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Caz baseball falls to Westhill, 5-0

Lakers unable to solve Walsh in Class B final rematch

Cazenovia third baseman Chad Warren (00) covers the bag as Westhill’s Bob Antonacci slides in safely during last Friday’s game at NBT Bank Stadium, where the Lakers took a 5-0 defeat to the Warriors in a rematch of the 2012 Section III Class B final.

Cazenovia third baseman Chad Warren (00) covers the bag as Westhill’s Bob Antonacci slides in safely during last Friday’s game at NBT Bank Stadium, where the Lakers took a 5-0 defeat to the Warriors in a rematch of the 2012 Section III Class B final. Larry Jones

The Warriors would keep pecking away, scoring single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make it 3-0. Pena scored on an error in the fifth, and after Chris Matteson replaced Rogers in the sixth, Antonacci's single brought home pinch-runner Hunter Chester.

Two more runs in the seventh created the final margin, but Walsh didn't need extra help. After surrendering a single to Bigsby in the first, he didn't allow another hit the rest of his way to earn his third consecutive one-hitter, walking three and striking out nine.

Cazenovia tuned up for Westhill with a superb all-around effort in last Wednesday’s game against visiting Skaneateles, dominating the battle of Laker sides in a 12-0 shutout.

A pair of first-inning runs got Cazenovia started, and it scored five times off Skaneateles starter Will Dougherty in the bottom of the second before getting five more runs in the third to build the lead to double digits.

Chad Warren went three-for-three, including a double, and earned three RBIs. Evan Cornell also drove in three runs, while Bigsby and Drew Devendorf drove in one run apiece as Bigsby, Stowell, Cullen Franz and Ryker Smith each scored twice.

Staked to that big early lead, Mark Dewan relaxed and pitched a gem, striking out six and only allowing two hits in five innings of work before Warren and Chris Matteson completed the shutout in relief.

When Cazenovia returned to NBT Bank Stadium for the Bob Southworth Tournament on Saturday, it lost again, this time to Syracuse East, in a 14-5 decision in the opening round.

The Lakers only trailed 6-5 when Syracuse East broke it open with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Devendorf had a double and two RBIs as Cullen Franz also drove in a run. Warren pitched three innings and took the loss.

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