May 15, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
In knocking off two local rivals, the Westhill baseball team provided bookends to a week where it would sweep all four of its opponents — and display lots of power, too.
First, it was the Warriors meeting Marcellus last Monday in a tense classic that saw Westhill hang on for a 5-4 victory.
When Westhill jumped on Marcellus pitcher Jordan Smith for four runs in the first inning, then another run in the second to make it 5-0, it looked to be over early. Kevin McAvoy earned two RBIs, while Dan Karleski earned two hits and scored a pair of runs. Mike McMullen also had two hits as Len Graf and Jake Rush drove in one run apiece.
But Smith settled down, blanked the Warriors the rest of the way and earned seven strikeouts, giving Marcellus all kinds of time to rally.
With a run in the third, then three more runs in the fourth and fifth innings (Adam Breuer and Phil Zdanowski earning RBIs), the Mustangs pulled within one, forcing McAvoy to relieve McMullen. In 2 2/3 innings, McAvoy struck out four and didn’t allow a hit to keep his team in front.
Westhill made it back-to-back wins on Tuesday, blanking Skaneateles 9-0. Though it had just seven hits, the Warriors exploited six Laker errors and scored in five of the first six innings to support Corey Hewitt, who combined with reliever Jack Ganley to get the shutout.
Mark Syron smacked a home run, scored twice and finished with three RBIs. McAvoy also had two hits and two runs scored, joining Hewitt and Len Graf with single RBIs.
Then Westhill beat Hannibal 10-2 on Friday afternoon. Hannibal seized a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Westhill tied in the bottom of that frame, then went in front with a three-run second inning before a five-run rally in the fifth settled matters.
Eight different Westhill players scored runs as Syron hit his second home run in as many games and finished with three RBIs. Karleski and Greg Schmidt drove in two runs apiece, with McMullen adding a pair of doubles and Marcus Rinaldi getting two hits. Nathan Nigolian and Nick Vitigliano combined to blank Hannibal in the last six innings.
And to cap the week, Westhill ripped past Jordan-Elbridge 14-1, using a four-run first inning and eight-run outburst in the fourth to take the Eagles out.
Syron again went deep, running his home run total to seven, tops among OHSL Liberty division players, while Mike Fagan connected for two home runs as he finished with four RBIs.
McMullen drove in three runs as Nigoalian joined Syron with two RBIs apiece. Hewitt and Karleski drove in runs. McAvoy, Ganley and Ben Rush combined their pitching efforts and held J-E to three hits.
Right after playing Westhilll, Marcellus also lost 5-0 to Solvay on Tuesday, unable to solve Bearcats pitching ace Kyle Groth, who held them to three hits. Jack DeGonzaque’s bases-clearing double in the seventh inning put the game away.
But in a rematch on Friday, Marcellus would get payback, beating Solvay 6-2 as it got three first-inning runs off R.J. Lostumbo to take a lead it would not relinquish. A pair of runs in the seventh gave the Mustangs more of a cushion.
Zdanowski, who pitched six innings to earn the win (striking out seven), also bashed a solo home run, while Smith added his own home run and finished with two RBIs. Mike Sniffen added two hits and an RBI as Smith and Nick Sinay each scored two runs.
J-E, prior to playing Westhill, saw a furious comeback fall just short last Monday in a 12-11 loss to Cazenovia. At one point, the Eagles trailed 10-3 and 12-5. Both times, it fought back, using six runs in the top of the sixth to pull within a run before the Lakers could hang on.
The Eagles lost despite getting 14 hits to Cazenovia’s eight. Nick Berwind had four of those hits, scoring three runs, while Liam Corfield had a home run and two RBIs. Joe Davis had three hits, scored twice and drove in two runs.
The rematch with Cazenovia two days later brought a far different game, in terms of run production – but the same result, a 2-1 defeat.
Leland Holmes had a superb outing on the mound. He gave up single runs in the first and second inning, then blanked the Lakers the rest of the way on his way to seven strikeouts. Yet all that J-E could manage was a single run in the fifth as Max Kellish held them to five hits.