Tonawanda News — "In four playoff games we gave up three runs," he said. "Championship teams win in the playoffs with pitching and defense. Defense almost let us down but it came through in the end. Cam Voss — what a super job he did."
Frank sent Zellner to the mound, the star of the semifinal win over East Aurora (5 innings pitched and 10 strikeouts), but the senior struggled all day long. He allowed only five hits, but he walked six batters and hit four more.
The Hillbillies seemed to do everything they could to blow the game, leaving the bases loaded on two separate occasions, but Voss allowed very little opportunity for the Tribe to get back in the game.
"(Voss) threw a good game. A sophomore coming in on a big stage like this here," Frank said. "He commanded the zone well and unfortunately we weren't able to capitalize on our opportunities."
Zellner, like most of the Warriors' lineup, had his struggles at the plate as well, going 0 for 4 in the game with three strike outs. He struck out in five of his final seven at bats of the season.
Frank said that despite the disappointment the team feels after playing a close game and battling all season long, it has nothing to be ashamed of.
"The kids battled hard all season long and all sectionals long," he said. "They have a lot to be proud of and should hold their heads up high because they certainly accomplished a lot in the division and in the section. No one likes to lose, especially a tight game like this here. Emotions are high, but the kids have nothing to hang their heads about."
The Warriors graduate five starters in No. 1 pitcher Nick Pullo, Zellner, Warthling, Patrick Ball and Tyler Hughes, but Frank said the future is bright for the reigning Section VI Class B1 champions.