Baldwinsville The way Baldwinsville baseball coach Dave Penafeather spoke about his team’s 4-0 victory over Liverpool on Monday afternoon, you’d have thought it had lost to prolong a losing streak.
“We're trying to find ourselves as a team," Penafeather said after a lengthy postgame team meeting. "I don't think we've played our best baseball."
But the Bees improved to 6-0 in league play (6-1 overall) behind junior Scott Blewett’s four-hit, 11-strikeout complete game shutout.
“I was happy to see what he did today because without him we probably would have had a little more trouble,” Penafeather said.
Coming into the game Blewett held a 2-0 record with zero earned runs, five hits, and 18 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. So Penafeather dubbing this his best performance of the season is more than a formality.
To Blewett, though, it was another trip to the mound.
“I've been that effective,” Blewett said. “I've been trying to let them put the ball in play. That's my goal is to just let them hit the ball and keep my pitch count down.”
But he didn’t do a great job of that - Liverpool batters put the ball in play just 17 times over the seven innings.
If Liverpool’s offense struggled to get contact, B'ville wasn't much better. They managed just five hits, benefitting from Warriors pitcher Nathan Dodge’s early control issues.
Dodge opened the first inning by walking Josh Demoski and Josh Savacool. Gabe Levanti followed with his only hit in three at-bats, a towering drive over the head of center fielder Michael Wright, but Demoski held up at second waiting for the ball to hit the ground.
Demoski scored, but Savacool had to stop at third and Levanti ended up with a single. Dodge committed a rare balk to bring Savacool home and move Levanti to second.