F-M baseball goes 4-1

Slowly resuming normal activity, the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team overcame an early-week defeat to win four in a row.

In an eight-inning thriller at Utica Proctor last Monday night, the Hornets made a great rally to force it to extra frames, only to fall to the Raiders 5-4.

Cory Nelson was staked to a 2-1 lead, only to have Proctor score three times in the bottom of the fifth to go in front.

Not willing to surrender, F-M came up with two runs in the top of the seventh to extend the contest.

However, in the bottom of the eighth, the Raiders' Jason Simone (who already had a triple and RBI) got to third base again, and when Nelson threw the ball away, Simone raced home with the winning run. Austin Straub led F-M with a pair of RBIs, as Jordan Kurtz also drove in a run.

A day later, F-M would start to return to the win column, taking out Corcoran 10-6.

All of the Hornets' runs came in the first four innings, as it built an 8-1 lead before the Cougars made a late push.

Kyle Kearney got the win in relief, as Scott Miller and Will Porter also saw stints on the mound. Kurtz hit his team's only home run and finished with three RBIs, as Ethan Braddock drove in two runs. Straub, Eddie Quinn and T.J. Wilson each had one RBI.

It was a bit closer in Wednesday's game at Henninger, but the Hornets made it two wins in as many days, taking out the Black Knights 6-4.

F-M never went ahead for good until Quinn banged a clutch double in the top of the seventh inning that scored two runs and broke a 4-4 tie. Henninger, in fact, saw leads of 2-0 and 4-3 get away.

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