On the heels of knocking off unbeaten, state no. 1-ranked Westhill on May 4, the Cazenovia baseball team had to follow it up with more wins to make sure it would get to the post-season. It did so, and moved above the .500 mark (8-7) in the process.
There certainly wasn’t a letdown in last Monday’s game at Hannibal, where the Lakers pounded the Warriors 11-1 in a game shortened to five innings by rain.
Trailing 1-0 after one inning, Cazenovia scored twice in the top of the second to move ahead for good. Then it waited until the fourth, where it got three runs to make it 5-1, and a six-run fifth inning followed as Hannibal committed six errors.
Billy Bigsby singled, doubled, walked and scored three runs, with Alex Szlamczynski also scoring three times. Jack Malmsheimer, Brian Gara, Mark Dewan and Chris Matteson each had one RBI. Dewan also pitched four innings of one-hit ball, striking out five.
The Lakers made it three in a row on Wednesday, blanking Jordan-Elbridge 5-0 behind Liam Rogers’ pitching. Rogers went six innings, holding the Eagles to four hits before Chad Warren worked the final inning in relief.
Warren’s solo home run in the third inning got Cazenovia in front, but two-run rallies in the fourth and sixth provided the cushion as David McEntee’s three hits led to a pair of RBIs. Bigsby and Darian Smith also drove in runs.
This led to Saturday’s game against Marcellus, who was riding a five-game win streak. But the Lakers put a halt to that charge, beating the Mustangs 8-3.
Most of it was done in the bottom of the first inning. Trailing 2-0, the Lakers jumped all over Marcellus starting pitcher Colin Smith (who had appeared in relief the day before), batting around and scoring six runs.