Before and after the mid-week rains, the Baldwinsville baseball team played four times last week and won them all, thanks mostly to impressive pitching performances from Brett DeLola and Scott Blewett along the way.
It all started last Monday afternoon, when the Bees put together an impressive 2-0 shutout over Oswego. This was the first time these two sides had met since last May’s Section III Class AA final, and while there was plenty of new personnel on both sides, DeLola helped B’ville feel more comfort in its pitching options when Blewett isn’t on the mound.
DeLola gained early confidence when B’ville got to Oswego ace Ryan Lavner for runs in the first and third innings. Pat Dubiel scored both of those runs, one of them on Blewett’s single.
The Bees managed just six hits against Lavner, who struck out nine. But DeLola made that two-run lead stick, throwing a three-hit complete game as he only walked one and fanned eight Bucs hitters.
Then the rains struck, postponing Tuesday’s trip to Auburn, Wednesday’s visit from Fayetteville-Manlius and Thursday’s game against Syracuse East, creating further backup to the schedule.
At last, the second game with F-M took place Friday afternoon, just in time for Blewett to take his turn on the mound– and with the usual crowd of more than a dozen Major League scouts in attendance, Blewett delivered as the Bees blanked the Hornets 4-0.
Having pitched against the Hornets the week before (taking a no-decision), Blewett started a bit wild in this game, his fastball approaching 90 miles per hour, but then found control in the latter stages and, mixing in plenty of off-speed stuff, proceeded to keep F-M off the board.
In five innings of work, Blewett allowed two hits and struck out eight, ceding to Ben Webb in the sixth as Webb worked the last two innings in relief.