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Tuesday, April 10, 2018: Section 1 baseball team has ambidextrous freshman

   Leading off today: Let's have a hand for Alexander Hamilton freshman pitcher Tyler Field. Two hands actually, since he's ambidextrous.

   Field had a rough outing Monday against Irvington, having to throw 83 pitches in 2 2/3 innings, surrendering 11 hits and twice plucking batters with the bases loaded, but he figures to be fun to watch over the next few years.

   He struck out two batters while throwing right-handed and two more as a southpaw.

   A natural righty, he learned to throw left-handed in backyard while playing Whiffle Ball with his brothers.

   He worked excursively from the right side as a seventh-grader in modified games, then became confident enough in his southpaw abilities last spring to begin switching during games.

   "It's more fun to pitch left," Field said. "It catches a lot of hitters by surprise. The look on their face is priceless.

   "A lot of times a guy says, 'New pitcher.' Then another says, 'No, it's not.'"


   It's all downhill from here: Right-hander Josh Bystrak isn't going to produce a better pitching line than what he put up Monday.

   The Sweet Home senior threw a perfect game in a 1-0 victory over Maryvale. He fanned 10 batters and threw 92 pitches.


   Tony Frascatore doubled in the fourth inning and scored on a single by Keith Murphy to produce the only run.

   Coaching changes: St. Joe's made official what we mentioned in the previous blog, hiring Williamsville South's Gabe Michael as its new basketball coach.

   He takes over for Mark Simon a 300-game winner, who retired after 18 seasons.

   Michael's Billies won the overall Section 6 Class A championship in 2015 and 2016 and lost the A-1 finals the past two seasons. The latest was a 97-95 setback against West Seneca West in a four-overtime epic.

    • Tim Solomon will not be brought back as boys basketball coach at Baldwinsville, where he was 61-113 in nine seasons.

   "I met with the superintendent. He said they were going in a different direction," Solomon said.

    • Paul Liotti has stepped down after seven seasons as boys basketball coach at Harley Allendale-Columbia.

   Coming up: The New York State High School Clay Target League is poised to make a huge leap in participation when the season opens April 22.

   An estimated 1,149 students will compete on 59 teams this spring, as opposed to the 370 participants from 19 teams a year ago, The Post-Star reported.

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