When the Liverpool baseball team made its way back from a week of work in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it joined home-standing Cicero-North Syracuse in wondering if any sort of consistency could get hashed out.
The Warriors hosted Fayetteville-Manlius last Tuesday afternoon, and a poor start would doom them in a 7-5 defeat to the Hornets.
F-M got to Liverpool starting pitcher Nick Claver early, leading 3-0 after two innings, and used a three-run fourth inning to cushion itself against the Warriors’ late comeback attempt.
Josh Loeffler and Mike Hoalcraft both smashed home runs for the Hornets, with Loeffler adding two other hits and finishing with three RBIs. Hoalcraft also doubled and drove in two runs. Despite all that, Liverpool closed the gap to 6-5 with three runs in the sixth, but could not pull even.
Claver lasted six innings before Ryan Stott replaced him in the seventh. Don Pauldine and Rick Sisto both drove in two runs, while Luke Gilbert added an RBI. Liverpool lost despite 14 hits, three each by Sisto, Ben Terzini and Jason Schulz, who also scored a pair of runs.
C-NS lost again at home on a Monday, just as it had done to West Genesee a week earlier, this time seeing Auburn arrive at Gillette Field and knock off the Northstars 6-1.
Once the Maroons had scored three times in the second inning and twice more in the third, Jason Shandler was out, replaced by Ryan Nadeau, who went 4 1/3 innings in relief and calmed things down. Auburn’s Matt Brooks hit a home run, while Patrick LaDouce had a pair of RBIs.
Try as it could, the Northstars could not figure out Auburn pitcher Justin Valentino, who got nine strikeouts and gave up just five hits, two each from Mike Copani (who scored his team’s lone run in the sixth) and Justin Teague.