Up and down throughout April, Jamesville-DeWitt's baseball team hit a dip again, only to pull out of it just as the month came to an end.
And the Red Rams did so in the most satisfying manner, going across town and working through an eight-inning classic to beat Christian Brothers Academy 12-10 on Saturday afternoon.
This one went back and forth, as CBA went ahead 4-1 in the first inning, only to have J-D score seven straight runs to crash into an 8-4 lead. Then it was the Brothers' turn, with six runs in the fourth and fifth innings to reclaim a 10-8 lead.
J-D had the last surge, though, tying it in the sixth and winning it with a pair of eighth-inning runs as relievers Evan Kimber and Justin Marzella blanked the Brothers down the stretch.
Nine different Rams scored runs, as Jim Sinopoli got three RBIs. Marzella smacked a home run and finished with two RBIs, while Dan Canfield, Mason Schoeneck and Chris Lenish also drove in runs. CBA lost despite Dave Anderson's four hits and two RBIs as Jack Glover and Tim Corapi both went deep and combined for six RBIs.
Long before this, J-D's latest slide started with last Monday's 2-0 defeat to the Corcoran Cougars.
The Red Rams' hitters never could solve Corcoran pitcher Conor Nolan, whose complete-game effort included just
three hits and four walks allowed as he struck out six.
Combined, J-D's trio of Marzella, Matt Yonta and Max Bregande were solid, giving up just six total hits. But the Cougars used single runs in the first and fifth innings to move out in front.
Following Tuesday's heavy rains, J-D was back for Wednesday's game against Homer - and again could not get on the board in a 12-0 loss to the Trojans.