A wild ending to the high school baseball regular season saw East Syracuse-Minoa, Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt load up on games with varying meanings.
During the scramble, the Spartans and Brothers met each other on Friday, with ESM scratching out a 3-2 victory to maintain a winning record in the OHSL Freedom division.
Single runs in the third and fourth innings put CBA ahead 2-0, but the Spartans tied it in the bottom of the fourth. They would stay 2-2 until the seventh, when ESM poked across the winning run against Brothers pitcher Luke Alletzhauser.
Joe Greco, pitching three innings in relief of Mike Gorney, earned the win and also had two hits, plus an RBI. Ben Loder drove in ESM's other two runs.
As ESM waited for the CBA rematch, it went out last Tuesday and beat Fulton 7-1. Two-run rallies in the second, third and fourth innings proved enough for Mike Para, who went six innings for the win and struck out seven.
At the plate, Cameron Lawless managed two hits and two RBIs, while Casey Sullivan doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Loder also had an RBI and, in relief of Para, struck out the side in the seventh inning to end it.
A day later, CBA got its own shot at Fulton and won a 10-2 decision. It was tied 1-1 until CBA logged three runs in three
consecutive innings, starting in the bottom of the fourth, to support Dave Anderson's four-hit, 11-strikeout effort on the mound.
Dan Patane hit his team's lone home run, earning two RBIs. Sean Fitzpatrick had two hits and drove in three runs. Alletzhauser, Tim Corapi, Jack Glover and Riley Dixon earned one RBI apiece.
But the loss to ESM heralded a rough weekend for CBA that included Saturday's 6-3 defeat to 'Holy War' rival Bishop Ludden. Though it avoided the no-hitter Ryan O'Kane threw at them on April 11, the Brothers could not recover from the Gaelic Knights getting four runs in the bottom of the second to break a 1-1 tie.