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Liverpool baseball scares C-NS again

Northstars again have to rally to beat Warriors

— Right at the end, the Liverpool baseball team started to click and find success, even if it was too late to reach the post-season.

What the Warriors could take the most pride in, perhaps, was the way it played in two-head-to-head encounters with rival Cicero-North Syracuse.

Despite its 17-1 record, CNY Counties League National division regular-season title and no. 7 state Class AA ranking, the Northstars nearly lost both of its encounters with Liverpool, including last Thursday’s game, where C-NS pulled out a 5-4 decision.

Much like their April 24 meeting, where C-NS erased a 4-0 deficit in the last two innings to prevail 6-5, the Warriors were resilient, even after the Northstars claimed a 3-0 lead with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings.

Breaking out, Liverpool got to C.J. Szczesny in the bottom of the fourth for all of its runs to take a 4-3 lead, with Rick Sisto’s bases-clearing double the big blow as Dom Pirro added an RBI in that frame.

C-NS shook this off and tied it, 4-4, in the top of the fifth before getting the go-ahead run in the sixth off Warriors starter Don Pauldine. No. 9 batter Justin Teague reached base, went to sacrifice bunt and raced home on Paul Ludden’s single.

Then Austin Frawley, pitching in relief of Szczesny, held Liverpool scoreless in the last two innings to earn the win. Nathan Dodge pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief for the Warriors, who got two hits apiece from Ryan Caldwell and Sam Colella.

Eric Hamilton, with a double and two RBIs, keyed the early C-NS push, while Vince Mallaro hit a solo home run, just as he had to beat Baldwinsville 3-2 a night earlier. Paul Vinciguerra and Jake McArdell each doubled and scored.

The game with C-NS came two days after the Warriors, playing the spoiler role, hurt Utica Proctor’s playoff hopes, making a stirring comeback to beat the visiting Raiders 5-4.

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