Liverpool For a while in his second start of the season, Cicero-North Syracuse baseball pitcher Steven Theetge was facing the same situation with which he had little control over - namely, giving his team a superb performance on the mound, but not getting rewarded for it.
But Theetge's Northstars teammates finally offered the junior left-hander ample support in the fifth and sixth innings of Thursday's game at Liverpool, leading to a 7-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Warriors.
As these two neighbors and rivals clashed, Liverpool carried a 4-0 record, and had a solid right-hander of its own, Nick Claver, ready to go against Theetge, whose first start was a 1-0 defeat to Oswego a week earlier at Gillette Field.
All through the first four innings, Theetge and Claver kept it 0-0 in different manners. Theetge, mixing fastball and off-speed pitches, struck out seven and gave up just two hits, while Claver coaxed eight ground balls and only struck out one, limiting the Northstars to a lone infield hit.
What turned things around was the Warriors' struggles on the defensive end, as three errors in the top of the fifth led to four runs that put C-NS in front for good.
One of those errors got Steve Kires on base with one out. After Kires stole second, Anthony Spataro got Liverpool's first single that reached the outfield, which scored Spataro.
After a single and force play, Jesse Farabee, with runners on first and second and two out, hit a hard ground ball to third. Liverpool's Jason Schulz had made two terrific plays prior to that point, but this liner glanced off Schulz's glove, allowing a run to score. Then Justin Teague's fly ball glanced off the glove of a diving Michael Wright in center field, bringing home two more runs.
Now up 4-0, the Northstars drove Claver from the game in the sixth with three more runs, two of them coming home on Spataro's double. Mike Copani, called up from the JV ranks earlier in the week, added a run-scoring single.