A whole lot happened at Gillette Field during the annual John Ilacqua Jr. Memorial Tournament on May 22 and 23, and at times it had nothing to do with the host Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team.
The record book would show that CNS beat Fayetteville-Manlius 13-6 in the opening round, then lose the final 9-6 to Class B powerhouse Westhill, but that only told part of the story.
In the opening round, when Westhill beat Jamesville-DeWitt 18-0, Warriors sophomore Jack Ganley pitched a perfect game, retiring all 21 Red Rams batters he faced with just one strikeout. A series of great defensive plays helped maintain the masterpiece.
Next to that, the Northstars beating F-M for the second time in 24 hours (it topped them 6-4 in a league game on May 21, also at Gillette) was rather routine.
Still, it featured CNS twice coming back. Down 3-2 in the third inning, it got a pair of runs, then added a fourth-inning tally to make it 5-3.
F-M used three runs in the fifth inning to go ahead 6-5, only to see the Northstars break it open with eight runs in the bottom of the sixth, making a winner of pitcher Joe Pokretowski, who relieved Steve Salamone.
Matt West, with a home run, double and three RBIs, anchored the CNS comeback. Brian Hamilton, John Howell, Riley Moonan and Matt Dykeman drove in two runs apiece, with Aaron Hildreth and Kevan Smith also driving in runs.
F-M went on to beat J-D 5-3 in the consolation game, but the final between CNS and Westhill proved to be quite good.
The Warriors led 4-0 early, thanks mostly to Ryan Malley's three-run double in the first inning, but CNS chased Nick Downs from the game with six runs in the bottom of the second. Hildreth, Smith, Hamilton, Dykeman, Fred West and Matt West each had an RBI.