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ESM baseball powers past CBA

Getting its best win of the season so far, the East Syracuse-Minoa baseball team used the long ball to knock off OHSL Freedom division leader Christian Brothers Academy 9-5 Friday at St. Denis Field.

The Spartans never trailed, blazing to a 5-0 lead by the third inning and building the margin as large as 8-1 before the Brothers made a belated comeback. Peter Gigliotti took the win, with Brandon Lansing working in relief.

However, the big story involved ESM's bats. Nick Eisenbeck and James Russo took full advantage of the heavy tailwind, as they both connected for a pair of home runs. Russo finished with three RBIs as Bobby Worden and Josh Judge also drove in runs.

Before getting its shot at CBA, the Spartans warmed up by going to Phoenix and seeing everything click in an 8-0 shutout of the Firebirds.

A four-run fourth inning broke the game open and made the work easier for Lansing and Jake Curtis, who teamed up to allow just three hits.

ESM took full advantage of Phoenix's six errors. Neil Delaney doubled and drove in three runs, while Lansing and Eisenbeck each had one RBI.

Just as quickly, though, it turned around in a bad way as everything went wrong on Tuesday in a 24-6 loss to Jamesville-DeWitt.

Apparently not agreeing with cold weather, the Spartans traded four-run rallies in the first inning before J-D erupted for 10 runs in the top of the second, adding seven-run fifth inning for good measure.

Worden took the loss, as he, along with Joe Greco and Delaney, gave up 15 hits and got hurt by five Spartan errors. Worden, Greco, Chris Banaszek, Russo and Alex Watkins all drove in runs at one point or another.

The course reversed again on Wednesday afternoon, when the Spartans handled the Fowler Falcons 12-2.

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