Baldwinsville's baseball team faced a big early challenge when it would play four consecutive games on the road, a stretch that lasts through the entire spring school break.
The road adventure began Thursday night, at Utica Proctor, on the same field where the Raiders had beaten Liverpool 5-3 two nights earlier.
But the Bees would fare much better as Pat Merryweather controlled things from the mound and some late production at the plate led to a 5-1 victory over the Raiders.
Merryweather, a sophomore in his first varsity start on the mound, gave up a run in the third inning as Proctor inched ahead 1-0. Otherwise, he baffled the Raiders throughout the game, only allowing three hits and two walks while recording eight strikeouts.
Meanwhile, B'ville stayed patient against Proctor pitcher Tom DeBernardis, tying it in the fourth, then using a three-run rally in the top of the fifth to pull ahead for good.
To help his own cause, Merryweather walked twice and earned an RBI, while Brett Charbonneau and Shay Sargent also drove in runs. Dan Dubiel scored twice as Kyle Lattanzio and Josh Savocool also crossed the plate.
In advance of this, the Bees first had to host Rome Free Academy last Tuesday afternoon, and Mike St. John's superb pitching led to a 3-0 victory over the Black Knights.
Going the route, St. John allowed seven hits and got all the support he needed in the bottom of the third inning. Charbonneau's two-run double put the Bees in front for good as Gabe Levanti's well-placed grounder led to another run.
Now it was up to St. John to protect that lead. In both the fifth and seventh innings, RFA put two runners on base. Both times, St. John got out of it, including a game-ending strikeout of T.J. Reilley when Reilley represented the possible tying run.
With the win at Proctor behind them, B'ville now faces another tough road game Monday, at 3-0 West Genesee, before making trips to Oswego and Fayetteville-Manlius later in the week.