West York baseball remains perfect by topping error-prone South Western
The West York baseball team remained unbeaten by taking advantage of five South Western errors in the third inning on Friday, scoring three runs off those miscues and eventually defeating the Mustangs, 3-1, in a game at South Western High School.
Sam Eyler started the inning by reaching on an error. A walk by Brett Kinneman was followed by back-to-back sacrifice bunts from Logan Stover and Tyler Seifford. Eyler and Kinneman both came home on Seifford's bunt, as Kinneman was able to score from second following a throwing error.
Bulldogs pitcher Nick Traettino aided his own cause with an RBI single to cap the West York rally.
South Western (4-7, 4-4) threatened in its half of the third with a pair of one-out singles from Luke Small and Miles Francis, but Traettino retired the next two hitters. That started a run of eight-straight batters retired by the righty — a stretch that ended when Francis crushed a triple to deep center field to lead off the sixth.
Francis got no further, though, as Traettino struck out the next three hitters.
"To buckle down and strikeout the side there was big. That's the sign of a good pitcher," West York head coach Roger Czerwinski said. "Nick did a good job today. He took control in the third inning. Started mixing speeds and hitting spots and really kept their hitters off-balance."
South Western had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Jay Yeater singled in Adam Reed with one out and the Mustangs eventually loaded the bases with two outs before Traettino induced a groundout to end the inning.
West York (9-0, 8-0) managed just two runners after the third inning, on singles from Eyler in the fourth and Colton Kubicki in the seventh, as Mustang pitcher Kyle Raubenstine was sharp throughout.
In defeat, Raubenstine went the distance and didn't allow an earned run. He gave up five hits with eight strikeouts and one walk while throwing 97 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.
"Kyle threw a nice game and their kid threw a nice game," South Western head coach Mike Resetar said. "The difference was that we made six errors and they didn't make any. We weren't able to get any clutch hits, either. You can't have a leadoff triple and not get him in."
Traettino also pitched a complete game, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out eight and walked four, throwing strikes on 65 of his 101 pitches.
After taking the weekend off, both teams take the field again Monday with the Bulldogs hosting Red Lion and the Mustangs playing at Kennard-Dale. Both games are scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m.
West York 3, South Western 1
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WY, Nick Traettino and Anthony Kahley. SW, Kyle Raubenstine and John Youngman.
SO-BB — WY, Traettino 8-4. SW, Raubenstine 8-1; W — Traettino; L — Raubenstine; 2B — SW, Raubenstine; 3B — SW, Miles Francis.