Tonawanda News


May 31, 2013

Tonawanda captures B1 title for 2nd time in 4 years


Tonawanda News — Warthling said the Warriors, who extended their win streak to 14 straight games, are used to coming from behind to win games this season.

“It’s a great thing, It’s a great game,” he said. “We’ve been coming from behind all year so it’s nothing new to us.”

Pullo pitched a complete game for the Warriors, surrendering 11 hits. He recorded six strike outs and made a huge catch to end the game when Springville had the tying run on second base and were threatening with two big hits in the final inning. 

“It was a great feeling. Luckily I’m a pretty good fielder on the pitcher’s mound,” Pullo said. “It was a pretty hard shot off the bat. I give them credit for battling back in the last inning, but I was able to get my glove on it and catch it.”

There’s no time for Tonawanda to rest as they play today in the Class B championship game against Fredonia in Jamestown at 5 p.m. Frank will send Jared Zellner to the mound and said he’s enforcing the 24-hour rule, letting the team enjoy the victory today before preparation begins again tomorrow.

Frank also gave credit to every member of the Tonawanda baseball family that’s been through the program over the past four seasons. He said the championship is truly a program achievement.

“I’m proud of everyone involved, from those who have come through the program in the past to the players that we currently have here,” he said. “They’re all a part of this. They all share in it. To be in the finals three of the last four years and claim the B1 final for the seance time in the last four — there’s no better feeling.”

NOTES: Ben Stich and Cody McGregor each had two hits in the game. … led the Warriors with two RBIs. … Bret Kelly drew a pair of walks in the game, one scored the tying run in the sixth. … Stich has two stolen bases.

Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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