Burdett strong on hill to lead Hornell

HORNELL — Hornell rode a strong performance from Collin Burdett on the hill and the rest of the Red Raiders played a complete game behind him in order to grab a 3-0 win over Wayland-Cohocton on Thursday evening at Maple City Park.

Burdett earned a complete game win in seven innings, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out five in an absolutely dominating performance.

“He’s had some good games this year. But this was the best that he has thrown and that is saying something. He was hitting his location and he threw the breaking ball for a strike even when he got behind in the count,” said HHS coach Brian Dyring. “He stuck with us on the pitch calls and he executed. That’s all that you can ask.”

The Hornell offense scored runs second, fifth and sixth innings in order to work out to the 3-0 final.

“I told them that this is the perfect formula to win a baseball game. Great pitching, great fielding and timely hitting,” said Dyring. “I don’t think we swung that bat quite as well as we did against Wellsville, but when we had big opportunities, we took advantage of them. That really was the most complete game that we’ve played all year.”

Jonas Sciotti started off the second inning with a single and eventually worked his way around the bases, finally scoring thanks to a sacrifice fly from Nick Oyer.

With two outs in the fifth inning, Connor O’Rourke did a great job of putting a ball in play that allowed him to reach first on an error. That’s when Tyler Acton crushed an RBI double deep into the outfield that brought O’Rourke home and made Hornell’s advantage 2-0.

The Red Raiders added one final insurance run in the sixth inning. Ethan Curran led the inning off with a big double and then moved over to third base on a single from Oyer. Justin D’Amato then put a sacrifice fly into centerfield that scored Curran and brought the score to its 3-0 final.

Hornell (7-5) now hosts Haverling under the lights at Maple City Park on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.