Denied a chance at upending Westhill by last Tuesday’s heavy rains, the Marcellus baseball team instead set its sights on another neighbor to continue its late-season surge.
The Mustangs met Solvay twice in three days, and won them both to extend its win streak to six games before finally cooling off in a Saturday doubleheader.
The first game with Solvay made up for an April 23 weather postponement, and the combination of Nick Sinay’s power and Mike Welsh’s deft pitching led to an 8-0 shutout of the Bearcats.
Sinay first went deep in the bottom of the third inning, helping the Mustangs establish a 3-0 lead. Then, in the sixth, Sinay struck again, going over the wall and running his total to six RBIs as part of a decisive five-run outburst. Jake Welsh and Phil Zdanowski both scored twice.
Welsh, who beat Skaneateles 2-1 in his last outing, didn’t need anything more than the first round-tripper. In a four-hit complete game, Welsh drew five walks, but struck out four and constantly got out of trouble, never letting Solvay get on the board.
The rematch followed on Friday afternoon, and one big inning propelled the Mustangs to yet another victory, this one by an 11-7 margin.
Solvay’s three-run second inning gave the hosts a 3-2 lead. But in the top of the third, Marcellus erupted for seven runs, going through its entire order as Zdanowski, Kyle Hasings and Jake Welch each earned a pair of RBIs. Sinay and Brendon Sammon each scored twice.
Hastings pitched four innings, earning the win, and though Colin Smith had a rough time in relief, he still went the rest of the way. In defeat, Solvay’s Jaron Payne and Brandon Pelose each had two RBIs, with John Savo, Nate Antonacci and Dan Fantacone driving in one run apiece.