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Bolivar-Richburg downs Genesee Valley/Belfast; Friendship/Scio falls to Hinsdale (photo gallery)


The Friendship/Scio baseball team dropped the season opener to Hinsdale, 12-8.

Ethan Davenport had two doubles for Friendship-Scio (0-1).

Hinsdale is 1-0. See the photo gallery below:

Bolivar-Richburg 12, Genesee Valley/Belfast 1 (F-6)

Story by Chris Brooks, editor,

BELFAST — After a week down south in Myrtle Beach, the Wolverines of Bolivar-Richburg were destined to put their foot down on the gas pedal to begin their title defense back home on Tuesday. With it, they started off hot against host Genesee Valley/Belfast, capitalizing on a flurry of opportunities from the offense to special teams to post an early lead they never looked back on, grabbing the 12-1 win after six innings in Belfast.

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The Wolverines (1-2) never wasted time making their presence known right away from all fronts on the field, scoring a 6-0 lead through the first two innings of play, five of them from within a second inning that witnessed them use an even mixture of offense and baserunning to deliver the first haymaker.

The momentum continued to shift forward into the later innings when the team in black and red came across another five run frame, this time in the top of the sixth, where the bats ignited a flame that Genesee Valley/Belfast (0-2) could not put out, as Caden Allen and Evan Pinney both delivered big time hits — a lead-off double and two-run triple respectively, to jumpstart the offense in further distancing their advantage to keep their lead intact permanently.

“You can’t have six errors in a game and not hit the ball against a team like Bolivar-Richburg, who is well-coached and a team that plays great defense. We didn’t do that. They hit the ball, we didn’t. That’s the name of the game, and they took advantage early. It’s still early, but we will find ways to correct it and improve.” said GV/Belfast coach Kevin Scott.

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The two hits came off eight total that Bolivar-Richburg accounted for in the battle while the defense allowed Genesee Valley/Belfast to record just two of their own. Both Allen and Pinney had two hits each, combining to score five of the team’s 12 runs. On the mound, the win belonged to Trey Buchholz, who struck out four and walked four in his three-inning start.

For Genesee Valley/Belfast, Ryan Daciw fanned three and walked four across his two-inning tenure of action. At the plate, Matt Cater and Garrett Miller both recorded a hit, with Miller garnering a double. The team’s lone run would come in the bottom of the sixth, scoring off a passed ball to the back stop.

Both teams are back in action Thursday night with 5 p.m. first pitches, as Bolivar-Richburg heads home for the first time this season to welcome in Cuba-Rushford, while Genesee Valley/Belfast heads out on the road for a visit to defending Class D1 Champion Fillmore.

Bolivar-Richburg 150 105 – 12 8 1

Genesee Valley/Belfast 000 001 – 1 2 6

B-R – Trey Buchholz (WP) (4K, 4BB), James Margeson (4) (K, 3BB), Caden Allen (6) and Aydin Sisson.

GVB – Ryan Daciw (LP) (3K, 4BB), Garrett Miller (3) (3K, 4BB), Owen Heaney (6) (2K, BB) and Thai Norasethaporn, Evan Turybury (5).


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