DeWitt The first inning of Wednesday afternoon's much-anticipated match-up between long-time rivals Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy heavily foreshadowed what was to come in the game.
While the Red Rams were unable to get on the board, the Brothers did - five times, and went from there to a 13-5 victory, avenging a 7-2 defeat to J-D back on April 10.
With one out in the top of the first, J-D's Xander Ferlenda singled, but he was thrown out at second base. By contrast, CBA came out of the starting gates with a bang, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first with hits from Tom Benz, Tim Corapi, Mike Trasolini, and Webb Little.
After a scoreless second inning, J-D showed, in the top of the third, that hope was still alive. Tom Canfield singled, as did Ferlenda, and Paul Fitzgibbons brought home Canfield with an RBI single. Moments later, Sam Crisalli took CBA pitcher Webb Little deep for a three-run home run, cutting the Rams' deficit to a single run, 5-4.
In the bottom of the third, Crisalli walked Trasolini. Two batters later, Conor Gollegy ripped a hit to center, allowing Trasolini to score and extend the Brothers' lead back to 6-4.
Despite Chris McGee's' double in the fourth, Webb Little escaped trouble. Then his twin brother, Sam, led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run, and Crisalli was taken out for Jimmy Sinopoli, but CBA got another run off him.
Now trailing 8-4, the Rams stranded two more runners in the top of the fifth despite singles from Fitzgibbons and Crisalli, and in the bottom of the fifth the Brothers would put the game away.
Capozzi opened with a single, and came around to score on Brad VanPatten's single. Sam Little reached base and stole second, and then Benz doubled to clear the bases and score three more runs.
J-D’s Kyle Naugle was brought in to pitch, but Benz stole third base and scored off a single by Spinoso, making it 13-4. Despite a run in the seventh produced by three hits (including a Crisali double and Jake Binder RBI single), the Rams went quietly as Webb Little finished a complete-game effort.
CBA now has an overall record of 10-2 and has won nine straight games. J-D saw its own eight-game win streak halted, but still sits at 10-3 overall.