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Baseball Bees go 2-2, fall to CNS again

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.

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