For the briefest moment Tuesday afternoon, the Marcellus baseball team had to feel like it was 2011 all over again.
Just like in last year’s Section III Class B playoffs, the Mustangs were leading rival Westhill and appeared to solve the Warriors’ left-handed ace, Alex Godzak, in the process.
Not long after that, though, reality returned, in the form of Godzak dominating on the mound and the Mustangs seeing its lead slip away in a tough 5-3 defeat.
In this game, made up from a May 8 rainout, the Mustangs, who lost to Westhill 2-1 in their first meeting on April 19, used its strong top of the order to forge a 3-0 lead. Phil Zdanowski, Nick Sinay and Taylor Vile reached base, and all of them scored as Vile got credit for an RBI.
And that was it, from the Mustangs’ batting standpoint. For the next six frames, Godzak was close to untouchable, putting together a three-hitter that saw a steady stream of Mustang hitters trudge to the plate – and then trudge back after a third strike.
All told, Godzak had 17 strikeouts, giving his fielders a chance to relax. And at the plate, the Warriors rallied against Marcellus pitchers Kyle Hastings and John Crysler, with a run in the second and three runs in the third to move out in front before it tacked on an insurance run in the seventh.
Joe Meluni scored twice, while Jacob Nigolian earned two hits and an RBI. Ben Walsh, who pitched and won the first game against Marcellus, also drove in a run.
Both sides had played the day before. For Westhill, who had lost its previous two games, it did not get easier as it had to work through eight innings before beating Skaneateles 3-2.
Despite a 2-0 lead through four innings, the Warriors could not hang on to it, Skaneateles tying it up with single runs in the fifth and sixth, forcing starter Ben Walsh out.