Pat Pierret, who took over in relief in the fourth after Brad McAuliffe started, went four innings and earned the win. Mike Trasolini drove in two runs as Camillo Spinoso and Bobby Anderson had one RBI apiece. J-D’s Paul Fitzgibbons doubled and earned a pair of RBIs to lead his side.
This eventful week for CBA had started in a negative manner, as it went to Chittenango and lost, 5-4, to the same Bears side it had beaten 6-4 earlier in the month.
Quickly, the Brothers fell behind thanks to a trio of first-inning Chittenango runs. In the third inning, CBA closed within 3-2, only to have the Bears restore the margin as, by this point, Wes Burghardt already had a home run and three RBIs.
In the fifth, CBA pulled back within a run and chased starter Greg Jasek, but Burghardt, along with Devin Christopher, threw two innings of shutout relief to pull it out.
Mark Finley took the loss, with Emmet Dunn looking strong in a long relief stint, holding the Bears without a hit in three innings of work. Lavin led CBA at the plate with three hits and two RBIs as Mason Garlatti also drove in a run.
While this went on, J-D beat Phoenix 4-2, a game that was in doubt until the top of the seventh, when Matt Yonta blasted a two-run home run to break a 2-2 tie.
Prior to that, the Red Rams had seen 1-0 and 2-1 leads disappear, despite two hits and an RBI from Dan Canfield and Chris McGee driving in a run. McGee also pitched, going 5 2/3 innings before Kyle Naugle relieved him, not allowing a hit in his stint and earning the win in the process.
J-D recovered, though – and did so, ironically enough, against Bishop Ludden, riding Yonta’s terrific pitching to a 7-1 win over the Gaelic Knights on Wednesday afternoon.
Yonta got immediate help when J-D scored twice in the first and third innings, eventually building the lead to 7-0 in the top of the sixth. Paul Fitzgibbons and Jimmy Sinopoli each had a double and two RBIs, while Canfield and Chris Lenish also drove in runs.
Though he gave up seven hits in six innings of work, Yonta struck out six and constantly escaped trouble. Kyle Naugle worked the seventh inning and closed it out.