In just a span of 24 hours, the Skaneateles baseball team went from a complete lack of production at the plate to a well-timed outburst that may have turned a floundering season around.
To start with, the Lakesr nearly got no-hit by Westhill for the second consecutive April, but rescued itself from that fate just in time during last Monday’s game against the defending Section III Class B champions, even though it still resulted in a 7-0 defeat.
Warriors ace Ben Walsh, trying to repeat Alex Godzak’s feat from the year before, went the first six innings without allowing a Laker hit, earning nine strikeouts – but in the top of the seventh, Conor Herr singled to end the no-hit bid.
It helped Walsh that the Warriors jumped all over Skaneateles pitcher Luke Drancsak, scoring twice in the first inning and three more times in the bottom of the second. J.C. Pena led Westhill with a triple, two singles and two RBIs as Jim Albright also drove in a pair of runs.
Given all this, the Lakers weren’t expected to do much at Hannibal 24 hours later, and got off to a terrible start – but Skaneateles somehow rebounded from this and, with a furious late surge, put together a 10-8 victory over those other Warriors.
Through three innings, the Lakers trailed Hannibal 5-0. Soon after, Paul Musso replaced starting pitcher Ryan Cunningham and, other than giving up a pair of runs in the fifth, was steady on the mound in the game’s middle stages.
And that gave Skaneateles time to rally. The Lakers scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the deficit to 5-4, and after Hannibal’s pair of runs in its end of the fifth made it 7-4, the Lakers batted around in the top of the sixth and plated five runs against Warriors ace Greg Pitcher to seize a 9-7 lead.