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2018-06-13 / Sports

Resti Lifts Eagles to Semifinal Win

By Tom Coddington


D/H’s Ray Rynearson reaches into the dugout to make a catch in front of his teammates on the bench during his team’s 3-0 state semi-final win over Brocton on Friday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter D/H’s Ray Rynearson reaches into the dugout to make a catch in front of his teammates on the bench during his team’s 3-0 state semi-final win over Brocton on Friday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter BINGHAMTON — The Class D semifinal baseball game between Deposit/Hancock and Section VI champion Brocton on Friday was a “barn-burner.” The Section IV champs were the visiting team and went down 1-2-3 in the first inning. The first Brocton batter reached on an error, but the Eagles hurler, Luke Resti, set down the next three batters.

D/H’s Owen Wormuth, who led off in the second stanza, singled up the middle and stole second. One out later, Caleb Walker reached on a throwing error and Wormuth raced home for the first score in the game.

Resti shut out the Bulldogs in the second. In the top of the third, Cole Russell singled with one out, but got no further than second base. In the bottom half, Brocton’s Gabe Rosas walked and Caleb Chelton reached on an error, but Resti got the next three batters on two infield grounders and a strikeout.


D/H's Caleb Walker connects with a pitch during his team's Friday win. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter D/H's Caleb Walker connects with a pitch during his team's Friday win. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter In the third inning, Cole Russell singled with one out but was stranded there. Resti set three batters down in order in the bottom half. Neither team had anyone on base in the fourth and fifth innings, as Brocton pitcher Ronald Brown and Resti kept on in the pitchers’ duel.

Things got better for the Eagles in the sixth inning. Russell walked and Resti scored him with a double. Wo rmu t h was hit by a pitch and Austin Lenio walked, scoring Jackson Miller, who ran for Resti. It was the final run of the game. Charlie Rexford got the only hit off Resti as he led off the bottom of the seventh stanza, but Resti struck out the next batter, and the next one hit a foul pop-up, which D/H first baseman Ray Rynerason caught in front of his own dugout. Resti walked the next batter, but then struck out the last hitter to end the game.


DH’s Owen Wormuth crosses the plate to score a run in front of Brocton catcher Jordan Krystofiak on Friday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter DH’s Owen Wormuth crosses the plate to score a run in front of Brocton catcher Jordan Krystofiak on Friday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Brown struck out eight Eagles allowed only five hits, two of them by Brody Soules. Resti struck out 10 Bulldogs. D/H Head Coach Brandon Olbrys commented of Resti, “I was impressed. Luke’s ability to lock in every pitch and hit his spots was off the charts. It was a lot of fun calling pitches, and Luke executing them like a machine.” Of Soules, he said, Brody put in a lot of work in the winter months this year. His hard work toward being a better hitter has helped our line up fill out.”



D/H’s Luke Resti reacts after finishing his complete game shutout win over Brocton. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter D/H’s Luke Resti reacts after finishing his complete game shutout win over Brocton. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter

D/H’s Jackson Miller reacts after scoring during his team’s win over Brocton on Friday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter D/H’s Jackson Miller reacts after scoring during his team’s win over Brocton on Friday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter

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