• Monday, on a Chamber of Commerce evening in Allegany, at Handler Field on the campus of St. Bonaventure University, the Wolverines stayed perfect on the season with an 11-7 win over the Olean Huskies.  The win will add a good chunk of sectional points to the Wolverines’ stockpile as the Huskies are a B school.   It was just a tad breezy in the hollow that holds the SBU baseball turf.

    Trey Buchholz went 6 innings for the Wolverines on the hill. He struck out 11, gave up 4 hits, and was charged with 3 of the Huskie runs in the first.  After that, Trey settled in and served up bagels for the rest of his time on the bump.

    Landon Barkley took over in the seventh and faced a pack of Huskies that did as much as they could to get back into the game.  Landon was able to close things out. 

    On the other side of things, BR took advantage of pretty much everything the Huskies gave them.  In the process of plating the 11 runs, BR managed just 4 hits.  They were aided by 8 walks, 3 HBP, and 5 errors.  Only 7 of the runs amounted from RBIs (and a couple of those were bases loaded walks or plunkings).

    BR got up in the top of the first, scoring after there were two outs against them.  Aydin Sisson, got aboard on the first of the Olean errors.  Caden Allen hit a ball to right allowing Sisson to speed into third.  BR again pulled off the double steal flibbildy floo as Allen broke to second, the throw down was cut off in front of him as Sisson broke to the plate.  Both were safe.  Walks to Barkley and Tavyn MacDonell loaded the bags, but a sharp defensive play on a fielder’s choice ended the frame.

    After getting the first batter in the bottom of the first popping out to Allen at first, Olean strung together a bunch of plays to post their first three runs.  Two walks and a gapper to right put two across. Following Buchholz’s first K, a dump shot into short left field scored the third run.  Another K ended the threat.   Olean, 3-1.

    Undeterred, BR went right back to work to regain the lead and take the proverbial wind out of their sails.  The actual wind however, remained prevalent.  Maddox Davison got aboard on an infield error. Braden Zilker walked.  Buchholz reached on an error to load the bases.

    Reiss Gaines was plunked to drive in a run.  Sisson likewise, tie ball game, bags still full. Allen hit into a fielder’s choice, plating Buchholz, moving Gaines to third, but erasing Sisson at second. With Barkley at the plate, BR tried the double-steal, hoodoo voodoo again, but the Huskies were wise to it, this time. Essentially giving Allen the base, but leaving Gaines at third.   No sweat, Gaines would later come in on a passed ball with Allen going to third.  Barkley eventually drew a walk and stole second.  A wild pitch scored Allen with a bellyflopper, head-first slide, Barkley to third.  That is where he finished the inning, but BR was up 6-3.

    The Olean 2nd inning held some promise for them, a lead off single starting things.  A well- executed sacrifice bunt, allowed the runner to get into third as BR had a brain fart. Another K by Buchholz was out #2.  To make things interesting, a free pass was allowed, putting runners at the corners.   A fielder’s choice Zilker to Barkley ended the inning.

    ZIlker reached on a one out error in the BR third, but that was all the boys could manage for that frame.

    Three up, three down for the Huskies in their third.  Dropped third strike, Sisson to Allen completing the K.  Fly ball to Gaines in center, followed by another K. 

    BR scratched one out in the 4th.  A one-out, aesthetically challenged triple by Allen to center got it going.  Barkley walked, then stole second.  Two in scoring position.  MacDonell hit a sac fly to center to plate Allen and move Barkley along.  BR 7-3.

    After two Ks, a single by Olean went nowhere. They tried to surprise attack the Wolverine D by laying down a bunt on two outs.  Buchholz was having none of it, and made the toss to Allen. End of inning.

    The BR fifth was like that Bugs Bunny cartoon where he was playing baseball against humans and his only teammate was a pitching elephant.  No really!! It is an actual cartoon from a long ago era, much like this observer. Anyway, on one pitch from the elephant, “one-two-three strikes, yer out.  One-two-three strikes, yer out, One-two-three strikes, yer out.” Google it!   So, it was for the Wolverine 5th, 3Ks and back out to defend.   OKAY I made a mistake, the elephant was in a different cartoon than Bugs... sometimes it is easy to confuse the CLASSICS! 

    Olean almost matched BR in their 5th.  Two Ks and Barkley to Allen, with a nifty stretch for the three outs.

    The Wolverines padded their lead with another run in the sixth. Gaines drew a walk and stole second.  Sisson grounded out short to first, Gaines taking third.  I looked down to mark up the out and when I looked back, Gaines was crossing the plate and Olean was just cross!   BR 8-3.

    Buchholz was still in command.  A grounder Zilker to Allen and two more Ks was all she wrote.  All those Ks though had Trey’s pitch count way up there and with 4 more games possibly this week, it was time to get some one else out there.

    But first BR got to bat in the 7th.  As it turned out, good thing!   The fourth Olean pitcher of the game was not treated nicely by BR.  MacDonell got hit.  He stole second.  Charlie Militello hit a Baltimore Chop for a single, putting Wolverines on the corners.  A walk to Davison, loaded the bases.    Zilker worked another walk (to the consternation of the Huskie faithful) scoring MacDonell, bases still loaded.  Buchholz ripped a ball to center.  A little hesitation on the paths, “will it be caught or not?’  worked to hold Trey to two bases, but scored Militello and Davison.  A potential HUGE! Inning was kneecapped on a fine defensive play by the Huskies on a line drive double play.  BR 11-3, and they would need just about every single one!

    A series of “I dunnos” led to Olean getting 4 to bookend their scoring with the 1st. A BR error put one on, runner got to second on the play.  A triple to the gap in right center, scored the first.  A single scored another.  A hit batter put two on with no outs.  Infield fly to Davison was one down. Grounder to the right side moved the runners up to put two in scoring position. Barkley to Alen on the put out.  A single just off the completely outstretched glove of Landon Arnold at second scored a run.   11-7 and collars beginning to tighten.  Can of corn to center to Gaines for the final put away.  PHEW!!!

    The stats:

    Buchholz a run, hit and 2 RBIs.  Gaines 2 runs and an RBI. Sisson a run and an RBI.

    Allen 2 runs, 2 hits (one a triple), and an RBI.  MacDonell one run and the sac fly RBI. Militello had a run and a hit.   Davison scored twice. Zilker had a run and an RBI.

    BR also managed 8 stolen bases as they continue to make a career of evil and thievery.


    Right back at it behind the school Tuesday night as the Andover-Whitesville squad rolls into Bolivar.   Game at 5.