Another week of strong play was helping to push the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team toward another high seed for the Section III Class AA playoffs.
The lone blemish was last Thursday’s game at Baldwinsville, where the Hornets were one strike from defeat, rescued the game, went into extra frames, took the lead – and still lost a 4-3 decision to the Bees in nine innings.
Much of the game had belonged to the pitchers. Scott Blewett, throwing for the Bees, held his own against F-M's ace, Zach Tucker, during regulation and protected a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning.
After Mike Perry singled and moved to second to lead off the top of the sixth, B'ville decided, with two outs, to intentionally walk Dave Nuzzo, even though he was the go-ahead run. It backfired when Mike Monashefsky took Blewett's next pitch into left field for a single that scored Perry.
But the 1-1 tie didn't last long, either. In the bottom of the sixth with two out, Leo drew a walk. Jimmy Schmidt then doubled into the gap, allowing Leo to race home with the go-ahead run when the throw was just off target.
Now Blewett aimed to end the game in the seventh. After J.P. Quinn's single, a strikeout, stolen base and groundout left Quinn on third and two out for Perry. From a 2-2 count, Perry fouled off three pitches and then hit a grounder to shortstop Brett Charbonneau, who short-hopped his throw to first as he tried to record the final out. Quinn scored, it was 2-2, and now it went to extra frames.
Neither team scored in the eighth. In the top of the ninth, though, F-M loaded the bases and moved ahead 3-2 on Flynn’s single, but another runner got thrown out at home, and B’ville reliever Casey McAllister escaped further damage.