Apr 28, 2013 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
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.
It got to 10-7 an inning later, and though Hannibal scored once in the bottom of the seventh, Musso recorded the final outs as his long relief stint resulted in a win.
Aided by six Warrior errors, the Lakers still saw Kieran Daley and Sepp Martin each get two hits. Collin Jones, John Texeira and Nick Hyland each joined Daley as they scored two runs apiece.
Gaining momentum from that win, Skaneateles returned home on Thursday and, against top rival Marcellus, relied on solid pitching and well-timed outbursts at the plate to beat the Mustangs 6-3.
Quickly, the Lakers got to Marcellus pitcher Mike Hastings for three runs in the bottom of the first. After the Mustangs cut the lead to 3-2, Skaneateles scored three more times in the fourth, and that cushion would stick.
Nick Hyland pitched a complete game, limiting Marcellus to five hits and striking out five. Herr drove in two of the Lakers’ runs as he and Daley both got a pair of hits, while Hyland, Drancsak and Cunnigham each drove in one run. Texeira singled, walked twice and scored two runs.
Having climbed back to the .500 mark (4-4), the Lakers went to Phoenix on Friday and delivered perhaps its best all-around effort of the season, dominating from the start in a 14-5 victory over the Firebirds.
A five-run first inning set the tone as the Lakers got an 8-0 lead off Phoenix pitcher Chris Vaverchak, knocking him out early and giving plenty of cushion to Will Dougherty, who pitched four innings to earn the win as Paul Musso went the rest of the way in relief.
Amid a 12-hit attack, Herr doubled and drove in three runs. Daley, Cunningham, Dougherty and Hyland each had two RBIs as Daley scored three runs and Martin managed a double and RBI. Jones had two hits and scored twice.
It stays busy early this week for the Lakers (5-4), culminating with a key contest on Wednesday against visiting Cazenovia after Skaneateles takes on Chittenango and McGraw.