With the weather a bit warmer (and much drier), Cazenovia’s baseball team plunged into the heart of its OHSL Liberty division schedule, having its up-and-down moments, but mostly finding success.
A peak moment was Friday’s neighborhood battle between the Lakers and the Chittenango Bears. Before the winds and rain shortened the contest to five innings, Cazenovia did more than enough damage, putting away the Bears 15-0.
Between them, Liam Rogers and Will Fellows held Chittenango to just one hit, but the real story for the Lakers was at the plate, where it got an early 3-0 lead and then batted around in the third and fourth innings, getting six runs in each frame, helped by the Bears committing five errors.
Rogers and Carson Clabeaux each scored three runs, with Clabeaux managing two hits and an RBI. Evan Cornell drove in two runs as Brodie Kellish, Cullen Franz, Mark Dewan, Ryker Smith, Billy Rankin and Noah King each had one RBI. Matt Cretaro had Chittenango’s lone hit as Josh Cretaro pitched and took the loss.
Before all this, the Lakers visited Solvay last Monday and used the big inning, plus strong mound work from Rogers and Chris Matteson, to romp past the Bearcats 13-1.
Here, the fun started early as Cazenovia scored five runs in the top of the first inning off Solvay pitcher Dan Fantacone. Four more runs followed in the fourth, knocking out Fantacone, and the Lakers touched up reliever Sal Dahlin for four runs in the sixth, all of this aided by a porous Solvay defense that committed an incredible 11 errors.
Thus, Cazenovia got double-digit runs despite just seven hits, two of them by Smith. Kelish scored three runs as Franz, Warren and Dewan each crossed the plate twice. Franz also had a pair of RBIs, as did Rogers.