Asked if he would say Tuesday’s outing was Bainbridge-Guilford senior Austin Bauerle’s best of the season, Bobcats coach Tim Mattingly replied, “Yes, I would.”
Bauerle struck out 15 and walked two in a one-hitter to lead the eighth-seeded Bobcats to a 2-1 Section Four Class C first-round baseball victory over visiting Spencer-Van Etten.
“His velocity was up and he threw strikes,” Mattingly said of Bauerle. “He had a lot of swings and misses, and he some called third strikes, but he just overpowered them.”
The ninth-seeded Panthers (9-8) received their lone hit from Tyler Ellenson, who singled to start the fourth inning. Ellensen stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on losing pitcher Eliot Deppe’s squeeze bunt to give S-VE a 1-0 lead.
B-G (14-3) tied it in the fifth. Tim Parsons hit a one-out triple to left-center and scored on a single by Jake Mazzarella.
Parsons and Mazzarella also collaborated on the winning run in the seventh inning.
Parsons singled with two outs. Parsons was on the move when Mazzarella hit a gapper to right-center and scored the winning run without a throw.
Parsons finished with two hits and scored both B-G runs. Mazzarella also had two hits and drove in both of the Bobcats’ runs.
Deppe finished with nine strikeouts in a six-hitter.
“The Deppe kid threw very well,” Mattingly said. “He had a live fastball and a couple of change-ups. He really kept us on our heels a bit. It was a great game and a great pitching duel, but Bauerle was an absolute horse on the mound.”
Next for B-G is a sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against top-seeded Seton Catholic Central. Mattingly said the game likely will be played at Broome Community College.
It’s possible the Bobcats will face Saints standout Mike Korchak, who struck out 15 Oneonta High hitters in a shutout earlier this season.
“I haven’t seen him, but I’ve heard about him,” Mattingly said. “My guess is they might throw him against us.”
Mattingly said he hasn’t decided who he’ll throw against SCC.
Sidney 17, Greene 10
Brandon Bessett and Pat Vibbard combined for 10 RBIs as seventh-seeded Sidney rallied for a Section Four Class C first-round win at home.
Vibbard’s four RBIs came on an inside-the-park grand slam that tied the score at 6 in the third inning.
After the 10th-seeded Trojans scored four times to take a 10-6 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Sidney scored eight times in the bottom of the inning.
Bessett had four RBIs in the fourth. Billy Kozak led off the inning with a single. He stole and second and third and scored on Bessett’s sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, Bessett hit a three-run double.
Bessett also had a two-run triple in the sixth that capped the scoring.
Zak Green threw three scoreless inning of relief for the Warriors (14-6), who received two hits apiece from Damian Zimmer and Noah McKee. Zimmer scored twice and McKee had two RBIs.
The Warriors will travel to second-seeded Lansing on Thursday for a quarterfinal. The Bobcats won the 2012 Class C state championship.
Trumansburg 13, UV 2
The 12th-seeded Storm pulled to 3-1 on an RBI single by Kyle King in the fifth, but Unadilla Valley allowed 10 unearned runs over the fifth and sixth innings in a first-round loss at fifth-seeded Trumansburg.
“We had a little momentum and we gave it right back to them,” said UV coach Tom Locke, whose team finished its season at 7-11.
T-burg (12-5) scored five unearned runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. UV finished with nine errors.
The Tigers scored three times in the first inning, including a two-run single by Justin Meddaugh, who finished 3-for-4.
Losing pitcher Nate Shackelton struck out seven over five-plus innings. He allowed eight runs, three of which were earned.
Austin Lewis had two hits for the Storm.
T-burg will play No. 13 Oxford or fourth-seeded Elmira Heights on Thursday in a quarterfinal.