Baseball Bears open May on win streak

Before and after the rains, Chittenango's baseball team remained in good form, steadily moving up the OHSL Freedom division standings and improving to 10-3 overall.

First, the Bears went to Cortland last Monday and put together a 7-1 win over the Purple Tigers. Wes Burghardt pitched and had one of his best outings of the season, allowing five hits and four walks, but striking out four and constantly working his way out of possible trouble.

Meanwhile, the Bears were steady, notching runs in each of the first five innings. Erik Kurz led the push with two hits, two runs scored and an RBI as Steve Mesmer drove in two runs and Brendan Galek got an RBI, too. Devin Christopher, Nic Bacon and Greg Jasek also scored runs.

Three days later, Chittenango faced Phoenix and had another strong showing as it beat the Firebirds 7-2.

Just as Burghardt had done against Cortland, Mike Moon went the route, giving up four hits and two walks while earning five strikeouts. He also got early help as the Bears, who never trailed, scored three runs in the first two innings, then watched Phoenix cut it to 3-2 before it pulled away with runs in each of the last three innings.

Jasek led the offense with two hits and two RBIs. Galek scored twice as he and Bacon also had two-hit showings. Christopher and Kurz joined Galek in driving in single runs.

It proved closer in Friday's game at East Syracuse-Minoa, but once again the Bears pulled it out, edging the Spartans 3-2 to reach the double-digit win mark.

Chittenango got two first-inning runs off ESM ace Mike Para. The Spartans used single runs in the third and fourth to tie it 2-2, but the Bears inched ahead with a run in the sixth, and it held up.

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