Then, with two out in the bottom of the seventh and the winning run in scoring position, Ludden stepped up against WG reliever Evan Reichel (who had started the day before and shut out Central Square 7-0) and drilled the decisive hit, only the fourth for C-NS all day.
The timing of Friday’s rain caused a second postponement of the Northstars’ showdown with B’ville, but it cleared out in time for Saturday and a non-league game against Rochester McQuaid, where C-NS prevailed 5-2 to make it five wins in a row.
Ironically, McQuaid had played B’ville earlier in the day and won, 3-2, so C-NS knew it faced a real challenge, and promptly fell behind 1-0 in the first inning. But it scored twice in the bottom of the second and tacked on single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings to build a winning margin.
C.J. Szczesny pitched four innings, allowing four hits, before Jesse Farabee took over in the fifth and held McQuaid without a hit the rest of the way, striking out three. At the plate, McArdell and Dziados each drove in two runs, with Hamilton adding an RBI. Ludden managed two hits, matching McArdell and Dziados, and scored twice.
As this went on, Liverpool’s early-season struggles continued as it fell, 6-1, to Fayetteville-Manlius.
Don Pauldine’s RBI single in the bottom of the third scored Mike Pauldine and tied the game, 1-1, but the Hornets used two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to pull in front for good.
Nick Claver pitched five innings and took the loss, with Luke Gilbert seeing a relief stint. Pauldine was the only Warrior to pick up two hits, with Dom Pirro adding a double. And the Warriors didn’t help itself on the defensive side, committing five errors as the Hornets went error-free.
Friday’s wild weather not only postponed the rescheduled C-NS-Baldwinsville game, it also wiped out Liverpool’s trip to Utica Proctor.
The Warriors would have a pivotal week ahead, not only going to Gillette Field to face C-NS, but also hosting B’ville before a Friday meeting with Syracuse West. And right after it plays Liverpool, C-NS would try, for a third time, to get in that long-awaited game with B'ville on Thursday afternoon.