Right now, Skaneateles pitching aces Cregg and Tommy Scherrer are finding that their biggest competition is each other.
Having shut down OHSL Liberty division powerhouse Westhill the week before, Cregg Scherrer ventured to Solvay last Tuesday and did the exact same thing to the defending Section III Class B champions as the Lakers beat the Bearcats 8-0.
That was difficult to top – but Tommy Scherrer did so at home a day later with a no-hitter against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown as part of a 6-0 decision that was the team’s fifth consecutive shutout.
Cregg Scherrer went first, and dazzled. Only by reaching the pitch count limit with two outs in the seventh inning was Scherrer kept from a complete game. But in the 6 2/3 innings leading up to that point, he limited Solvay to two hits – an Owen Lansing double and Jordan Goldman single – and struck out 12.
Skaneateles got to Solvay ace Jake Dippold for a single run in his three-inning start, and then kept adding to that margin against relievers McKyle Sands and Mason Sands until a four-run seventh inning put the game away.
Adam Lupo’s solo home run highlighted a three-for-three effort where he drove in four of the Lakers’ runs. Michael Murphy had a double and RBI, scoring twice as Josh McCabe also scored two runs. Jake Reed and Tommy Scherrer had one RBI apiece.
Having seen what his younger brother did, Tommy Scherrer got set to face APW – and managed something even Cregg could not match, at least not yet, in 2017.
Other than a single error, no Rebels batter reached base. Tommy Scherrer did not walk anyone or hit anyone, and also did one better than Cregg thanks to his total of 13 strikeouts.
What helped Scherrer relax was having the Lakers score five times in the bottom of the second. Reed, the only Skaneateles batter to get two hits, and Kyler Viggiano each had two RBIs, while McCabe and Murphy also drove in runs.
Both the win streak, and the shutout streak, for Skaneateles got halted in Thursday’s 7-1 defeat to Jordan-Elbridge, who was quite glad not to face the Scherrer brothers and showed that pleasure by putting together two-run rallies in three of the first four innings.
Jordan Osborn led the Eagles, both on the mound by pitching a complete game and by getting three hits at the plate and earning two RBIs from a first-inning single that put J-E ahead for good. Dan Kuenhle also had three hits, scoring twice as Reed had two hits and a walk for the Lakers, whose lone run came when McCabe raced home on a botched pick-off attempt in the third inning.