Doing whatever is required to win, whether it's lights-out pitching or big bats, the West Genesee baseball team has become a growing Section III Class AA title threat.
Capping off a perfect week, the Wildcats won a memorable Saturday duel with defending Class AA champion Liverpool, knocking off the Warriors 1-0 in eight innings.
Two great pitchers on the mound, as WG senior Casey McIntosh opposed Liverpool's junior ace, Aaron Schudlt.
For seven long innings, neither McIntosh nor Schuldt blinked, and it remained 0-0. Pitching for the second time this week, McIntosh had all his good stuff present, finishing with 11 strikeouts and a three-hitter.
Schuldt was just as good, though, earning 10 strikeouts as he, like McIntosh, gave up just three hits. Yet all that work would mean nothing by the time the eighth inning was over.
In the bottom of that frame, Casey Reale reached base, eventually getting to second. Brent Hagen didn't hesitate, lashing a single that allowed Reale to score the game's lone -- and winning -- run.
So concluded an awesome week of play by the Wildcats, who used this to build its record to 9-2, 6-1 in OHSL Colonial National play, with a Tuesday showdown against first-place Cicero-North Syracuse looming.
Previously, McIntosh had excelled last Monday afternoon, and the senior came through at home as the Wildcats beat the Oswego Buccaneers 4-1.
Going the whole way, McIntosh allowed six hits, one walk and a second-inning run while accumulating 12 strikeouts.
WG was down, 1-0, when it got three runs off Jeremy Cahill in the bottom of the third to go in front. Ray Sova, Casey Reale, Kevin Petrick and Brent Hagen each drove in runs, propelling the Wildcats to victory.
Going to Fowler a day later, the Wildcats needed to make a furious late-game rally to get past the Falcons, 6-5.