A six-game win streak had the Baldwinsville baseball team feeling quite good, but as it entered its busiest – and toughest – stretch of the regular season, things got bumpy.
The win streak ended last Monday afternoon, when the Bees faced a Syracuse East side that had a 1-8 record, but still rose up and stunned B’ville 2-1.
For the most part, B’ville pitcher Ben Webb proved quite effective, going four innings and striking out four. But he gave up both of Syracuse West’s runs in the bottom of the second inning as Brian Nolan and Pat Burke drove them in.
Webb and reliever Mike Borek didn’t allow any more runs, but B’ville, trailing 2-0, got stymied as Nolan overcame seven Bees hits to constantly escape trouble.
Even with that, the Bees had a chance to catch up in the seventh, as Scott Blewett hit a solo home run to cut the deficit in half. But Nolan settled down and got the final outs.
Now B’ville had to turn around and, 24 hours later, host Cicero-North Syracuse, a team it lost to twice during last season’s state Class AA title run. Again, it proved close – but this time it was the Bees finishing on top, edging the Northstars by that same 2-1 margin.
Cody Kaestle, who had not yet won a varsity game, blanked C-NS until the top of the fifth, when Jake McArdell’s solo home run tied it, 1-1. To that point, the Bees’ only run had come in the third, when Pat Dubel doubled home Kevin Paul.
Kaestle and his C-NS counterpart, Jessie Farabee, maintained the 1-1 duel into the seventh. Pitching a complete game, Kaestle held the Northstars to four hits and no walks while striking out four.
Farabee, for his part, surrendered just six hits – but B’ville still got to him in the bottom of the seventh, and again Paul was in the middle of it. Blasi singled, and when Paul doubled into the gap, Blasi came all the way home to score the winning run.