Gnatek bounces back to secure title for Whitesboro


Bryce Gnatek went through all the emotions for Whitesboro baseball in the Section III Class A Finals.

He had a chance to secure the Section III Class A title for the Warriors against Jamesville-Dewitt in the bottom of the 10th inning, but surrendered a game-tying two-run triple.  He then had to work out of a major jam to keep Whitesboro’s hopes alive.

Gnatek escaped further trouble, and after Avery Cook put the Warriors back in front in the top of the 11th, shut the door in the bottom half.

“It’s all about composure,” Joey Panuccio said.  “(Bryce) was ready for that moment.  He gave up two runs, but he came back and fought.  That’s exactly what we needed.”

Gnatek came on in relief of Cook, who lasted 8.1 innings before having to be lifted due to pitch count.

“Bryce has pitched for us many times and he did a great job of just keeping the blinders on and staying focused,” head coach Tom Maggiolino said. “He kept attacking the strike zone.”

Whitesboro will be back in action this weekend in the state tournament.

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