Tonawanda News — Faso pitched in and out of trouble throughout the game, surrendering 11 hits and walking three batters. The Bulldogs had at least one runner in scoring position with less than two outs in six of the seven innings, but never scored after the first inning.
“(Faso's) a tough kid out there,” Haynes said. “He’s like 5 feet 6 inches tall and a battler. He loves the game of baseball, works very hard at what he does. He’s a big competitor, a great kid to have on the team and he’s a leader as one of the captains.”
Despite the loss, Kenmore East assistant coach Jeff Orlowski was happy with his team’s play. With coach Les Simon attending to the passing of his mother-in-law, the team came out looking to win for its coach.
Bulldogs right fielder John Mirabella went 3 for 3 with a double and Preston Smith went 2 for 4 with a triple and a single to start the seventh inning. Seven of the nine starting Bulldogs recorded a hit in the game.
Starting pitcher Jeff White did all he could to keep Kenmore East in the game, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing only two hits while striking out nine. But ultimately errors in the field and six walks gave Kenmore West its opportunities to score and win the game.
“I don’t think he gave up an earned run all day,” Orlowski said. “We went out to the mound after he walked the first guy (in the seventh) and said it’s your game to lose. You pitched too well to get to this point. He was striking guys out, he struggled at times but made some big pitches and was getting us out of innings. He’s our No. 1 for a reason and we are going to keep riding him and hopefully he will carry us the rest of this year.”