Such is baseball's nature -- as soon as one trend is established, another emerges to make the first one obsolete in a hurry.
Vernon Verona Sherrill had appeared to take control in the Tri-Valley League when it pounded rival Oneida 30-11 on April 29, a game shortened to six innings to spare further damage (and beat darkness).
So naturally when the Red Devils next took the field, in last Monday's game at Whitesboro, it quieted enough so that the Warriors could beat them 4-3 at the wire.
It looked, for a while, that VVS would win anyway. Single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings pushed the Red Devils in front 3-2, as Tyler Mautner got two hits and Steve Davis earned an RBI.
Mitch Iseneker, with eight strikeouts and no walks allowed, was on the verge of throwing a complete game. But in the bottom of the seventh, Whitesboro, down 3-2, tied it and, with Collin Laguzza trying to force extra innings, prevailed on Matt Cornmire's tie-breaking, two-out single.
After waiting a day for wild weather to clear, VVS met Holland Patent on Wednesday -- and again stumbled, losing to the Golden Knights 10-3.
Despite eight hits, all the Red Devils could manage was a
trio of third-inning runs, two brought home by David and the other by Mitch Iseneker, that briefly put them ahead 3-0.
HP answered with four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, negating Jamie Cielinski's three hits. Jason Dalton took the loss, with Mautner and Laguzza seeing relief duty.
Now the Red Devils needed a Thursday win over New Hartford to find its footing again -- and though again it proved tough, VVS did beat the Spartans 5-4.
Mautner's two-run home run in the third put the Red Devils up 2-0, but New Hartford got to Jesse Whitmeyer for a run in the third and three runs in the fifth (two of them on Joey Carcone's triple), and suddenly VVS trailed, 4-2, staring straight at a third straight loss.