Webster Falls in Opener

By Paul Gotham

(Scio, N.Y.) Dave Brust got the pitching performance he needed. The Webster Yankee head coach will have to wait for the hitting attack he wants.

Bryant Guilmette  (UMass-Lowell) held the Allegany County Nitros to two runs on seven hits through eight innings, but he came away with a loss in the New York Collegiate Baseball League season opener, 2-0.

Guilmette struck out five and walked one in his first start for the home nine.

“Bryant gave us a solid outing,” said Brust. “70 percent of the pitches he threw were for strikes. I can’t ask for more than that.”

Guilmette enters his second tour of duty with the pinstripes.  The southpaw made 17 appearances in relief last year. None more impressive than three-game stretch last June when he earned a POTW.  In three relief appearances, the lefty allowed zero earned runs while striking out five and earning two saves.

Unfortunately, Webster bats managed just three hits of their own Friday night.

“For a lot of the guys, it’s been a couple of weeks since their school season ended,” mentioned Brust. “They will get into it, and the hits will come. Our defense was very good,” added Brust making special mention Tyler Grogg (Toledo) in center field.

Blake Beemer (Ball State) led the Yanks with a pair of hits. Chase Grissom (Monroe) added a single.  Webster threatened in the third when Thomas Kufel (Mercyhurst) led off the inning reaching second on a throwing error.  One out later, Kufel moved to third when Wes Winkle (Ball State) grounded to the right side of the infield. Kufel was left stranded nine feet away from home.

Allegany County scored a run in the third. Ryan DiMascio(Oklahoma City)  led the frame with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Rowell(Arkansas-Little Rock). The Nitros added an insurance run in the eighth. DiMascio again did the damage leading with a single and eventually crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Vincent Malzahn(St. Thomas Aquinas).

After an off day, the Yanks host the Alfred Thunder for their home opener at Basket Road Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Webster Athletic Association Baseball will join the Yankees for the pre-game festivities. Out-of-town fans can listen to game’s online at TEAMLINE radio – your internet home for the NYCBL.

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