Wellsville baseball coach Dennie Miles can rattle off a few particular numbers with ease.

Eighteen, 12, 42, 702 and 713.

Seven hundred and two was the number of wins Miles had to begin his 42nd season with the Lions, and 713 is the number he’s chasing. With the latter number, he would surpass East Rochester coach Dom Cecera as the second winningest high school coach in New York State history.

As it stands, Miles has already achieved one major milestone this season. With Wednesday’s triumph over Dansville, he tied former Bishop Kearney mentor Ed Nietopski for most wins by a coach in Section 5 with 705, good for third most on the NYS all-time list.

His young Lions could get him to No. 2 with even a .500 season, but Miles is expecting more out of his traditionally strong charges.

Last year, the Lions went 17-6, seeing their season come to an end with an 11-6 defeat by Livonia in the Section 5 Class B semifinals.

“Seventeen wins is good, but we hope to make a longer run in the postseason,” Miles said. “Our goal is to always win a Section 5 title.”

In his 41 years at Wellsville, Miles and the Lions have reached 18 sectional championship games, coming out on top 12 times.

As for his current team, playing in a sectional title game is an experience none of his players have had. In the last seven seasons, Wellsville has played in three Section 5 championship games, including a loss to Livonia in 2015 and another to Wayland-Cohocton in 2013.

The last time Wellsville won it? In 2011, when the Lions squeaked past Holley, 5-4, before losing to Hornell, 7-5, in the state qualifier.

And while these Lions may be young in age, they’re not youthful from an experience standpoint.

“We started a bunch of young kids last year, and our pitching staff was primarily underclassmen,” Miles said.

Five of the Lions’ six main pitchers have thrown in the low 80s, making for a pitching rotation unlike any Miles has coached before. The Lions return the duo of junior Fourth Team All-State pitcher Joe Tronetti and sophomore Tyler Smith, who accounted for eight and six wins, respectively.

The team will also welcome back senior Jake Seeley, an Eighth-Team All-State second baseman who hit .360 last season, and three-year starting catcher Colby Griffiths.

With six new players joining the fold, the Lions look solid at all positions, according to Miles.

Miles is optimistic about his team’s chance of making it back to a sectional title game.

“Our outlook is bright,” he said. “With 15 wins returning on the mound, seven returning players, and six of those seven hitting over .300, we should have a good chance at success this season.”

One of the Lions’ biggest concerns this year will be speed along the bases, with the players accounting for 82 of the 115 stolen bases from the 2017 season graduating last June. Coming up on such a milestone, Miles has a lot to look back on in his 42 years of coaching.

“I tell everyone I started when I was 10,” he said jokingly.

Miles says he rarely looks back at his nearly half century-long coaching tenure.

“I always said in my career, I never wanted to take the time to reflect, I always wanted to move forward,” he said. “Milestones like this, though, make you look back and remember the good old days, how far you’ve come and all the great players that have come through your program.”

The Lions are now just eight wins from making Miles the second winningest coach in state annals. He’s also one victory away from taking sole possession of first place for wins in Section 5, which he can achieve today at Cuba-Rushford.

Here is a capsule look at the Big 30 baseball teams in Allegany County:

ANDOVER

League: Allegany Co. Div. I

Coach: Jacob Bannerman (2nd year, 5-12)

2017 record/postseason: 5-12; Bradford (N.Y.) (L, 11-5, Sec. 5 D2 pre-quarterfinal)

Roster: Hunter Greene (sr., P/IF, .375 avg., 15 RBI, .400 OBP), Ethan Bryan (sr., OF), Gage Geffers (sr., OF), Kaiden McCormick (sr., OF), Chris Calladine (jr., P/OF, .395 avg., 2 HR, .587 OBP, 40 IP, 3.18 ERA, 41 SO), Colby Walker (jr., C/IF, .333 avg., .452 OBP, 19 runs), Hunter Allen (jr., IF/P, .292 avg., 11 RBI, 16 IP), Marc Givens (jr., OF), Bryce Warriner (jr., OF), Noah Greene (so., 1B/OF), Kayden Zengerle (fr., OF/P), Bryce Perry (fr., OF/P), Chris Walker (fr., IF/C), Spencer Cook (fr., IF/P)

Dugout notes: “We return the vast majority of our starting lineup and returners look improved from last year. We’ll look to be much improved defensively as well, and look to take advantage of our speed around the bases. Young players will gain valuable experience and learn the varsity game.”

BELFAST

League: Allegany Co. Div. II

Coach: Derek Kenyon (5th year, 27-37)

2017 record/postseason: 12-4; Avoca (W, 4-3, Sec. 5 D2 quarterfinal), Arkport (L, 2-9, Sec. 5 D2 semifinal)

Roster: Austin Gustason (sr., 2B/P, .372 avg., 16 RBI) Shane Preston (sr., 1B/P, .373 avg., 14 RBI), Kevin McCumsikey (jr., SS/P, .426 avg., 25 RBI, 1 HR), Adam Enders (jr., .453 avg., 23 runs, 1 HR), Johnathan West (jr. C/2B, .300 avg., 14 runs), Zach Bradshaw (jr., 3B/OF, .286 avg. 15, 2 doubles) Alex Enders (jr. LF/3B, .238 avg., 15 runs), Mackenzie Cox (jr., CF/C, .379 avg., 2 triples), Nate Hurd (so., 2B/OF, .111 avg., 2 RBI), Kyle Comstock (so., OF/P), Hunter Enders (so. 3B/OF), Stephen Struckmann (fr., 1B, Ut.)

Dugout notes: “Bringing eight starters back for the 2018 season, we look ready for another deep run in sectionals. Coming off two straight Allegany Co. Div. II titles, the team is eager to defend and win another.”

BOLIVAR-RICHBURG

League: Allegany Co. Div. I

Coach: Dustin Allen (16th year, 233-95-1)

2017 record/postseason: 12-9; South Seneca/Romulus (W, 8-5, Sec. 5 C2 pre-quarterfinal), Keshequa (W, 8-1, Sec. 5 C2 quarterfinal), Avon (L, 7-3, Sec. 5 C2, semi-final)

Roster: Parker Cole (sr., P/SS, 4-3, 2.71 ERA, 58 SO), Kristian Miller (sr., C/P, 2-0, 2.27 ERA, .397 avg.), Gavin Clemens (sr., 3B, .365 avg., 17 RBI), Damien Cook (sr., IF/P), Aaron Gowdy (sr., OF), Carter Johnson (sr., 1B), Micah Crump (jr,. IF/P), Riley McDonald (jr. IF/OF), Nik Rauch (jr., OF), Logan Bess (fr., IF/P)

Dugout notes: “We returned a good core of experienced players. We need the newcomers to come in ready to play. As a pitching staff, we need to cut down on the walks. With our speed we should be able to be aggressive on offense. This year’s schedule is very challenging but should prepare us for sectionals.

CUBA-RUSHFORD

League: Allegany Co. Div. I

Coach: Steve Yatzkanic

2017 record/postseason: 3-14; Campbell Savona (L, 1-5, Sec. 5 C2 pre-quarterfinal)

Roster: Nathan Sage (sr., OF), Francisco Rosario (sr., IF), Dawson Sanderson (sr.,OF), Ben Frank (jr., 1B/P), Curtis Shaffer (jr., P/IF), Elijah Broshar (jr., IF/OF), Andrew Clement (so., IF), Daniel Emerson (so., IF/P), Nathan Pinney (so., OF/P), Kaden Moyer (so., C), Brady McCumiskey (so. IF/P)

Dugout notes: “After a rebuilding year, we hope to show improvement this season. The injury bug has hampered our key players. Last season, starting pitcher and leading hitter Dan Emerson, missed games due to a hamstring injury. This year, two-year starter Nik Freeman was lost due to knee surgery. We have a solid nucleus returning, with a good core of pitchers. We can’t afford anymore injuries with only 11 players on the roster.”

FILLMORE

League: Allegany Co. Div I

Coach: Bill Nolan

2017 record/postseason: 16-2; Hammondsport (W, 12-1, Sec. 5 D1 quarterfinal), Honeoye (W, 7-1, Sec. 5 D1 semifinal), Lyndonville (L, 6-2, Sec. 5 D1 final)

FRIENDSHIP

League: Allegany Co. Div II

Coach: Brad Gertis (4th year, 9-44)

2017 record/postseason: 3-14; Scio (Sec. 8-7, 5 D2 pre-quarterfinal)

Roster: Calum Ruxton (sr., OF/P, .220 avg.), Colyn Stewart (sr., OF/P, .390 avg.), Caleb Freeman (sr. OF/IF), Aaron Cummins (jr., P/1B) Tres Deleon (jr. OF), Jimmy Deleon (jr., OF), Noah Boutwell (jr., SS/P, .205 avg.) Jacob Blouvet (jr., 2B/OF), Tristen Budell (jr. IF/OF), Austin Musselwhite (jr., P/IF/OF), Alex Smith (so., C/OF, .269 avg.), Micah Hosley (so., 1B/P), Tyson Musselwhite (so., IF/P), Dekota Stewart (fr., C/P/IF)

Dugout notes: “We have nearly our entire team returning, which includes a deep amount of pitchers that will come in handy with the pitch count rules and 4-5 games a week. Looking for a lot of leadership out of fourth year starter Colyn Stewart and third-year starter Calum Ruxton. If we can continue to to cut down our errors per game and do the little things well we’ll be right in it at the end of the season.”

GENESEE VALLEY

League: Allegany Co. Div. I

Coach: John Zlomek

2017 record/postseason: 10-8; Wheatland-Chili (W, 11-2, Sec. 5 D1 pre-quarterfinal), Alfred Almond (L, 2-1, Sec. 5 D1 quarterfinal)

Roster: Noah Windus, (sr., P), Chase Robbins (sr., P), Josh McGuire (jr., P), Cody Schneider (so., C), Zach Deichmann (sr., IF/OF), Ian Coombs (jr., IF/OF), Evan Windus, (so., IF), Dustin Skinner (jr., OF), Zach Manning (jr., OF), Mike Wilson (sr., OF), Dylan Kelly, Gavin Hand (so., IF), Tim Rice (sr., OF), John Rizzo (so., C), Aaron Holmes (OF), John Raub (OF), Nick Brown (sr., OF)

Dugout notes: “We return seven starters from last year’s team. Pitching should be a strong point with seniors Noah Windus and Chase Robbins, along with juniors Josh McGuire and Ian Coombs. Cody Schneider and Zach Deichmann are solid at the plate, while utility player Evan Windus rounds off our returning starters. We’re in a good spot because we have 10 great guys competing hard for the open positions. If we can improve on our hitting from last year we should be right in the mix at the end of the season.”

SCIO

League: Allegany Co. Div. II

Coach: Kevin Mole (10th, 77-88)

2017 record/postseason: 8-10; Friendship (W, 8-7, Sec. 5 D2 pre-quarterfinal), Lima Christian (L, 2-17, Sec. 5 D2, quarterfinal)

Roster: Griffin Allegretti (sr., 3B/OF), Austin Beckwith (sr., 3B/P, 8 runs), Ethan Graves (sr., 1B/P, 7 RBI, 7 runs) Cameron Brochu (jr., 2B/OF), Fajri Chaniago (jr., OF), Dalton Green (jr., OF), Carter Scholla (jr. IF/P, .364 avg., 8 RBI, 9 runs), Colton Alsworth (so. 2B/OF), Devin Beckwith (so., OF), Jake D’Arcy (so., C/P, .370, 10 RBI, 12 runs, 2-3, 5.78 ERA), Alex Field (so., 2B/OF), Carl Finnemore (so., 3B.OF), Cam Kelsey (so., 1B/OF), Cayden Nickerson (so. 2B/OF), Michael Shoffner (so. OF/P, .304 avg., 6 RBI, 12 runs), Cory Bolzan (fr., 2B/C), Cameron Loucks (fr., IF/P, .370 avg., 1 HR, 9 RBI, 10 runs, 4-4, 4.92 ERA)

Dugout notes: “We have a lot of players returning from last season, and we have also added a lot of depth which gives us options offensively, defensively and on the mound. We feel our young core can hopefully bring us success now and in the immediate future.”

WELLSVILLE

League: Independent

Coach: Dennis Miles (42nd, 702-237)

2017 record/postseason: 17-6; University Prep (W, 14-0, Sec. 5 B pre-quarterfinal), Attica (W, 4-1, Sec. 5 B quarterfinal), Livonia (L, 6-11, Sec. 5 B semifinal)

Roster: Jake Seeley (sr., 2B, .360 avg., 7 doubles, 19 RBI, 8th team all-state), Colby Griffiths (sr., C, .289 avg., 15 RBI), Joe Tronetti (jr., P/1B, .318 avg., 24 RBI, 8-1, 1.81 ERA, 4th team all-state), Coop Alsworth (jr., P/OF, .350 avg., 1-1, 2.52 ERA), Colin Cook (jr., OF/P, .317 avg.), Aiden Cook (jr. OF/P, .333 avg.), Tyler Smith (so. P/1B, .375 avg., 6-3, 2.73 ERA)

Dugout notes: See above.

WHITESVILLE

League: Allegany Co. Div. II

Coach: Scott Ellison

2017 record/postseason: 1-15

Roster: Jacob Erdman (sr., C/P), Josh Munro (sr., P/IF), Jacob Dowell (sr., IF), Owen Miles (sr., OF), Dutch MacCartney (sr., C/IF), Nate Gaines (sr., OF), Ian Bell (jr., SS/P), Austin Waite (jr., OF), Mike Hixson (jr., OF), Robert Whitesell (so., OF), Nick Billings (so., IF) Jesse Pensyl (fr., OF), Brendal Jackson (fr., IF)

Dugout notes: “We’re an older team but very inexperienced. Eight of my players, including three seniors, are newcomers. We’ll take a share of lumps but hope to be competitive in league play.”

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