The Cazenovia 13-and-under baseball team that won the Diamond Pioneer League championship earlier this month. Front row, from left: Anthony Halligan, Thomas Bragg, Kevin Stalder, Eric Ketcham, Judd Spaulding, Matt Regan. Back row: Mitch Meigs, Burke Regan, Anthony Veccarelli, Dustin Hammond, Dom King, Ryan Mistur. Not pictured; Jack Gabor, John Henry Olsen Light.
Cazenovia The Cazenovia 13-and-under baseball team won the Diamond Pioneer League championship by rallying twice to defeat perennial rival Fabius-Pompey at Veterans Field on Aug. 6 by a score of 11-9.
The two teams had identical 11-1 records in the regular season, each losing to the other. Cazenovia won the regular season title by virtue of having scored more runs than Fabius in their two previous meetings.
The Diamond Pioneer League consists of teams from Skaneateles, Onondaga, LaFayette, Tully, Fabius-Pompey and Cazenovia and has a division for players 10 and under and a division for players 13 and under.
Fabius began the championship game by scoring five unearned runs in the first inning as the usually sound Cazenovia defense experienced big-game jitters. Cazenovia responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the first as Matt Regan drove in Burke Regan, who had lined a single off the fence to start the game and stolen second base.
The score was the same in the bottom of the third inning and prospects did not look good for Cazenovia with the strongest pitcher for Fabius ready to come in in the fourth inning to close the game. If Cazenovia was to make a run at Fabius, it would have to come in the third.
Anthony Halligan started the inning with a walk. Mitch Meigs followed with a sharp single to right field and a rally was underway.
As they had all year, the top of the lineup, consisting of Burke Regan, Anthony Veccarelli, Matt Regan, Dustin Hammond, Ben Nichols and Thomas Bragg came through to produce four runs to tie the game, 5-5.
Fabius came back immediately in the fourth inning to score twice to regain the lead, 7-5, but Cazenovia responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead as Thomas Bragg, Judd Spaulding and Eric Ketcham scored and Halligan completed a perfect day at the plate with a single to drive in the go-ahead run.