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CBA baseball hits way to 2-0 start

With the Christian Brothers Academy baseball team, regular behavior includes a lot of winning and a lot of runs required to get those wins.

So when the Brothers opened its 2010 season at Chittenango last Monday afternoon, the usual elements were in place as it beat the Bears 14-6.

Wasting no time, CBA took advantage of poor Chittenango defense and got six runs in the first inning, with Riley Dixon's home run part of the barrage.

Though the Bears answered with five runs of its own (most of them from Greg Jasek's grand slam) in the bottom of the first to make it 6-5, the Brothers would not trail. It used two runs in the second inning to make it 8-5, then got away with three-run outbursts in the fourth and sixth.

Not only did Anthony Cirillo pitch and earn the win, he doubled and drove in a team-best four runs as part of CBA's 16-hit attack. Dixon and Shaun McGraw each had two RBIs as Pat Wiese doubled and joined Bryant Moore and Steve Gangemi with single RBIs.

It was Moore that would provide much more production at the plate on Thursday during CBA's 12-6 victory over Homer.

Every time he went to bat, Moore seemed to do something special. He smashed two home runs, a double and a single on his way to six RBIs as the Brothers got five runs in the first inning and would never trail.

Dan Patane also went deep with a solo home run as he, along with Wiese, Cirillo, McGraw and Pete Corasaniti, earned single RBIs. Tim Hobb pitched and earned the win, with Luke Auetzhauser appearing in relief.

CBA's softball team also began a new season last Monday by going to Cortland and registering lots of offense in a 14-2 romp of the Purple Tigers.

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