Genesee baseball team continued to establish itself as a Class AA title contender through a busy stretch of four games in six days where it would win three times.
The Wildcats displayed plenty of virtues in last Monday’s 7-1 win over Fayetteville-Manlius, among them patience and well-timed surprise.
For most of the afternoon, Adam Reichel dueled with Hornets right-hander Mike Hoalcraft, both of them stranding runners to thwart scoring chances, though WG took a 1-0 lead in the third on singles by Colin Bevard and Will Randall and an RBI groundout from Reichel.
But Hoalcraft settled down and retired eight in a row, getting rewarded a bit when F-M tied it, 1-1, in the top of the sixth, but all that did was set up the Wildcats’ breakthrough in the bottom of that frame.
Will Randall led off with a single and Reichel was hit, putting runners on first and second. Then Jon Brittain squared to bunt, but then poked a single between third base and short, allowing Randall to race home with the go-ahead run.
With runners on second and third, Bailey Gauthier executed a perfect bunt single to score Reichel and make it 3-1. Nick DeJohn followed with a two-run, pinch-hit double, and WG tacked on two more runs against reliever Josh Loeffler. Reichel then got the last three outs, striking out six in his complete-game effort while holding F-M to six hits.
WG continued this streak Thursday night, at DeLutis Field, where it faced Rome Free Academy and put together a 9-2 victory over the Black Knights.
A two-run first inning got the Wildcats moving, and it kept RFA in check thanks to the pitching of Evan Reichel, who went six innings and allowed just five hits.
Still, WG didn’t seal it until a five-run outburst in the top of the seventh, similar to what it had done late against F-M. Bailey Gauthier had two hits and three RBIs, while Bevard and Wes Randall each drove in two runs and Miguel Rodriguez added an RBI. Brittain doubled twice and Steve Payette also got two hits.