Perhaps the next time the Liverpool baseball team meets up with Cicero-North Syracuse, it won’t have to worry about Steven Theetge.
In two separate outings this season, Theetge has kept the rival Warriors off the board, doing so again last Thursday as the Northstars battled to squeeze out a 1-0 victory.
These same sides had met Apirl 17, and Theetge tossed six scoreless innings to help C-NS prevail 7-0. And now Theetge was seeing the Warriors again, opposed on the mound by Ryan Stott.
In the bottom of the first inning, A.J. Nesci reached base, and raced home when Justin Teague singled, neither side imagining that it would be the only run of the game.
Stott was superb for the Warriors, throwing a two-hit complete game where he surrendered four walks, but struck out two and got error-free defense behind him.
Usually, that’s a winning combination, but not with Theetge around. Even though Liverpool’s batters had seen him before and would manage seven hits, Theetge kept escaping, either with strikeouts (eight of them) or with solid defensive plays from his teammates.
Twice in the 2013 season, C-NS took on Baldwinsville– and won both games, a point of pride for the Northstars, especially when the Bees went on to take the state Class AA championship.
But when the two sides reunited last Tuesday afternoon, C-NS could not quite repeat that effort, taking a 2-1 defeat to B’ville in a game that remained in doubt until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Jessie Farabee took the mound for the Northstars and kept B’ville quiet until the bottom of the third inning, when Pat Dubiel’s RBI double scored Kevin Paul and put the Bees in front 1-0.
It stayed that way until the top of the fifth, C-NS unable to solve Bees pitcher Cody Kaestle, but in the fifth Jake McArdell sent a Kaestle pitch over the fence for a solo home run to tie it, 1-1.