Whether the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team would carry major momentum into the closing stages of the regular season hinged, to some degree, on Friday’s game against West Genesee, an opponent with a similar record and outlook.
It helped, of course, to have pitching ace Zach Tucker in top form, and that translated into a 5-1 victory over the Wildcats.
Tucker, squared off with WG’s Matt Naton, matched zeroes until the bottom of the third inning, when F-M got to Naton for a pair of runs. A single run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth offered the insurance as Dave Nuzzo and Tom Flynn each had two hits and two RBIs.
Given plenty of support, Tucker didn’t waste it, holding the Wildcats to three hits, all singles, and amassing 14 strikeouts.
The week began well for the Hornets (8-3, 6-2 league) as, in a trip to Oswego last Monday afternoon, two big rallies made the difference in a 9-4 win over the Buccaneers.
They were tied, 1-1, when F-M broke out for four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Oswego pulled back within 5-4 an inning later, but the Hornets used another four-run outburst in the top of the seventh to pull clear.
Overall, the Hornets had 14 hits, three each from Mike Hoalcraft and Jack McClure, while Nate Olson’s pair of hits led to two RBIs. Mike Monashefsky hit a solo home run as Flynn and J.P. Quinn also drove in runs. Alex Godleski struck out seven in his complete-game pitching effort.
A rematch followed two days later, and F-M, playing at home, made it even more lopsided, bashing Oswego 14-2. A four-run first inning got the Hornets in front, and then it put the Bucs away with nine runs in the bottom of the second.