If the Marcellus baseball team wanted to go after the upper crust of the OHSL Liberty division, then some wins in the last days of April were a must.
The Mustangs had to work hard for that win in last Monday's game against Solvay, needing a seventh-inning tally to beat the Bearcats 2-1.
Much of the game centered around the work on the mound done by Marcellus pitcher Joe Cornish and his Solvay counterpart, Kyle Groth.
Cornish, with 11 strikeouts, worked his way to a one-hitter, giving up only a second-inning run scored by Tom Hayes as Solvay seized a 1-0 lead. Groth watched Marcellus tie it on Adam Szymaniak's RBI in the third, then shut the door until the bottom of the seventh.
Groth dueled with Jeff Crysler for 10 pitches before Crysler looked at an outside 3-2 pitch and drove a walk. Aggressive, Crysler stole second, then raced home with the winning run when a grounder by John Marrs took a bad hop into the outfield.
In Wednesday's visit to Cazenovia, the Mustangs worked in a far different manner, piling up runs in a 17-3 romp over the Lakers.
Down 1-0 early, Marcellus tied it, then used five runs in the top of the third inning to take control as it scored six straight innings overall and earned 13 hits.
Phil Zdanowski pitched and got the win, with Jordan Smith seeing a relief stint. Dan Heil and Tim Reynolds both drove in two runs, with Cornish and Scott Cotter also driving in runs.
Going out of league play on Thursday afternoon, the Mustangs received a jolt of power from John Marrs in its 5-1 victory over Onondaga.
Marrs made some history when he became the first person ever to hit a home run over the 395-foot fence in center field at Bucky Winters Field.
That solo blast highlighted an afternoon where Adam Breuer pitched a complete game, giving up just three hits. Jeff Crysler finished with two hits and two RBIs as Heil and Szymaniak also drove in runs.
Marcellus was supposed to face Fabius-Pompey Saturday. But the outbreak of swine flu at F-P forced that school to close until the end of this week.