When ESM went to Phoenix, it got all of its runs in the top of the second as Jordan Barton, Steve Macko and Casey Taylor each earned an RBI. Barton and Casey Sullivan had two hits apiece.
Other than allowing the Firebirds’ lone tally in the bottom of the second, Fingar proved stingy, earning five strikeouts and overcoming six hits and three walks to prevail.
Back home on Thursday, the Spartans lost to Bishop Ludden 7-4, unable to recover from the Gaelic Knights’ four-run first-inning against ESM pitcher Steve Macko.
And the deficit grew to 7-0 before the Spartans got on the board in the sixth. Belatedly, ESM tried to rally, with three more runs in the bottom of the seventh as Brownell, Lawless and Steve Loder drove in runs, but Ludden held on.
ESM also took an 8-0 defeat to Chittenango Friday in the game made up from last Tuesday’s rainout. All the Spartans could manage was three hits, while Sullivan got into quick trouble when the Bears score four first-inning runs to take control.
J-D, meanwhile, made it three straight wins by rallying past Cortland 6-3. The Purple Tigers got to Yonta for all of its runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Staring at a 3-0 deficit, J-D scored a run in the second and sprinted out in front with three runs in the top of the fourth and two more runs in the fifth. Canfield, Werbowsky and Nick Austin each had one RBI as Canfield scored twice and the Rams took advantage of four Cortland errors.
Yonta, meanwhile, settled down and was close to untouchable after the Purple Tigers’ early push. He gave up just two hits and one walk, earning 11 strikeouts as J-D improved to 11-6 on the season.