Once these games were done, the waiting began. Rainouts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday gave credence to Section III’s decision to push back the last day of the regular season from May 17 to 20, giving everyone a chance to fit in as many games as possible.
But it dried up in time for a busy weekend, which commenced on Friday with Liverpool facing Auburn its way to a 3-2 victory over the Maroons.
A first-inning run got the Warriors in front, but it needed to score twice in the fifth to give itself a cushion. Sisto blasted a home run and earned two RBIs, while Tom Karins drove in the other run.
On the mound, Pauldine persevered through 10 Auburn hits and single runs by the Maroons in the fifth and seventh, earning the complete game by limiting the Maroons to one walk while recording four strikeouts.
With little turnaround, the Warriors had to go face defending state Class AA champion Baldwinsville on Saturday afternoon and lost, 8-1, to the Bees.
Liverpool missed having to face B’ville’s highly-touted ace, Scott Blewett, who had pitched the day before and shut out F-M 4-0, but it had a hard time with the guy who was on the mound, Brett DeLola, managing just six hits against the Bees’ hurler, who struck out eight.
Still, Sisto’s RBI single gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead in the third. But B’ville got to Bobby Zywicki for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take charge and added a four-run sixth for a further cushion. Mike Borek led the Bees, going three-for-three with three RBIs.
Meanwhile, C-NS, who would get its own shot at B’ville on Tuesday, survived a tense 1-0 duel with Syracuse West thanks to another outstanding effort on the mound from ace Steven Theetge.
Getting his third straight shutout, Theetge limited West to two hits, striking out six without allowing a walk. West pitcher Nate Boughton nearly matched him, but gave up a run in the bottom of the second as Jake McArdell drove home Steve Kires.