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J-D baseball seizes Freedom division lead

By virtue of a four-game sweep through league foes last week, the Jamesville-DeWitt baseball team finds itself atop the OHSL Freedom division standings.

Showing its offense early, the Red Rams led all the way through last Monday's 5-3 victory over the Mexico Tigers.

J-D jumped on Mexico pitcher Justin Buckley for three runs in the top of the first inning. The Tigers would inch back within one, but the Rams used single runs in the third and fourth innings to stay in front.

Three pitchers -- Sam Sherman, Mike Gianni and Kevin Brown -- combined to allow just five hits, with Gianni earning the win and Brown claiming the save.

Mark Kuhn went deep for a solo home run as he, Brown, Mike Canfield and Ed Hughes each earned one RBI. The Tigers' Kody O'Connor drove in two runs.

That good play continued Wednesday, against Fulton, where a big sixth inning helped rally the Red Rams past the Red Raiders 11-6.

Fulton enjoyed a 4-0 lead through two innings, but J-D ate into it and tied the game, 5-5, by the end of the fifth inning.

After the Raiders scored once in the top of the sixth, the Rams turned loose. It batted around and produced six runs, helping to give Andrew Hughes the win, in relief of Kaufman.

Kuhn and Sam Lebowitz both smacked home runs, as Kuhn led the way with three RBIs. Lebowitz and Canfield drove in two runs apiece, as Brown, Ed Hughes and Andrew Hughes were credited with single RBIs.

In the closest game of this run, J-D had to withstand a late rally from Cortland last Friday to beat the Purple Tigers 8-7.

Down 4-0 early, the Rams went in front with six runs in the bottom of the third, eventually building an 8-4 lead.

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