Hornell Baseball: Red Raiders run past Dansville Mustangs

Hornell gets five-inning win over Dansville

Sean Curran
The Evening Tribune
Hornell's Griffyn Baker slides into home on a passed ball during Monday's game in Dansville.

DANSVILLE — Matt McKee achieved an extremely rare win on Monday evening, earning the complete game win in just five innings over two different days as the Hornell Red Raiders defeated the Dansville Mustangs by an 18-3 final at Babcock Park in Dansville.

McKee got the original start on Friday, May 7 and helped get Hornell the 4-2 lead after the first inning, but going into the second inning, the downpour caused the game to be postponed until Monday evening, where the teams resumed play in the second inning.

McKee went right back to work, as he finished the final four innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out five total batters in the win.

“He threw a lot better today. In his first start of the year against Avon, he was really great, and then in his second start, he didn’t quite have the same stuff. But today he got back on track, he kept stuff in the zone, pitched to contact and trusted his defense. He did a really good job,” said HHS Head Coach Jake Kenney.

In that first game, Hornell took the early lead as Jonas Sciotti got the game started off with a walk to reach base. He was quickly joined on the basepaths by a Nick Oyer single and another walk from Brennan Khork. Cullen Haley then got the first run across the plate with an RBI walk. Gates Miller followed with an RBI infield single and then Griffyn Baker singled to bring across the third run of the inning. Haley scored the fourth and final run of the inning on a passed ball to give HHS the 4-0 lead after the top of the first.

In the bottom half of the frame, Ryan Carnevale reached base on an infield single and Shane Crandall walked to reach first base. William Delaney also reached on a walk, and then two runners came around to touch home thanks to an RBI single from Bryce Applin to make the score 4-2 after the first inning of play.

Monday’s continuation had a slow start with neither team scoring in the second inning, but then Hornell’s offense got right back to work in the third inning. Griffyn Baker got on base thanks to a fielder’s choice, and then Gennaro Picco worked a walk. Cullen Rilye worked another walk to load the bases, and an error allowed Baker to cross the plate. Dom Nasca then put a single into play for an RBI that gave HHS the 6-2 lead.

Dansville got a run back in the home half of the inning as Ryan Carnevale scored on an RBI single from Caleb Rigdon, but Hornell’s offense came alive and put the game away in the final two innings.

Hornell's Jonas Sciotti attempts to make the tag on Dansville's Ryan Carnevale during Monday's game in Dansville.

In the top of the fourth, Brennan Khork started things off with a huge double into the right field gap. Cullen Haley worked a walk and then Gates Miller singled to load up the bases. Griffyn Baker and Gennaro Picco punched RBI singles into the outfield to bring home a pair of runs, and then Baker scored moments later on a passed ball to give HHS the 9-3 lead.

The fifth inning started with back-to-back doubles from Nick Oyer and Khork, allowing Oyer to easily score. Haley then smashed another double to deep center field that allowed Khork to cruise home. Wyatt Argentieri and Baker each walked, bringing home Haley on a passed ball in the process. Picco added another RBI to his day with a single, and then Rilye singled as well to score a run. Jonas Sciotti got his first RBI of the day with a bases loaded walk, and then Oyer followed with the exact same formula to push Hornell’s lead out to 15-3.

Khork then ripped a hard shot down the left field line for two RBI, and Collin Burdett rounded out the scoring with a sacrifice RBI that scored Argentieri and brought the lead to its 18-3 final.

“We were a little rusty that first time through the order, we weren’t really squaring balls up. But that second time through the order, our timing was better. We got more barrels on the ball and drove some balls to the outfield. We knew there was going to be some rust after not playing for a week, but they were able to shake it off pretty quick and had a good offensive output tonight,” said Kenney.

McKee quickly retired the Mustangs in the bottom of the fifth, which gave HHS another big win in just five innings of work.

Hornell improves to 7-1 on the season and now heads into one of their most important stretches of the season. The Red Raiders faced Haverling on Tuesday night and now look to welcome the Mustangs at Maple City Park on Thursday evening at 4:30 p.m.

Hornell's Griffyn Baker tosses the ball to pitcher Matt McKee, who is covering first base during Monday's win over Dansville.

“On the scoreboard, it looked like we played pretty well. But we were a little sloppy in some areas. We are going to have to clean some things up, but we have to just take it one game at a time. I told them last week, we are off to a good start, but this week is going to determine whether we have a good season or a great season, and I think they are ready for that challenge,” said Kenney.