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Southwest shortstop Aidan Kennedy throws across the infield during Tuesday’s CCAA Division 1 baseball game against Fredonia at Packard Field in Lakewood. PJ Photo by Matt Spielman

LAKEWOOD — Eight Southwest players had hits and seven drove in as the Trojans beat Fredonia 10-6 at Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 West baseball on Tuesday at Packard Field.

Sophomore Jameson Walsh dumped 5 2/3 innings on the mound, striking out eight while allowing five hits as Southwestern handed the Hillbillies their second league loss of the season.

Coupled with Gowanda’s 13-2 win over Jamestown, Fredonia and the Panthers are tied atop the division standings with identical 8-2 records. The Trojans are half a game behind with a 7-2 record.

“We still control our destiny” said Fredonia head coach Tim Cowan. “You can’t ask for more than that.”

Southwestern took the upper hand with a first-inning three-run on Tuesday. Lucas Gilbert led off with a single and Judd Harris followed with a sacrificial bunt. After Aidan Kennedy was hit by a pitch, Walsh hit an RBI single in the middle and advanced to second on the home pitch. Jayce Neal then hit his own RBI single before Max Marshall hit an RBI groundout.

Trojans pitcher Jameson Walsh delivers to the plate. PJ Photo by Matt Spielman

“I’m really proud of the bottom half in particular, who went through big,” Southwest head coach Jared Brown said of his training. “…We talked about situational striking and 0-2 striking. … I think we did a really good job of sitting down and following the pitch.

The Hillbillies responded with three runs on their own in the top of the second inning. Matt Cash reached on a one-out error and Trevor Persch walked before a passed fly ball moved the runners to second and third. After a strikeout, pitcher Owen Ludwig helped his own cause with a two-run single to left field. Andrew Cowan was then hit by a pitch and Simon Davis reached on an error before Gabe Schrader was hit by a pitch to force the even run.

Spencer Kane singled, stole the second and scored on an RBI single from Harris to give the Trojans the lead for good in the second inning.

“He’s having a hell of a year. He produces. He made a lot of sacrificial cavities,” Brown said of Harris, who replaced midfield third baseman Dustin Hendrix. “He does everything we asked. I couldn’t ask for anything more, especially from a freshman. He is a very balanced baseball player.

In the fourth, Southwestern added three more runs, benefiting from a pair of errors from Fredonia. Walsh started with a double to the center right before Neal hit an error. After a stolen base put the runners in second and third, Marshall started a run reaching another error. Kenyon Davidson then had the biggest hit of the afternoon for the Trojans, a two-run double to center field.

Southwest’s Spencer Kane throws to first base. PJ Photo by Matt Spielman

“It was an unusual day for us. There were pieces that we probably did nine times out of 10,” said Cowan. “Throws faded at the end. A few intermediate balls that we couldn’t skip quickly probably turned out to be the difference in the end.

The Hillbillies closed in under three on an RBI groundout by Cash in the top of the fifth inning, but Southwestern veered on three more runs down the frame. Marshall picked a single and stole second place before Kane moved Marshall to third place with a single of his own. With two outs, Gilbert hit a two-run single to right field to make it 10-4.

Fredonia scored twice in the top of the sixth as Owen Rush hit a two-run brace to left center field, scoring Cowan and Simon Davis, but Kennedy relieved Walsh and Rush was sent off at home on a double attempt flight to end the threat.

“I think it’s fair to say it wasn’t his best thing, but I think if it’s not a kid’s best thing and he still throws that well, that’s really impressive.” Cowan said of Walsh. “His speed was excellent throughout. He threw some really critical off-speed throws in tough counts and knocked us off balance just enough.

Fredonia will host Allegany-Limestone on Thursday before closing its week at rival Dunkirk on Saturday evening.

“It’s an incredibly competitive division, I would say maybe the most competitive division in Section VI, top to bottom,” said Cowan. “We have four tough league games left. If we can mind our own business, we control our destiny. We can’t ask for more than those 10 games. »

Southwestern will host Falconer today before heading to Jamestown on Thursday and Allegany-Limestone on Saturday morning.

“Every game is a chore. Every team has very good throws and very good strikes,” said Brown. “As long as we play one game at a time, keep pushing forward and getting wins, that’s all we really focus on.”

NOTES: Gilbert, Harris, Walsh, Marshall and Kane each had two hits for Southwestern. … Five different players had hits for Fredonia. Ludwig pitched a full game with six strikeouts on the mound.

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