Cazenovia’s baseball team, pictured here during its April trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., has enjoyed a late-season surge that included wins over Westhill and Homer, both ranked in the state Class B top 10 at the time.
Moving to extra frames, Cazenovia inched into a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth but, again, could not put it away, Homer pushing across the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the eighth.
McEntee pitched 5 1/3 innings, with relief help from Whiteman, Rogers and Chad Warren, and also had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Whiteman and Warren also drove in runs as Homer teammates Kevin McNeil and Mike Hartnett each had two RBIs.
Earlier in the week, Cazenovia turned to its pitching to put together a valuable 1-0 win at Solvay. Combined, the trio of Whiteman, Rogers and Mark Dewan limited the Bearcats to five hits. Rogers and Dewan, who had the longer stints, each recorded five strikeouts.
Meanwhile, Solvay ace Matt Fantacone was containing the Lakers most of the way, too. But in the top of the sixth, Cazenovia broke the 0-0 deadlock and got the only run it needed, Billy Bigsby crossing the plate. Malmsheimer was the only Laker to get two hits.
Right after the win over Homer, the Lakers went to Alliance Bank Stadium to play in the Bob Southworth City Tournament, where it would get a third-place finish.
Cazenovia lost, 7-1, to Syracuse West in the opening round, briefly getting a 1-0 lead in the second inning (Warren scored the run) before Syracuse West tied it in the third and pulled in front with three-run rallies in the fourth and sixth innings.
But the Lakers turned around and, in Saturday’s consolation game, rallied past Phoenix 11-6 to clinch a winning record (11-9) for 2012. Though the Firebirds led 6-1 after three innings, Cazenovia erased it all with a seven-run outburst in the top of the fourth.
Malmsheimer led the comeback, finishing with three hits and three RBIs, while Smith and Dewan also managed three hits apiece. Gara had two hits and two RBIs as McEntee, Warren and Ben Langey also had two-hit outings. Chris Matteson pitched three innings to earn the win.