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Skaneateles baseball takes trio of tough losses

For the second time, a rainstorm kept the Skaneateles baseball team from encountering two-time defending state Class B champion Westhill - but last Tuesday's cold downpour would prove the last respite.

On Saturday, the Lakers went face-to-face with the Warriors, and faced a mighty struggle as it took a 16-1 defeat and saw its overall record slip to 6-5.

Three different pitchers - Luke Dranscak, Tom Jones and Jared Amory - tried to slow Westhill down, but the Warriors still managed to get 15 hits and multiple runs in each of the first five innings.

Meanwhile, Skaneateles only got one hit off Westhill pitcher Alex Godzak, not getting on the board until Ryan Prochna's run-scoring hit in the sixth scored Matt Carvallo. Westhill's J.C. Pena hit a home run as Nathan Nigolian managed three RBIs and Kevin McAvoy doubled twice and got two RBIs.

As it waited for the rain to stop, the Lakers had to replay the struggles of last Monday's game against Cazenovia, where a seventh-inning lead slipped away in a 10-6 defeat.

All looked fine when, in the bottom of the sixth inning, Skaneateles erased a 5-3 deficit with three runs. Yet that lead did not hold as Cazenovia got to pitcher Pat Roberts for five runs in the top of the seventh and then closed things out.

B.J. Kerr hit a home run, scored twice and finished with two RBIs. Dranscak had three hits and also drove in two runs, with Roberts and Jones earning one RBi apiece. Amory and Brandon Barron scored runs, too.

At home Thursday to take on Hannibal, the Lakers built a huge early lead, but gave it all away in a painful 14-13 loss to the Warriors.

Skaneateles (6-4) already had a 4-2 lead when, in the bottom of the third, it knocked out Hannibal pitcher Curtis Baker and notched six runs to make it 10-2. Hannibal rallied, tying it 10-10, only to see the Lakers go back in front in the fifth with a pair of runs.

By the time they reached the top of the seventh, Skaneateles led 13-11. Yet that was not enough, as the Warriors put home three runs to take the lead for the first time and watched reliever Chris Benedict record the final three outs.

Barron hit a pair of solo home runs as he and Herr both finished with three hits. Roberts earned three RBIs as Herr, Drancsak and Amory drove in two runs apiece. Baker, despite his struggles on the mound, led Hannibal at the plate with three hits, two of them doubles, and four runs scored.

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