When it got off to a 12-1 start and rose as high as no. 2 in the state Class A rankings, expectations for the Jamesville-DeWitt baseball team soared in accordance.
Those expectations are tempered after a pair of late-season league setbacks, starting May 2 with a 5-4 defeat to Homer and continuing with last Tuesday’s 9-1 loss to Bishop Ludden.
The Gaelic Knights got superb pitching from Zach Walser and Cory Poplawski, who held J-D to five hits and a lone run in the fourth inning, Jimmy Sinopoli driving home Chris Lenish.
Ludden, already up 1-0, took control in the bottom of the second with five runs off Sinopoli and added three more runs in the sixth. Defensively, the Rams committed four errors.
What made this all the more surprising was that J-D flattened Marcellus 20-1 the day before, getting six runs in the second inning and eight runs in the fourth inning, aided in no small part by the Mustangs’ seven errors.
Still, J-D managed 13 hits, including a home run from Chris McGee, who got four RBIs and scored four runs as Sinopoli got three hits and also drove in four runs.
Lenish also scored four times, matching John Werbowsky’s two-RBI output as Paul Fitzgibbons scored three runs. Sam Crisalli, Tom Canfield and Xander Ferlenda each drove in two run as Kyle Naugle pitched five innings and earned the win.
To put it lightly, J-D did not take this well, and then took it out on Mexico Thursday with one of the biggest blowouts in the program’s history, a 27-1 destruction of the Tigers.
J-D warmed up by grabbing an 8-0 lead by the third inning, but then exploded for 13 runs in the top of the fourth, batting around twice as it finished with 25 hits.
Chris McGee hit a home run, scored four times and piled up six RBIs overall, while Alex Way went deep for the first time. Lenish, who doubled twice, and Crisalli each had three hits and three RBIs, while Werbowsky, Paul Fitzgibbons and Josh Jaffe drove in two runs apiece. Sinopoli, Canfield and Dylan McGee drove in one run apiece.