Folk is folk hero in Warriors' win over B'ville

Everyone knew the Liverpool baseball team had a pitching ace in Aaron Schuldt and a capable second option in fellow senior Matt Wessinger.

But a new star on the mound emerged Wednesday in the course of the Warriors' 2-0 victory over Baldwinsville, in the form of sophomore left-hander Cory Folk.

Ignoring any possible nerves in his varsity debut, Folk allowed just four hits and struck out six B'ville batters, showing lots of talent and poise along the way.

In the second through fourth innings, the Bees put the leadoff runner on base. Each time, Folk worked his way out of it, twice with pick-offs.

Meanwhile, the Warriors left runners at second and third in the bottom of the first inning, and could not solve B'ville pitcher David St. John, as both sides benefited from a wind that blew in from center field.

Such a game can turn on a mistake -- and B'ville made one in the bottom of the fourth, an outfield error that allowed Kevin Blankenship to race to second base after a single. He moved to third on a groundout, then scored when, on Schuldt's grounder to short, the throw home was dropped.

The pivotal moment came in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, B'ville's Justin Montague walked, then went to second base on a wild pitch.

With the Bees' most dangerous hitter, Brett Botsford, at the plate representing the possible go-ahead run, Folk was conservative, choosing to walk Botsford. That paid off when Chad Dubiel, on the first pitch he saw, flied out to end the inning.

Schuldt walked to lead off the bottom of the sixth, went to second on Julio Martinez's sacrifice bunt and to third on a groundout. Adam Bottorff, another pinch-hitter, then legged out an infield hit, bringing Schuldt home with the insurance run. Folk then finished it off in style, with his fifth and sixth strikeouts in the seventh inning.

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