continued Matteson, with his long relief stint, earned the victory, as he and Dewan combined for nine strikeouts and only gave up a single walk between them.
In Monday’s game against visiting Solvay, the Lakers nearly made a tremendous comeback in the seventh inning, but fell short in an 8-6 loss to the Bearcats that ultimately kept Cazenovia from the outright league crown.
As the bottom of the seventh commenced, Cazenovia trailed 8-2, but its lineup suddenly roared to life, scaring Solvay as it scored four runs, only to have Bearcats reliever John Savo settle down and record the final out.
Prior to that, Solvay had built a 3-0 lead by the third inning. The Lakers scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, but the Bearcats tagged Cazenovia starter Liam Rogers for five runs in the top of the sixth that proved decisive.
Savo relieved Dan Fantacone, who earned the win. Chris Matteson pitched in relief of Rogers and also earned a pair of RBIs at the plate as Brodie Kellish also drove in a run. Franz scored twice as Matteson, Chad Warren, Ryker Smith and Drew Devendorf scored one run apiece.
Unlike in 2012, the Class B playoff bracket did not split. Instead, in a 15-team field, Cazenovia is the no. 5 seed, and faces no. 12 seed Skaneateles in Tuesday’s opening round, with the winner advancing to Thursday’s quarterfinal against Solvay or Adirondack. The semifinals are Saturday and the title game is May 27 at Rome’s DeLutis Field.