Perhaps it took a couple of weeks, but the Marcellus baseball team is showing that it can move past the sudden mid-season departure of its entire coaching staff and put the focus back on the field - where the product is proving successful again.
In a four-day span, the Mustangs won four times, starting on Wednesday with a 7-2 victory over Cazenovia and continuing Thursday with a 6-2 conquest of Jordan-Elbridge.
Then came two high-profile weekend contests - and again, Marcellus came through.
On Friday, the Mustangs visited long-time rival Skaneateles, whom it beat at home 3-2 on April 17, just three days before head coach Pete Birmingham stepped down.
Behind early in the rematch, Marcellus fought back - and with Mike Welsh doing fine work on the mound, the Mustangs pulled out a 2-1 win to complete a regular-season sweep of the Lakers.
It was 0-0 until the bottom of the third inning, when Brandon Barron drove home Ryan Sherman to put Skaneateles in front.
From there, though, Welsh shut the door. The Lakers managed five hits, and Marcellus made a pair of errors. Each time, though, Welsh escaped the trouble, giving the Mustangs time to rally.
Marcellus used a run in the top of the fourth to pull even, 1-1, the lone run it would get off Laker starter Connor Herr. And it stayed that way until the seventh, when the Mustangs pushed across a run against reliever Ryan Prochna, and Welsh made that slim lead hold up in the bottom of that frame.
Not only did he throw a complete game, Welsh also scored one of the runs and earned a hit, as did Phil Zdanowski and Taylor Vile. Jake Welsh and Colin Smith each drew a pair of walks.
With its confidence growing, Marcellus made the trek to Alliance Bank Stadium to face Syracuse West in the Strike Out Lou Gehrig's Disease Classic, a benefit for ALS research and treatment at SUNY-Upstate Medical University.