B’ville baseball wins Ilacqua Tournament title

Bees close regular season with rush, improve to 16-3

The Bees’ 6-5 victory over West Genesee last Monday afternoon was in a non-league contest. Still, it gave B’ville some payback after it lost 6-1 to those same Wildcats exactly one week earlier.

Scott Orr, staked to a quick 1-0 lead on Levanti’s RBI double, gave up that edge in the top of the third inning, when WG used four hits to plate three runs.

Quickly, though, the Bees tied it 3-3 in the bottom of the third as Martin doubled to plate Levanti and Brett Charbonneau. Three more runs followed in the fourth as Levanti and Martin both had run-producing hits. Levanti was three-for-four overall.

B’ville protected that 6-3 lead until the sixth, when Steve Payette’s two-run single cut the margin to one. For the top of the seventh, Scott Blewett relieved Orr, and Blewett proceeded to strike out the side to earn the save.

A day later, the Bees hosted Auburn, and used steady production to eventually pull away from the Maroons and win by a 6-3 margin.

Briefly, Auburn led 1-0, but B’ville tied it in the bottom of the first and got at least one run in each of the first five innings. What’s more, five different players – Charbonneau, Levanti, Martin, Norton and Conklin – earned RBIs, creating a much more balanced attack. Conklin also pitched, going the route and surrendering seven hits, but not walking a batter as he earned five strikeouts.

B’ville made it three wins in as many days on Wednesday afternoon, going to Oswego and this time getting a full and effective start from Blewett in a 6-2 victory over the Buccaneers.

Other than the fourth inning, when Oswego got both of its runs on RBI hits from Ryan Lavner and Kyle Perez, Blewett shut things down. He held the Bucs to six hits, did not walk a single batter and recorded 13 strikeouts on his way to a complete game.

B’ville used a run in the first inning and three more in the second against Oswego starter Kevin Carpentier to take control. Martin’s hot streak continued, as his pair of hits led to three RBIs, while Levanti scored twice and drove in a run and Jordan Hughes added an RBI.

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