Clutch hit, pitching pushes Warriors past C-NS

Liverpool prevails 4-3 with seventh-inning heroics

— Still, it was another clutch performance from the St. John's University-bound Caruso, and now it was Contegni's turn to work in the bottom of the seventh against the heart of the C-NS order.

It didn't take long. On the first pitch, Mike Mento popped out. On the second pitch, Eric Hamilton flew out. Cleanup hitter T.J. Sprague fouled off the first pitch he saw, but then grounded out.

So Contegni needed a grand total of four pitches - by far his shortest inning of the season - to finish the game off and maintain the Warriors' upper hand in the C-NS rivalry.

Before getting together, the Warriors and Northstars both had to dodge week-long raindrops and get as many games in as possible.

Both managed to play last Monday – and of the two, Liverpool had far more stress, having to make a big late comeback to win a wild, 8-7 decision over Auburn at Falcon Park.

Despite its 2-10 record, and despite falling behind 4-0, the Maroons chased Pat Wright from the mound with a two-run third inning five-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth.

Now trailing 7-5, Liverpool staged its own comeback, with a three-run sixth to move in front. The Warriors benefited from poor Auburn defense, the hosts making five errors. But it also saw Dom Pirro go three-for-four and score three runs. Pilotti managed two hits and one RBI.

Liverpool’s bullpen salvaged the day, too, as Luke Gilbert, relieving Wright, worked three scoreless innings to earn the win.

C-NS didn’t have nearly that sort of problem, beating Syracuse East 10-2 a mere four days after that same East squad beat Liverpool. Even here, East led 2-0 before the Northstars scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and broke the game open with a seven-run fifth-inning outburst.

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