Two weekends, two cities, two titles. The Athletes Edge 15/16U baseball team recently completed a successful stretch of games in which the team went 7-0-1 while winning tournaments in Oswego, and Beaver Falls, PA. The team is comprised of 15 and 16-year-olds from all over Genesee County.
LEGENDS OF THE FALL TOURNAMENT - OSWEGO
The Big Orange defeated teams from Syracuse and East Rochester on their way to the title.
In game 1, Kyle Porter (Oakfield-Alabama) led Athletes Edge to victory over Syracuse SportsZone Black. Porter surrendered one run on zero hits over one and two-thirds innings on the mound, striking out two in relief of Gianni Ferrera (Byron-Bergen). Bodie Hyde (Oakfield-Alabama) threw one inning and recorded the last three outs to earn the save. Athletes Edge scored the winning runs in the top of the seventh on hits by Jimmy Fanara (Batavia Notre Dame) and Hyde.
In Game 2, Jaden Sherwood (Notre Dame) threw a complete game, one-hit shutout against Syracuse SportsZone White, striking out six batters over five innings. Vincent Grazioplene (Batavia), Alex Smith (Batavia), and Brayden Smith (Oakfield-Alabama) each had two RBI in the 10-0 victory.
In the tournament semi-final, a seven-run third inning led Athletes Edge to a 10-1 victory over SportsZone White.
Bryceton Berry (Attica) earned the victory on the mound, allowing two hits and one run over six innings, striking out six. Grazioplene hit a solo home run and Jesse Reinhart (Batavia) was 2-2 with a double and two RBI.
In the championship game, Ryan Fitzpatrick (Notre Dame) scattered three hits while striking out seven over seven innings in a close 3-1 victory over Diamond Pro. Berry and Reinhart each had RBI singles in the first inning, Fitzpatrick doubled in both at bats, scoring a run.
NORTHEAST BASEBALL TOURNAMENT - BEAVER FALLS, PA
Athletes Edge was able to overcome multiple injuries to key players to come away with a hard earned championship in Beaver Falls, a city just outside of Pittsburgh. Ferrara sustained an injury stealing a base in the top of the first inning of the opening game, Grazioplene would sustain an injury in the tournament’s semifinal on a collision at home plate, and Fanara would suffer a leg injury running out a grounder in the championship game.
The Big Orange defeated the Steel Town Maulers in the opening game, 8-7. Hyde earned the victory in relief of Ryan Higgins (LeRoy). AE scored four runs in the final two innings to earn the comeback victory. Fitzpatrick had a two-RBI double, Grazioplene was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored, and Reinhart was 1-2 with two runs scored.
AE would move on to face the Steel Town Dawgs in the second game of pool play. Both teams were evenly matched in a game that would end in a 1-1 tie after nine innings, as the game was called due to darkness. Porter pitched 7 2/3 innings, surrendering only four hits and one run. Hyde pitched the final 1 1/3 inning, all under ‘shootout’ rules, as teams in the eighth and ninth innings began with a runner on second base.
The two teams would face each other again the next day in the tournament semifinal and once again the teams would find each other tied at one in the final inning. Grazioplene drew a walk to open the inning and Berry would be hit by the next pitch which advanced pinch runner Sean Alexander (Oakfield-Alabama), who was running for Grazioplene to second. Fitzpatrick would lay down a bunt that loaded the bases. Porter followed with a sacrifice fly to deep left field that allowed Alexander to tag up at third and score what would become the winning run. Berry started the game on the mound, allowing five hits while striking out six over 4 2/3 shutout innings. Hyde would again earn the victory in relief as he allowed two hits and one run over two and a third innings, striking out three and walking one.
The championship game starting assignment would once again go to Fitzpatrick, who would pitch five innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out two and walking one for a 10-2 win. Jay Antinore (Batavia) was 2-3 with two RBI, Reinhart was 2-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, and Berry was 1-3 with a triple.