Baldwinsville senior pitcher Pat Merryweather sends a speeder to the plate in Wednesday night's game against Cicero-North Syracuse. Despite a solid effort from Merryweather, the Bees lost, 3-2, to the Northstars.
In the top of the fifth, C-NS head coach Kevin Rockwell didn't hesitate. He said that Farabee's velocity was a concern, so facing the top of the Bees' order, he brought in his relief ace, Apps, whose three-inning stint in the first meeting with B'ville led to a win.
Apps was even better on this night. Using his unique sidearm delivery and wide array of pitches, he retired the side in the fifth and sixth, and after drawing a leadoff walk in the seventh, he escaped further trouble, getting Josh Demoski to ground out to end it. Not once did a B'ville hitter get a ball past the infield against Apps.
Of course, a lot happened even before the Bees made that trip to C-NS – most notably, the impressive return of Blewett to the pitching rotation.
Having not started in two weeks, Blewett was handed a plum assignment in last Monday’s game at West Genesee, and the right-hander delivered in a big way, shutting out the Wildcats 2-0 in a possible playoff preview.
For four innings, it remained 0-0, but the Bees could afford to be patient because Blewett was using his deft mix of pitches to baffle WG’s lineup, only surrendering two hits – one each to Bailey Gauthier and Ryan Matthews – and striking out 13.
B’ville rewarded that effort by poking across the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth and adding a run in the seventh. Levanti hit a solo home run, and Josh Demoski’s triple brought home Colin Conklin with the other tally.