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Tarp Skunks blanked

Cannoe leads nine-hit attack as Batavia beats Jamestown 7-0

Times Observer Photo by Matt Spielman Batavia’s Alec Maag slides safely into third after tagging up on a fly ball as Jamestown’s Cody Bey awaits a late throw during the second inning of Friday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League West Division game at Diethrick Park in Jamestown, N.Y.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Batavia brought its ‘A’ game to Diethrick Park on Friday night.

From start to finish.

Tyler Cannoe and a quartet of pitchers saw to that.

Cannoe belted a three-run home run to highlight a five-run fifth inning and that was more than enough to send the Muckdogs to an impressive 7-0 victory over Jamestown in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game.

The win raises Batavia’s record to 11-4 in the West Division while the Tarp Skunks fall to 11-7-1.

Times Observer Photo by Matt Spielman Batavia’s Tyler Cannoe is congratulated by teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of Friday’s PGCBL West Division game against the Jamestown Tarp Skunks at Diethrick Park in Jamestown, N.Y.

Cannoe, who has 19 RBIs on the season, had plenty of help offensively as Levis Aguila Jr. (double) collected three hits to raise his average to a league-best .519 and Jerry Reinhart added an RBI double.

Joshua Milleville, who pitched seven strong innings, struck out eight and walked one, was the beneficiary. Anthony Sullivan, Julian Pichardo and Carlos Rodriguez kept the shutout in order with Rodriguez striking out the side to close it out.

“I thought that was the best game Batavia played all year,” Tarp Skunks manager Jordan Basile said. “(Milleville) threw strikes and he threw three pitches. Overall, I thought it was a clean baseball game, but a game we got behind in early and we just never really came back.”

Jamestown, which managed five singles, had its best scoring chance in the eighth when Royce Frazier singled with one out — his second hit of the game — and Henry Martinez and Cody Bey walked. But Pichardo got Yogie Hartigan to fly out and he struck out Padraig O’Shaughnessy to end the threat.

Batavia scored twice in the first inning off Jamestown losing pitcher Patrick DeMarco, courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Daniel Burroway and an RBI double by Reinhart. The score remained 2-0 until the fifth when DeMarco hit two batters, walked another, tossed a wild pitch and gave up the run-scoring double to Aguila and the three-run homer to Cannoe.

“I didn’t think Pat threw bad at all,” Basile said of DeMarco. “He worked quick and he threw strikes. They put the bat on the ball and took the lead early, but I thought he had good composure. Their No. 3 hitter (Cannoe) ran into that ball (for the home run), they took that 7-0 lead and we just never came back from it.”

Armed with a comfortable lead, the Muckdogs managed just two hits over the final four innings against the Jamestown relief corps of Kenny Miskik Connor DeMoss and Corey Shields.

NOTES: After the game, the large crowd was treated to a fireworks display. … The Tarp Skunks hit the road for games against Elmira at 7 tonight and against Geneva at 5:05 p.m. Sunday. They’ll return home Monday for a 6:30 p.m. game against Niagara. That night will include tickets, beer, pop and hot dogs for $2 each.

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