Not until the waning days of April did the West Genesee baseball and softball teams suffer their first blemishes of 2011 - and for that, they can both blame Liverpool.
At home on Thursday afternoon, the baseball Wildcats got victimized by the power of Pat Wright and the pitching of Andrew Schreyack in an 8-1 loss to the Warriors.
It proved even more lopsided in softball, where WG visited Liverpool and could overcome a brutal first inning, taking an 11-1 defeat.
All the anticipation in baseball centered on whether the 6-0 Wildcats, with ace Eric Spencer on the mound, could contain a Liverpool lineup that had produced plenty while winning its division at the Mingo Bay Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., during the spring break.
After they traded first-inning runs, the answers started arriving in the top of the third, when the Warriors scored twice. Then it loaded the bases in the fourth for Wright, who promptly drilled a Spencer offering 380-plus feet over the fence for a grand slam.
Though Sean Pisik and Dave Salvagni would pitch well in relief, the damage was rendered. And WG could do little against Schreyack, who held them to three hits while striking out eight without a walk.
Just before this, the Wildcats, off for more than a week when it met Oswego Wednesday afternoon, made it six wins in a row by taking out the Buccaneers 5-2.
WG scored twice in the first inning, only to have Oswego tie it up 2-2 in the third. From there, though, pitcher Matt Naton blanked the Bucs, going 6 2/3 innings for the win as he recorded six strikeouts. Matt Greco got the final out for the save.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Wildcats broke that 2-2 tie with a decisive three-run rally. Brian Burns doubled twice and drove in three runs, while Greco also managed a pair of hits and Naton scored two runs. Greg Wadach added an RBI.