May 01, 2011 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Again, the Baldwinsville baseball team is trending all over the place, unable to find anything close to consistency as it played four times and could only win twice.
When the Bees got a second shot at knocking off undefeated Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday afternoon, as it turned to sophomore pitcher Pat Merryweather to try for his third consecutive win.
Yet it was the other pitcher – the Northstars’ Joe Pokrentowski – that would seize the spotlight, nearly getting a no-hitter as the Bees fell by a score of 3-1.
For four innings, it was 0-0, Merryweather keeping up with Pokrentowski. But it was B’ville that blinked in the top of the fifth, CNS getting a run to move in front, then tacking on two more runs in the sixth as Jack Hotaling and Riley Moonan earned RBIs.
Going into the bottom of the seventh, it remained 3-0, and Pokrentowski was three outs from his gem. But Connor Martin walked, and Dan Wright’s single broke up the no-hitter and scored Martin. Kevin Roy also singled, but the Bees could not get closer as Pokrentowski got the final out.
One bad inning proved costly in last Monday’s 4-2 defeat to Fayetteville-Manlius, a game moved from an April 23 rainout – and shortened to five innings when more rain showed up.
Corey Bruce pitched well most of the way, but could not overcome a first inning where the Hornets struck for all of its runs, two of them coming home on Louis Testone’s double.
Trying to come back, B’ville notched single runs in the third and fourth innings. Dan Dubiel and Brett Charbonneau earned RBIs, but could not catch up before the precipitation ended things early.
The big rainstorm 24 hours later postponed the Bees’ rematch with CNS, but things dried up by Thursday, when B’ville endured a 10-inning battle with Corcoran before finally subduing the Cougars in a 6-4 decision.
Ahead 4-1 through three innings, B’ville pitcher Mike St. John could not hold that margin, Corcoran using single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to tie it, 4-4, and send it to extra frames.
Neither team could score in the eighth or ninth innings, the Bees continually escaping trouble as the Cougars left 15 runners on base overall. Finally, in the 10th, B’ville got the go-ahead runs, and Scott Orr, in his third inning of relief work, gained the final outs.
A key part of this win was the Bees not committing an error, as opposed to Corcoran’s eight errors. Wright, Josh Savacool and Kyle Lattanzio each managed two hits, with Charbonneau, Connor Martin and Terry Engels earning one RBI apiece.
Following the CNS loss, the Bees rebounded again on Saturday, rallying past Rochester McQuaid 4-3 with its top players responsible for the comeback.
Down 3-0 going to the bottom of the fifth, B’ville inched closer with Charbonneau’s two-run single. Then, with Savacool on base in the bottom of the seventh, Levanti drilled a pitch over the fence for a home run to win it. All this made a winner out of relief pitcher Terry Engels, who tossed two shutout innings after replacing Corey Bruce.
With a 6-4 mark, B’ville takes on Auburn and Central Square before confronting Liverpool Thursday night at Alliance Bank Stadium at 7 p.m. That game is part of the Stop Lou Gehrig’s Disease Classic, a three-day festival of games featuring many of the area’s top teams to raise money for ALS research and awareness.