SYRACUSE From the start of the season, Baldwinsville baseball head coach Dave Penafeather and his staff have emphasized making the most out of every single pitch in every single at-bat. They feel that is a major part of having a successful hitting team.
And their players seem to have gotten the message.
B'ville added another dominant win to its romp through the playoffs with a 10-3 victory over Fayetteville-Manlius in the Section III Class AA championship game Wednesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.
The Bees blew the game open with six runs in the sixth inning and have now outscored their three playoff opponents (Syracuse West, Liverpool and F-M) by a combined score of 47-9 en route to its first sectional title since 2004.
“I would never have thought we’d score 47 runs over these three games,” Penafeather said. “We talked about having good at-bats. The coaches have stressed all year having good at-bats one pitch at a time. We carried it from our first sectional game.”
F-M did manage to hang around with the Bees through most of the game, even taking the lead in the top of the third. Hornets first baseman Dave Nuzzo opened the scoring with his first of two doubles on the night to push his team in front 2-0.
But B'ville answered quickly. They tallied four hits off Hornets ace Zach Tucker for three runs in the bottom of the third to go ahead.
“We don’t want to be outscored,” said Bees junior catcher Gabe Levanti, who finished with a team-high three RBIs. “Coach says to win every inning. That’s what we try to do.”
Both teams tallied a run in the fifth to put the score at 4-3 before Levanti and sophomore pitcher Scott Blewett teamed up for an inning-ending double play in the sixth that swung momentum in B'ville's favor.