After exchanging two-run rallies in the second inning, it stayed quiet until the sixth, when Chittenango scored to go up 3-2, only to have Mexico answer again in the bottom of that frame.
So it was 3-3 into the top of the eighth, where again the Bears pushed itself in front as Mackenzie Hall’s run-scoring brought home Mroczek, and this time held on as Koegel got the last three outs, part of a four-hitter that included nine strikeouts.
Hall went three-for-four, including a double, picked up three RBIs and scoring a run. Alexa Farsaci managed a pair of hits as Lauren Malloy drove in the other run.
The bitter loss to Phoenix followed, and the effects lingered as, in a rain-shortened game Saturday, Chittenango lost 22-1 to Westhill, Gwen Dougherty and Kathleen Clark leading the Warriors with four RBIs apiece.
Chittenango’s baseball team resumed play last Tuesday at Cortland, but its bats remained as cold as the temperatures as it lost to the Purple Tigers 4-1.
Not until the seventh inning did the Bears get a run off Cortland pitcher Brian Hughes, who struck out 11 and limited the visitors to three hits, two of them by Wes Burghardt.
Combined, Bears hurlers Devin Christopher and Sean Cliff did a solid job, but Cortland used single runs in the second and fourth innings, plus two runs in the sixth, to get away as Jon Prior produced a pair of RBIs.
Poor as Chittenango’s hitters were on this day, they turned it around in a hurry during Wednesday’s 19-8 destruction of Mexico.
At one point, the Bears trailed 4-3, but it took control by scoring six runs in the top of the fourth inning and tacking on nine more runs over the next two frames on its way to 17 hits overall.