Tonawanda News — After two innings on Monday afternoon at Ramsay Field, North Tonawanda and Kenmore East had already combined for 15 runs.
The Bulldogs, looking for their first Niagara Frontier League win of the season, scored six runs over the next three innings to take a 14-7 lead to the seventh. The Lumberjacks’ bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh and senior Josh Brosius came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs after his team put up six runs in the frame and a chance to be the hero.
But Ken East reliever Zach Glaspy regained his composure after the NT offensive explosion, and struck Brosius out on four pitches to end the game, giving the Bulldogs a 14-13 victory.
“We nearly gave it away in the final inning,” said Ken East coach Leslie Simon. “I’m happy to win but somewhat disappointed. NT hung in there and didn’t quit and they played it out right to the end, so you have to give them credit. It was a wild game and we somehow managed to hang on and beat them.”
NT’s No. 1 arm Matt Noakes got the start for the Jacks. He lasted only three innings, allowing seven runs before Brosius took over.
Jacks coach Eric Partell said it was just a tough outing for Noakes, who combined with Brosius and junior Trevor Young to walk 14 Bulldog batter. Noakes got behind in a lot of counts and had to throw the fastball and Ken East hit it, Partell said.
At the dish, however, Noakes was in the zone. He went 3 for 5 with four RBI and Partell said he’s really starting to find his swing again after a little slump.
“He was swinging it well the first few games and then he started to slump a little bit,” he said. “We’ve been working him and now he’s coming back around. When he gets a ball down he hits it hard. He’s a good ball player.”