West Genny baseball shuts down B’ville

Wildcats knock off both of 2013 sectional AA finalists

— Due to the bad weather that pushed the start of its 2014 season back for more than a week, the West Genesee baseball team found itself hosting both of last spring’s Section III Class AA finalists when it finally took the field – and beating them both.

Most satisfying of all was what took place last Friday afternoon, as Baldwinsville, the reigning state Class AA champions, arrived in Camillus and proceeded to get silenced by Wildcats pitchers Bailey Gauthier and Seamus Barry in a 4-1 victory.

It helped, no doubt, that B’ville didn’t have highly-touted senior ace Scott Blewett on the mound, as he had pitched two days earlier and struck out 15 against Syracuse East in a 3-0 shutout.

Instead, Cody Kaestle got the call for the Bees, and WG beat him with a run in the first inning and two more in the bottom of the third to break a 1-1 tie and put the hosts ahead for good.

Gauthier started and went 4 2/3 innings, frustrating the Bees as he didn’t allow a hit. With two out in the fifth, Barry took over, and while B’ville’s Gage Blasi did get a hit, Barry made sure that it didn’t translate into anything more with a lengthy save.

Will Randall led the Wildcats at the plate, managing a pair of hits and getting two RBIs, while Collin Bevard’s two hits also led to a pair of RBIs. Randall, Gauthier, Joey Vetter and Evan Reichel scored the Wildcats’ runs.

Two days earlier, WG took on Oswego and used steady production at the plate, along with a clean defensive effort, to beat the Buccaneers 10-3.

WG scored in each of the first five innings, capped by three-run rallies in the third and fifth. Brittain, with two hits and two RBIs, led the way as Bevard also drove in a pair of runs. Barry, Vetter and Sean Beney scored two runs apiece as Vetter, Reichel and Gauthier each got one RBI.

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