East Syracuse-Minoa’s baseball team managed to emerge from back-to-back games with Jamesville-Dewitt and Christian Brothers Academy with a hard-fought split.
J-D beat the Spartans 8-2 last Tuesday afternoon. Leading from the start, the Red Rams gained a 3-0 edge by the second inning. After ESM closed the gap to 3-2, J-D pulled clear with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Chris Lenish smashed a home run, scored twice and earned two RBIs. Paul Fitzgibbons drove in three runs as Nick Austin scored three runs. Jimmy Sinopoli had a double and two RBIs as John Werbowky also drove in a run.
Sinopoli pitched, too, going six innings for the win before Chris McGee worked the final inning in relief. ESM’s Brandon Breen hit a solo home run as Joel Clark took the loss.
Two days later, the Spartans went to CBA, and were on the brink of another defeat before rising up in the seventh inning to stun the Brothers 5-3.
Going to the top of the seventh, CBA led, 3-1, and Webb Little was cruising along. But ESM cut the gap to 3-2 on Greg Fingar’s single that scored Matt Hunter, and Jack Burgan hit a clutch triple that scored both the tying and go-ahead runs.
ESM added one more tally and then turned to Fingar, who pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the game. Fingar had eight strikeouts to overcome 10 CBA hits, three of them by Mike Trasolini.
J-D, meanwhile, was 11-1 going into Thursday’s game at Homer, where it rallied from behind to take a late lead, only to surrender it at the end of an exciting 6-5 loss to the Trojans.
An early 2-0 lead disappeared when Homer scored twice in the third and fourth innings. But J-D didn’t flinch, erasing that 4-2 deficit with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and moving back in front, 5-4, when Sam Crisalli’s single scored Werbowky after a botched pick-off got Werbowky into scoring position.