Baseball Lakers rip HP in Class B semis

Meanwhile, Cunningham worked 5 1/3 innings, striking out three while allowing six hits. Augustine went the rest of the way in relief to augment his big day at the plate.

Rain made the Lakers have to wait for its first-round playoff trip to no. 6 seed Homer -- but it didn't affect the level of their play one bit, as Skaneateles did the basic things well, and that made the difference in an 8-3 elimination of the Trojans.

Skaneateles led from the start with a pair of first-inning runs. Every time Homer got on the board, the Lakers would answer an inning later -- helped in no small part by the Trojans' porous defense, which committed five errors.

Despite the three runs allowed, Pesarchick limited Homer to one clean hit, a single, in his complete-game effort. Cooney and Jared Amory helped him out, each driving in two runs, while Stokes-Cawley added an RBI.

Now the Lakers traveled north for a Class B quarterfinal against no. 3 seed Lowville, who survived Jordan-Elbridge 1-0 in the opening round.

It proved to be exciting -- but with a seventh-inning push, the Lakers knocked out the Red Raiders by a score of 5-3.

A dropped fly ball helped the Lakers score in the first inning to go up, 1-0, and it added two more runs in the top of the second as an infield error hurt Lowville.

Fighting back, the Red Raiders got one run in the third inning, then two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie it, 3-3. Both times, though, Skaneateles kept it from being worse, as first Augustine, then Pesarchick, got out of bases-loaded jams.

So it remained 3-3 until the top of the seventh. Cunningham's double got it started, and Amory drove him home with a single. Later on, Pesarchick's bloop single allowed Amory to score the insurance run.

Other than a leadoff double, Pesarchick retired Lowville in order in the bottom of the seventh, and the playoff run would continue - all the way to the finals.

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