To this point, the Bishop Ludden baseball team has filcked away all possible challengers as it has bolted out to a 8-0 start.
Now come the two games the Gaelic Knights are looking forward to the most -- against state defending Class B champion Westhill, a team Ludden lost to three times last year, including the playoffs. They first meet this Friday, at Alliance Bank Stadium, with the rematch on May 3, just three days later.
In the first state Class B rankings of this season, Ludden was no. 5, Westhill no. 10. The Gaelic Knights appear capable of greater things - as Marcellus found out Saturday in the course of a 10-0 defeat on its home field.
It was Matt Pirro's turn on the mound, and he proceeded to baffle the Mustangs, taking just six innings to amass 16 strikeouts against just two hits, without a single walk allowed.
As for Marcellus ace Phil Zdanowski, he only lasted three innings as, in the top of the third, Ludden scored four times. The Gaelic Knights then got to reliever Zach Amidon for four more runs in the fifth.
Finishing with 15 hits, Ludden saw Aaron Maher pound out four of those hits and score a pair of runs. Chris Davis and Ryan O'Kane each had two hits and two RBIs, with James Murray also driving in a pair of runs. John Rooney and Matt Weeks each had one RBI.
Marcellus was in the unique position of playing two games in the same day. After meeting Ludden, the Mustangs went to its main rival, Skaneateles, and met with more frustration as the Lakers rallied late to beat them 10-7.
A four-run second inning put Marcellus in front, and though the Lakers came back and tied it 5-5, the Mustangs used a pair of sixth-inning tallies to assume a 7-5 lead.