From one game to the next, the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team went through serious extremes.
Held to one hit by Rome Free Academy last Tuesday, the Northstars turned around and, 48 hours later, crushed defending Class B champion Christian Brothers Academy 12-2.
It was 0-0 when, in the bottom of the second inning, CNS broke through, scoring twice. In all, it would land runs in five consecutive innings against five different CBA pitchers.
Amid the fun, Steve Salamone and Kevan Smith both smacked home runs. Salamone, Riley Moonan and Josh Howell each had two RBIs, while Josh Werksman, Aaron Hildreth, Matt West and Matt Dykeman drove in one run apiece.
On the mound, Rob Rinaud went most of the way, earning the win as he, along with Mark Rinella and T.J. Jaquay, allowed just three hits against a potent CBA lineup.
Two days later, the Northstars visited Oswego and got into a marathon with the Buccaneers that took 10 innings to settle before CNS prevailed by a score of 5-4.
Grant Nadeau pitched and shut down Oswego for much of the afternoon. Single runs in the first, third and seventh innings put CNS in front 3-0 with just three outs to go.
Before the Northstars could get that third out, though, the Bucs erupted for three runs to stay alive, two of them coming home on Tom Darling's home run.
They went through the eighth and ninth innings without resoultion. Then, in the top of the 10th, CNS put two runners on base, and West brought them home with a clutch double to give his team a 5-3 lead.
Even though the Bucs scored in the bottom of the 10th, Austin Hyde recorded the final out, earning the win. Jaquay had also seen relief duty.
Back on Tuesday, the Northstars proved to be unlucky during last Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to RFA. With the wind blowing in, CNS pitcher Austin Hyde and his Black Knights counterpart, Mark Capponi, had little trouble retiring hitters, each of them going the full seven innings for a complete game.
They might still be pitching were it not for a wild pitch by Capponi in the top of the fourth inning that brought home the game's lone run.