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  • SCHOLASTIC BASEBALL: Richfield Springs beats Laurens to start season


    Ben Smith had three hits and three runs batted in Friday and Joe Kelly pitched four strong innings of relief as the Richfield Springs Indians opened their season with a 16-4 win over the Laurens Leopards.

    (ALSO: Herkimer 11, Ilion 8; and Mohawk 3, Remsen 2.)

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    Ben Smith had three hits and three runs batted in Friday and Joe Kelly pitched four strong innings of relief as the Richfield Springs Indians opened their season with a 16-4 win over the Laurens Leopards.
    The Indians (3-0) trailed 3-0 early and were tied at 4 after three innings. Kelly shut the Leopards out through the sixth inning and Kyler Mower struck out the side in the seventh to end the game. Kelly, Mower and starter Keegan Wheelock-Tanner combined to fan 14 batters and walk 12.
    Catcher Luke VanRiper singled, doubled, tripled, scored three runs and drove in two for Richfield Springs. Smith also scored three runs while Chris Young had two hits and drove in three. Jerald Gardner, Kelly and Wheelock-Tanner each chipped in with two hits among the Indians’ 17 on a chilly day with a 40-degree game time temperature and occasional snowfall. Gardner and Kelly each drove in two runs and scored three.
    Logan Barra had one of the Leopards’ three hits and drove home two of their four runs.
    The Indians’ next game is Tuesday at Cherry Valley-Springfield.
    Richfield Springs    004 215 4 — 16 17  2
    Laurens    211 000 0  —  4   3  2
    Keegan Wheelock-Tanner, Joe Kelly (3), Kyle Mower (7) and Luke VanRiper. Mitchell Barra, Logan Barra (5) and Phoenix Howard. W — Kelly. L — M.Barra. 2B — Richfield Springs, Ben Smith, Chris Young, Keegan Wheelock-Tanner, Joe Kelly, Luke VanRiper. 3B — Richfield Springs, Jerald Gardner, VanRiper. Records — Richfield Springs 1-0; Laurens 0-1.
    ILION, N.Y. — The Herkimer Magicians scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning then held on to beat Ilion 11-8 on the road Friday in the opening game for both squads.
    Ilion had tied the game at 4 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth before Herkimer broke the game open in the sixth. Leading 11-4, Herkimer allowed two runs in the sixth inning on Cam Taylor’s two-run single and two more in the seventh before closing the game out.
    Left-hander Ryan Fahy, the winning pitcher in relief for Herkimer, and starter Stephen Scialdo combined to allow only four Ilion hits. Scialdo struck out eight batters but walked 10 in the icy wind before handing the ball to Fahy; each pitcher allowed two hits.
    At the plate, Scialdo rapped four hits and drove in two runs. Mitchell Scherer added three hits and two runs batted in.
    Ryan Gookins tripled and drove in a run for Ilion.
    Herkimer takes on Holland Patent in its home opener Monday afternoon. Ilion is scheduled to scrimmage Little Falls Tuesday at 11 a.m.
    Herkimer    003 107 0 — 11 11  1
    Ilion    002 022 2  —  8   4  2
    W — Ryan Fahy. L — Bryan Bennett. 2B — Herkimer, Mitchell Scherer, Stephen Scialdo; Ilion, Matt Klosner. 3B — Ilion, Ryan Gookins. Records — Herkimer 1-0; Ilion 0-1.
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    MOHAWK, N.Y. — Connor Schultz drove in the winning run Friday as the Mohawk Mohicans came from behind to beat Remsen’s Rams 3-2.
    With the game tied at 2, McKensy Reardon reached base for the Mohicans in the sixth inning, stole second and continued to third on an overthrow before coming home on the hit by Schultz.
    Mohawk had tied the score with a run one inning earlier.
    Starting pitcher Eric Bowes struck out eight Remsen batters over four innings and allowed single runs in the second and third innings. Mike Santillo pitched the final three innings in relief and picked up the win with six more strikeouts.
    The Mohicans (2-0) open Division II play in the Center State Conference with a trip to Little Falls April 15.
    Remsen    011 000 0 — 2  3  3
    Mohawk    100 011 X — 3  8  1
    Eric Bowes, Mike Santillo (5) and Paul Joyce. Brian Countryman, Sebastian Bullard (6) and n/a. W — Santillo. L — Countryman. Records — Remsen 0-1; Mohawk 2-0.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports