That was one of just four hits the Northstars would get against Kaestle, who threw a complete game. So did Farabee, but in the bottom of the seventh Gage Blasi singled, and when Kevin Paul doubled into the gap, Blasi raced home with the decisive run.
Just before facing B’ville, the Northstars got an 8-1 win over Central Square, erasing an early 1-0 deficit by scoring twice in the bottom of the second and tacking on four more runs in the next two innings to take charge.
Jason Shandler pitched six innings, surrendering just two hits and striking out five. At the plate, Jesse Farabee singled, doubled and drove in three runs, with Owen Dziados and Josh Rodriguez each getting a pair of RBIs. Steve Kires also had an RBI as Nesci and Mike Copani both scored twice.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s week began with a 3-2 defeat to Syracuse East, a game where, trailing 2-0, it used single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to catch up, only to see East go back in front in the bottom of the fifth and hold on from there.
Nick Claver, in defeat, pitched a complete game, striking out six but giving up six hits and three walks, also earning an RBi at the plate. East ace Jeff Belge struck out 10 Warriors and held them to four hits, with Claver, Jason Schulz and Rick Sisto getting those hits.
Yet the Warriors turned around a day later and beat Syracuse West 7-1, doing most of the damage in the top of the fourth, when it batted around against West pitcher Hector Santa and produced six runs to expand upon an early 1-0 lead.
Don Pauldine hit a home run and finished with a pair of RBIs, while Schulz doubled twice and drove in three runs. Ben Terzini added an RBI as Luke Gilbert went the route on the mound, holding West to six hits and recording seven strikeouts.