Single runs in the fourth and sixth inning got the Rams closer, as Chris Lenish and Dan Canfield scored and John Werbowky added an RBI, but Bears pitchers Sean Cliff and Wes Burghardt combined to hold J-D to four hits.
That skid quickly ended Saturday as J-D blanked New Hartford 9-0 on Saturday afternoon. Runs in four of the first five innings, capped by a four-run fourth, gave the Rams plenty of cushion.
Eric Thompson managed three hits, including a triple. Lenish doubled and scored three runs as Werbowky’s double and single led to three RBIs. Canfield and Paul Fitzgibbons managed two hits apiece as three pitchers – Bregande, Matt Yonta and Chris McGee – combined on a three-hit shutout.
Not until Thursday did Fayetteville-Manlius resume, testing itself against defending Class AA champion Liverpool and hanging in there before taking a 5-3 loss to the Warriors in a game shortened to six innings by more rain.
Mike Monashefsky and Mike Perry both had run-scoring singles in the first two innings. Still, by the end of the third inning Liverpool led, 4-2, propelled by Alex Caruso’s two-run home run in the first and Pat Wright’s solo shot in the third off Hornets pitcher Matt Godleski.
F-M’s best chance to win it came in the fifth, when it scored a run and loaded the bases with two outs against Caruso, who also pitched. On the first offering he saw, J.P. Quinn flew out, and the Warriors tacked on another run in its part of the fifth for the final margin.
When the Hornets faced Rome Free Academy two days later, Le Moyne-bound ace Zach Tucker reclaimed the form he lost in his previous outing, helping the Hornets beat the Black Knights 3-1.
In a complete-game effort, Tucker gave up seven hits, but struck out 13 and constantly worked his way out of trouble. To reward him, the Hornets broke up a 1-1 tie with two decisive runs in the bottom of the fifth, brought home by Dave Nuzzo’s double. Seth Pedersen had the other RBI.