North Syracuse drops close games in Jamestown

It got to 12-0 by the third inning. Faced with a devastating, one-sided defeat, North Syracuse showed its fighting spirit, scoring five times in the bottom of the third to stay alive.

Following a fifth-inning run that made it 12-6, North Syracuse made a big push at the end, with four runs in the bottom of the seventh before the rally fell short. Tyler Bliss led the comeback attempt with two hits and two runs scored.

Now, to have any chance at moving to the next round, North Syracuse needed to beat New England champion Greenwich (Conn.), but in another game decided at the wire, Greenwich prevailed 4-3.

With a pair of first-inning runs, North Syracuse went ahead 2-0, only to have Greenwich answer with a three-run rally in the bottom of the fourth to go in front.

And even though North Syracuse tied it, 3-3, with a sixth-inning run, Greenwich decided it in the bottom of the seventh when Sam Fraser's double brought Dylan Callahan home.

North Syracuse lost despite getting nine hits to Greeniwch's eight. Brett Charbonneau, Patrick Wright and Austin Bush put up two hits apiece, and Charbonneau also had a fine defensive showing at second base.

Managed by Dom Caruso, the North Syracuse roster included: Tyler Bliss, Dan Zimmerman, Alex Caruso, Nick Pilotti, Mike Cavallo, Gabe Levanti, Austin Bush, Brett Charbonneau, Patrick Wright, Joe Bodnar, Nick Spunar, Dan Brower, Eric Hamilton, Ryan Contegni and Matt DiPaulo.

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