B'ville now had Tucker out of the game, replaced on the mound by Mike Hoalcraft. Charbonneau and Gabe Levanti both reached base, and Martin tied in with a single that scored Charbonneau and moved Levanti to third. Hoalcraft then threw an outside pitch that spun to the backstop, allowing Levanti to dive home with the winning run.
That, as it turned out, was the lone blemish in a 4-1 week for F-M that improved the team’s overall record to 12-44.
The Hornets began the week by hosting Central Square and building a big early lead before it held on to beat the Red Hawks 6-4. F-M got to Central Square’s starting pitcher, Parker Reese, for two runs in the first inning and four runs in the third.
Quinn and Nuzzo both hit home runs. Quinn finished with three RBIs, while Jack McClure also drove in a run. Nuzzo finished with three hits as Mike Perry added two hits.
Given that big early cushion, Matt Godleski cruised until the sixth, when Central Square finally got on the board. A three-run seventh made it more alarming, but Godleski closed it out, finishing with eight strikeouts against six hits and three walks allowed.
Right before facing B’ville, F-M got another first-rate pitching performance, this one from McClure, as the Hornets blanked Syracuse West 4-0.
All of the Hornets’ runs came in the second and third innings. Quinn doubled, singled, scored a run and earned two RBIs, while Monashefsky also had a pair of hits. McClure, given that cushion, shut down Syracuse West, holding them to two hits and one walk while earning eight strikeouts.
Though the loss to B’ville hurt, F-M recovered well, sweeping a Saturday doubleheader against Rush-Henrietta, from the Section V ranks. It started with a 7-0 shutout where Godleski held the Royal Comets to four hits. F-M had runs in each of the first six innings as Perry and Quinn each scored twice and Peter Battan managed two hits.
In the second game, the Hornets unleashed twice as much offense in a 14-5 romp, breaking it open with eight runs in the fourth inning. Nuzzo and Monashefsky both hit home runs as part of a 19-hit assault where Perry led with four hits and three RBIs. Hoalcraft drove in three runs as Sean Brown joined Nuzzo and Monashefsky with two RBIs apiece.