A return of cold, wet weather caused some changes to the schedule for local high-school baseball, but play did resume by mid-week, and four local sides would combine for a 6-1 overall record, with only Jamesville-DeWitt taking a blemish.
On Wednesday, Christian Brothers Academy played the first of tense back-to-back contests. The Brothers (now no. 15 in the state Class A rankings) held off Cortland 8-7 CBA roared out to a 7-0 lead by the third inning on the Purple Tigers. Andrew Gacek earned a pair of RBIs, while Mike Trasolini, Sean Lavin and Jack Glover also drove in runs.
Glover, off a superb complete-game effort in a win over Bishop Ludden in his last start on April 18, could not hold that lead, Cortland scoring seven times in the fourth and fifth innings to pull even, 7-7. The Brothers inched back in front in the sixth, and reliever Charlie Ryan made that margin hold up, Ryan going two innings to earn the win.
In another close call on Thursday, the Brothers held off Phoenix 5-4. Here, the Brothers zoomed to a 3-0 lead by the fourth inning as Mason Garlatti hit his third home run of the season.
Still with that three-run margin, in the sixth CBA put two runners on base, and got them both home when Trasolini’s single got booted.
So it was 5-0 going to the top of the seventh. Brad McCaullife, so effective before this frame, suddenly got in trouble as Phoenix exploded for four runs before the Brothers were able to get the final out and escape.
Jamesville-DeWitt resumed on Wednesday and fell to Chittenango 5-2, ending a three-game win streak. The Red Rams got in early trouble, falling behind 5-0 by the third inning as pitcher Max Bregande gave way to Kyle Naugle, who saw a four-inning stint in relief and did well.