As the regular season wound down, the Baldwinsville baseball team put together one of the biggest comebacks in the program's history amid a crazy stretch of action that included defeats in two different long contests.
The Bees trailed by 11 runs in last Tuesday's non-league game with Christian Brothers Academy, but made it all the way back to stun the Brothers 13-12.
CBA used a pair of three-run rallies in the first two innings to seize a quick 6-0 lead. Thanks to a six-run outburst in the top of the fourth, the margin only grew, and in the bottom of the fifth inning, B'ville trailed 13-2.
It all turned around, though, when the Bees got eight runs in that fifth frame, making it 13-10. B'ville then scored twice in the sixth inning, slashing the margin to one, then got the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Kevin Roy's home run and four RBIs fueled the comeback. Brett Earle doubled and drove in two runs, while Dan Dubiel and Zach Trinca got two RBIs apiece. John Feola tripled home a run as Bo Watson doubled twice, adding an RBI of his own.
A key to the rally was the way B'ville's relief pitchers fared. Feola and Watson blanked CBA in the last two innings after early stints from Jeff Schuster and Scott Redmond.
This helped ease the pain of what took place at Henninger -- an incredible epic that stretched out 14 innings (the length of two full games) before the Bees finally lost to the Black Knights 18-17.
B'ville led, 8-1, and appeared to be cruising along before Henninger tied it with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. What followed, for every Bees partisan, was both exciting -- and maddening.
The two sides matched two-run rallies in the seventh inning, then both scored once in the eighth. In the top of the ninth, B'ville got three runs, seizing a 14-11 lead, and again Henninger caught up with three runs.