Vince Mallaro and Justin Teague each had three hits, with Mallaro smashing the game’s only home run. Teague earned a pair of RBIs as he, along with Mallaro and Paul Ludden, scored two runs apiece. Hamilton chimed in with a pair of hits.
Another tough game appeared to loom Thursday night, when C-NS hosted the same Syracuse East side it had fought hard to beat 4-2 just six days earlier. But the timing of the game had much to do with the Northstars winning by a more comfortable 14-6 margin in the rematch.
Since C-NS had seen East’s starting pitcher, Jeff Belge, in that first meeting, they knew what to expect, and that led to early production that helped erase an early 2-0 deficit.
The Northstars scored a run in the first inning and two more in the second on run-scoring hits from Teague and Mento. Then it appeared to break the game open with five runs in the bottom of the third, all with two outs, which chased Belge from the mound, Owen Dziados getting a two-run single in the middle of the barrage.
East kept fighting, pulling back within 9-6 in the top of the sixth, but C-NS had a ready answer, scoring five more times in the bottom of the sixth to put it away.
Mallaro hit his second home run in as many games, as Teague and Mento both got three hits and three RBIs. Paul Vinciguerra doubled and drove in a run as C.J. Szczesny, in his first start since the April 25 game at Baldwinsville, went five innings to earn the win, striking out five.
C-NS then hosted Utica Proctor on Saturday afternoon, and proceeded to earn its 13th straight win by again reaching double figures in a 13-2 romp over the Raiders.
The Northstars took charge in the bottom of the second, breaking a 1-1 tie by scoring four runs. Then it scored twice in the third and fifth innings before tacking on four more runs in the sixth, gathering up 18 hits along the way.