Photos by CYNDI ABBOTT
COOPERSTOWN — On a beautiful day for baseball on historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, the Andover-Whitesville baseball team put together a strong performance getting runners on base, hitting and making some big plays on the field.
However, with the bases loaded and no outs and with runners on second and third with no outs, Avoca-Prattsburgh’s pitching and defense came to life.
Tucker Gerych struck out 13 batters in five innings while Jamel Crowder was 3-for-3 with two doubles to lead A-P (9-4) to a 10-0 win.
“It was a great experience for both teams playing on the iconic Doubleday Field and both teams enjoyed the National Baseball Hall of Fame after the game,” said Avoca-Prattsburgh coach Dennie Miles. “Andover-Whitesville played us tough early on and used several different pitchers which seemed to be effective because we couldn’t get a read on any one pitcher.”
Macoy Putnam, Pacey Hopkins (double, RBI), Haden Abbott (RBI), Ashton McMahon (2 RBI’s) each had two hits and Sawyer Devoe and Sam Patterson had hits. Chris Abbott threw two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts.
“Jamel, Putnam and Hopkins have established themselves as very good table-setters for the kids in the middle of the lineup to drive in,” Miles said. “When they get on, good things happen.”
For Andover (2-10), Dylan Acor had two hits and Layton Miller and Spencer Mattison singled.
Avoca-Prattsburgh hosts Scio-Friendship on Monday in Prattsburgh while Andover-Whitesville is at Bolivar-Richburg Monday for a 7 p.m. start.
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Layton Miler (LP) (4K), Brody Carlin (4) (2K), Joe Fonte (6) (K, 3BB) and C.J. Estep
Tucker Gerych (WP) (13K, 2 BB), Chris Abbott (6) (3K) and Ashton McMahon