Well on its way to what looked like an easy victory over a neighbor and rival, the Baldwinsville baseball team got blindsided.
Liverpool, trailing by nine runs in the fourth inning of last Monday’s game, made up that entire deficit in just two innings, going on to stun the Bees in a 12-10 decision.
It was 0-0 when, in the top of the third inning, B’ville (who beat the Warriors 8-1 just 10 days earlier, on May 3) broke out for six runs off Liverpool starter Nick Claver. Andrew Dominic took over, but he gave up three runs in the fourth, and the Warriors trailed, 9-0, the game looking out of reach.
Kevin Carson, with two doubles and three RBIs, sparked B’ville’s early push. Nick Mirizio and Nick Borek each got two hits and two RBIs. Gage Blasi and Brett DeLola also drove in runs.
It was Don Pauldine providing the spark for the Warriors in the bottom of the fourth, catching a Kody Caestle pitch and crushing it well over the fence for a three-run home run. Fired up by that, the Warriors added four more runs in that inning to knock out Castle and make it 9-7.
And despite a B’ville run that made it 10-7 in the top of the fifth, Liverpool struck again in the bottom of the fifth off relievers John Mercurio and Billy Clifford.
Two more runs made it 10-9. Fittingly, Pauldine, who started the outburst, singled home the tying and go-ahead runs that put Liverpool in front 11-10, and the red-hot Warriors tacked on an insurance run, too.
Where once it stared at a one-sided defeat, now the Warriors had to protect a two-run lead. Spencer Powers, who had gone three-for-three at the plate, did so, working two innings in relief before Luke Gilbert pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save.