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J-D’s McKee throws no-hitter against Ludden

Red Rams win four times, blank defending champ Cortland

Heading toward the end of April, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa baseball teams both find themselves in strong form.

And at the end of a particularly good week, the Red Rams saw pitcher Chris McGee throw a no-hitter on Saturday afternoon in his team’s 13-0 shutout over Bishop Ludden.

McGee allowed three walks, but kept the Gaelic Knights hitless as he amassed 10 strikeouts, and had a large role in the run support, too, getting a single, double and triple and finishing with five RBIs while scoring three times.

All of this started in the bottom of the second inning, when J-D earned four runs. A five-run third and four-run fourth inning followed, with Xander Ferlenda hitting a home run and gaining three RBIs and Jimmy Sinopoli tripling and driving in three runs.

Two days earlier, the Rams made quite a statement when it went to Cortland and, led by Sam Crisalli’s strong effort on the mound, shut out the defending Class A champion Purple Tigers 3-0.

They were still at 0-0 when, in the top of the third inning, J-D got to Cortland pitcher Quinn Kennedy for all of its runs. McGee and John Werbowsky each earned an RBI as McGee, Alex Way and Tom Canfield crossed the plate.

Crisalli did the rest, constantly frustrating Cortland’s batters. He overcame four hits and two errors to strike out four, limiting the Purple Tigers to a single walk. Kennedy took the loss despite limiting J-D to six hits, three of them from McGree.

J-D also proved impressive in last Monday’s 11-1 victory over Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, taking over in a first inning where it batted around and scored six runs to chase Red Devils starter Zach Durant from the game.

McGee went four-for-five, driving in three runs. Crisalli managed two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs, while Jake Binder doubled and earned a pair of RBIs. Five Red Rams pitchers combined on a three-hit effort as Crisalli, McGee, Binder, Sinopoli and Kyle Naugle saw mound stints.

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