HORNELL — Dansville came out on top of a back-and-forth battle against Hornell Wednesday evening by a 6-4 final as the Mustangs were able to officially sweep the season series with the Red Raiders for the 2018 regular season.

The Mustangs used a strong performance on the mound from Hunter Little and some very timely hits in order to eventually grab the 6-4 win in Hornell. Little finished with the complete-game win, allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out six.

“He battled out there today. He probably didn’t have his best stuff today, but he just battled. I mean we haven’t played Bath yet, but Hornell is probably the most talented lineup we’ve faced. They just haven’t put it together yet,” said Dansville coach Tom Hober. “Hunter kept it together and got outs when he need to. It was gutsy and that’s what he’s done all year. Can’t ask for more than that.”

The Red Raiders got the first points up on the board in the bottom of the first inning. After Luke Smith reached base on an error, Andrew Carson stepped in to the box and roped a single into centerfield that allowed Smith to score from second base.

The Mustangs responded by taking the lead for the first time in the top of the second by scoring a pair of runs. After Dylan Race and Bryan Allen worked walks to reach base, Derek Bell crushed a double into deep centerfield that scored Race and put Allen on third. Allen scored moments later on a passed ball to give Dansville the 2-1 lead.

Hornell tied things up in the bottom half of the third thanks to a run scored by Zach Miles. Miles led the inning off with a single and moved to second on a base hit from Carson. An infield single from Spencer Weyand then moved him to third, which allowed Zach Thurston to get an RBI with a sacrifice groundball.

Once again Dansville responded in the top of the fourth in order to quickly take the lead back. Bryan Allen led things off with a single and moved around the base paths on an error. He was able to come home when Dan Kaszuba put a sacrifice fly into right field.

But Hornell tied the game up once again in the bottom of the frame. Connor O’Rourke put himself into scoring position when he blasted a ball to the fence in right field and rounded the bases for a triple. Taylor Stutzman then ripped a double into the outfield and O’Rourke was able to jog home and tie the game at 3-3.

Dansville took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning when it scored a pair of runs to take the 5-3 lead. Jacob Failia singled and Allen worked a walk in order to put runners on for the Mustangs. Bell and Douglas then ripped off back-to-back singles for the Mustangs in order to bring both runners home going into the bottom of the fifth.

“These kids don’t get down on each other, which honestly is pretty rare right now because that is something this generation does. They don’t blame each other. If they can keep doing that, we will be alright,” said Hober. “We did what we needed to. The kids are trying to do everything that you ask them to do, and that’s all we want.”

Hornell added one final run when Andrew Carson worked a walk and then stole second base. He scored moments later when Justin D’Amato doubled into left field for an RBI.

Dansville added one insurance run in the sixth inning when Brody Stone scored on a passed ball, but Little made quick work of the Red Raiders in the sixth and seventh innings in order to preserve his 6-4 road win.

Dansville (6-4) now heads to Bath-Haverling Friday evening at 4:30 p.m. Hornell (4-5) heads to Olean today at 5 p.m.

“We are still just too inconsistent right now. On days that we hit, we don’t pitch. On days we pitch, we don’t hit. On days we hit and pitch, we can’t catch,” said Dyring. “At some point, we will have to put it all together.”

Dansville 020 121 0 — 6 6 1 Hornell 101 110 0 — 4 10 2

Dansville: Hunter Little (WP) and Brody Stone. Hornell: Spencer Weyand (LP), Luke Smith (3IP) and Zach Thurston.