By Mike Wertman email@example.com
Medina Journal-Register — ALBION - Putting a lock on the title, Albion blanked Medina 5-0 Saturday in a key Niagara-Orleans League baseball game.
Connor Barleben and Chris Reed combined to pitch a no hitter for Albion which improves to 11-1 in N-O competition as the Purple EAgles claim the N-O crown for the second year in a row and for the fifth time in the last six years.
"It feels good to earn the title and the kids are real happy," Albion coach Bruce Blanchard said.
Barleben pitched the first four innings striking out nine and Reed hurled the final three frames fanning six.
"They were right on their spot today," said Blanchard. "It wasn't planned to split it but after the fourth inning Connor said his shoulder was a little sore so we brought in Chris. He was ready and did the job. They both threw real well."
Albion scored the only run it needed as it turned out in the first inning on a walk, a single by John Warne and a fielders choice play off the bat of Steven Stauss.
Barleben helped himself in the third inning by banging out an RBI double to make it 2-0.
Singles by Warne, who had three base raps on the day, and Stauss then set up a fifth inning run which came home on a wild pitch.
The Purple Eagles tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth on fielders choice plays off the bats of Jack Narburgh and Ed Narburgh. Lead-off singles by John Page and Trey Hart set up that threat.
Medina's best scoring threat came in the sixth with the Mustangs got the first two runners aboard via walks. However, Reed and the Purple Eagles quickly got out of the jam. A strikeout got the first out and Warne got the second by throwing the lead runner out at third. A grounder back to Reed then got the final out.
"That was a huge play," Blanchard said of Warne's throwing the runner out at third. "They were threatening so that was big."
Reed capped off the title clinching win by striking out the side in the top of the seventh.
"It's been a year when coming in I felt our pitching would be our strength and it has but our offense has really come on very well," Blanchard said. "This team has real good chemistry and now we just want to stay focused. We've got two tough league games remaining (against Roy-Hart and Newfane) and we want to try and get as many sectional points as we can."
The loss drops Medina to 8-4.
Roy-Hart 6, Gowanda 0
GOWANDA - John O'Brien hurled a two hitter with four strikeouts to lead Roy-Hart past Gowanda 6-0 Saturday in a non league game.
The Rams scored four quick runs in the first inning as Judd Jamieson had a two-run double and Blake Copella an RBI single. Ryan Farewell also had a two-run single later in the contest.
Barker 7, CSAT 6
Abby Heitzenreiter had two hits, including a double which drove in the winning run, and Olivia Denny had a pair of hits to lead Barker (4-8) past CSAT 0-12) Saturday.
Destiny Hillman picked up the win striking out four and Kelsey Blackley earned the save fanning three.