out.
    Klock set the Indians down in order in the bottom of the seventh, closing out the Wolves third win in four games. Klock retired West Canada Valley’s final seven batters, five by strikeout. Klock took the mound in the third inning and struck out nine batters; Josh Chapin’s double was the only hit he allowed.
    Chapin, the winner in relief for West Canada Valley in the Dolgeville game, was selected as the tournament’s most valuable player. All-stars included Vicciarelli, Klock, Dolgeville’s Kasey Foster and Daniel Fox, and West Canada Valley’s Jordan Yaworski and Ryan Grogan.
    Page 2 of 2 - Foster and Josh Gross each had two hits in Dolgeville’s win against Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville and Foster scored two runs; Dakota Walrath scored three runs. Klock and Battisti each had two hits and scored two runs, Battisti drove in two runs, and Vicciarelli had two hits.
    Foster started against West Canada Valley and struck out 11 batters in seven innings. The game was tied at 2 before each team scored two runs in the seventh inning. Chapin pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and contributed three hits and two runs batted in at the plate. Gorinshek had two hits and Colin Warmingham scored two runs. Reid Johnson had two hits, a run and an RBI for the Blue Devils.
    Grogan had two hits for West Canada Valley in the final game.
    DOLGEVILLE 11, OPPENHEIM-EPHRATAH-ST. JOHNSVILLE 8
    Dolgeville 013 123 1 — 11 9 4
    Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville 302 200 1 — 8 8 8
    Johann Doerrer, Daniel Fox (7) and Dakota Walrath. Johnny Vicciarelli, Dylan Klock (6) and Payten Johnson. W — Doerrer. L — Vicciarelli. Sv — Fox. 2B — Dolgeville, Kasey Foster, Fox, Josh Gross; Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, Klock. Records — Dolgeville 1-1; Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville 2-1.
    WEST CANADA VALLEY 7, DOLGEVILLE 4, nine innings
    West Canada Valley 100 100 203— 7 8 2
    Dolgeville 200 000 200 — 4 7 4
    Zach Woods, Josh Chapin (7) and Shawn Pierson. Kasey Foster, Daniel Fox (8), Reid Johnson (9) and Dakota Walrath. W — Chapin. L — R.Johnson. 2B — West Canada Valley, Brandon Roberts, Chapin, Jordan Yaworski; Dolgeville, Alex Johnson, Daniel Fox. Records— West Canda Valley 1-1; Dolgeville 1-2.
    OPPENHEIM-EPHRATAH-ST. JOHNSVILLE 11, WEST CANADA VALLEY 9
    Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville 310 222 1 — 11 11 4
    West Canada Valley 513 000 0 — 9 9 6
    Zack Swank, Nate Trumble (2), Dylan Klock (3) and Payten Johnson. Josh Chapin, Jacob Gorinshek (4) and Shawn Pierson. W — Klock. L — Gorinshek. 2B — Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, Johnny Vicciarelli 3, Tyler Mayton. Records — Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville 3-1; West Canada Valley 1-2.
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