Once again, the temperamental Central New York weather caused some changes with the Baldwinsville baseball team’s best-laid plans.
The state Class AA no. 7-ranked Bees were set to face undefeated, state no. 17-ranked Cicero-North Syracuse last Tuesday in a big early-season clash of Class AA favorites, but it got rained out and moved to Friday – where again the threat of bad weather, which did show up at the time the game would have been played, forced a postponement.
Otherwise, the Bees got its full slate of games (four of them) in, claiming three in a row before Rochester McQuaid put an end to B’ville’s five-game win streak on Saturday, the Knights edging the Bees 3-2.
McQuaid got to Bees starting pitcher Brett DeLola for a pair of first-inning runs. B’ville tied it, 2-2, in the bottom of the the third as Jake Norton and Colin Conklin scored the runs, but the Knights quickly answered with a single run in the top of the fourth to get back in front.
From there, relief pitcher Casey McAlister shut McQuaid down, but the Bees’ offense would mostly struggle in the chilly, windy conditions, managing just three hits – one each from Conklin, Scott Blewett and Josh Demoski.
Long before all this, B’ville hosted Central Square last Monday and put together a big fourth inning in support of Blewett and beat the Red Hawks 11-3.
Blewett kept Central Square quiet throughout the early going, but didn’t have much support, only leading 1-0 through three innings. Then, in the bottom of the fourth, the Bees batted around, notching seven runs and chasing Red Hawks starter Parker Reese.
Gabe Levanti crushed his team’s first home run of the season, as he, along with Conklin and Josh Savacool, each got two RBIs. Levanti and Conklin both scored a pair of run as Norton, Zach Leo and Pat Merryweather got one RBI apiece.