AND YOU’RE OUT — Kyle McCarthy of Springville turns a double play, during Team New Era’s 7 – 5 win against Clarence. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — Two Springville-Griffith Institute athletes, Kyle Warner and Kyle McCarthy, are leading the way for Team New Era.
This team consists of 15- and 16-year-olds from across Western New York and beyond.
On June 30, the Springville pair showed up, as Team New Era swept Clarence, in a double-header.
During game one, Clarence brought the score to 4 – 1, by the bottom of the fourth inning. A Clarence runner came around, to score from second base.
New Era Coach Ron Closson was forced to make a pitching change and sent Warner, a tall left-hander, to do the job, in relief.
With runners on first and third base, Warner struck out the first batter he faced, to get out of the jam. The game would remain a stalemate until the top of the sixth inning, when McCarthy hit a 2-run single to center field. After that hit, New Era trailed at 4 – 3.
The Springville athletes’ team had one last shot to tie the game, in the top of the seventh. New Era did that and more.
WATCH IT SOAR — Kyle Warner struck out eight, during New Era’s win against Clarence.
Warner drew a walk, to lead off the inning, and came around, to score and tie the game off an RBI double by Ethan Claydon. That movement sparked a 4-run inning for Team New Era.
McCarthy finished off the scoring with an RBI double to left center, providing New Era with a 7 – 4 lead.
During the bottom half of the game, after giving up two hits and one unearned run, to start the inning, Warner struck out the side, to end the Clarence team’s threat and take the 7 – 5 victory.
After falling behind 4 – 1 early, New Era outscored Clarence 6 – 1, during the last three innings of the contest. “They’re pretty good about that,” Closson said. “Our team doesn’t give up. We have some great hitters. It’s just a matter of time before we strike.
“We don’t always start off on a good shake, but it comes around,” he added. “If we can keep them at a certain number, we have a good shot at winning a lot of games. Kyle [Warner] came in, shut the door and left us that opportunity.”
Warner came in with two outs, during the fourth inning, and pitched the rest of the way, to get the win on the mound. He struck out eight and allowed four base runners, in 3 1/3 innings of work.
His earned run average sits at a 1.93 clip and he has racked up 37 strikeouts in six games pitched.
Strikeouts are not new to Warner who, in his first career start on the S-GI junior varsity baseball team, struck out 14 batters, during a win against Tonawanda.
Warner lost one decision, all year, for the Springville Griffins. He fronted a Springville rotation that finished the season 14 – 2.
The athlete’s season on the junior varsity team earned him a call-up to the varsity squad for the playoffs, where he had a hit in his first at bat.
“He’s very smooth,” Closson said. “He’s very solid. He throws about 60 – 70 percent strikes, so he really gets ahead. That helps us out a lot, especially in tournaments. He keeps us out of trouble, by throwing a lot of strikes. He did just that, today.”
Warner is hitting .400 on the season, for Team New Era. His teammate and Springville classmate Kyle McCarthy went 3 – 4 during New Era’s win against Clarence.
This athlete led the team with three hits, as well as 3 runs batted in.
McCarthy played the entire spring season with the varsity squad at S-GI. He was pulled up by Coach Ron Tamraz and saw time at second base and as catcher.
Hitting out of the 9 spot, McCarthy was one of Springville’s most consistent players, in terms of getting on base.
During Springville’s sectional final game against Tonawanda, McCarthy went two for three, with 2 runs scored. He was the only Springville player to play the entire season, without committing a field error.
“He’s a very solid player,” Closson said. “He plays a couple different positions for us. He’s a really good hitter; good fastball hitter. He hits the ball up the middle, quite often. We have a lot of good hitters on our team, so him being our 3-hitter says a lot.”
During game two of the double header, New Era shut Clarence out 5 – 0, behind the pitching of Tyler Wood.
Wood is one of two Canadian players on this team. He pitched a complete game, allowing five hits.
Warner led the team at the plate, going two for two.
The New Era 15U team traveled to Ohio on July 5, to compete in the Top Gun Classic.