Tags: BaseballJ_EMarcellusSknaeatelesSolvayWesthill Each of the area’s high school baseball teams within the Onondaga High School League Liberty division has experienced plenty of ups and downs this spring, and consistency has proven elusive.Westhill entered the second half of its regular season at 6-4, but made a loud statement last Wednesday afternoon when it went to Marcellus and whipped the Mustangs 13-2.It didn’t start out lopsided. Despite two runs in the first inning and another in the third, the Warriors were nearly caught when Marcellus scored twice in the bottom of the third, Aiden Shea and Jacob Walters driving in the runs. Aside from Antonio Gonzalez driving home Owen Lansing in the bottom of the fourth, Mustangs pitcher Jack Flynn kept Solvay quiet, holding them to three hits and striking out five while walking four. Gonzalez took the loss.As that went on, Westhill routed Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 18-2, with Nick Bistrovich recording three RBIs as part of a well-balanced lineup. Five others – King, Zollo, Bennett, Herne and Justin Bistrovich – had two RBIs apiece.All three of these teams would lose on Saturday – Westhill shut out 4-0 by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, all of the Red Devils’ runs coming in the fifth inning, three of them driven home by Blake VanDreason’s double.As that went on, Solvay and Marcellus both lost close decisions to Christian Brothers Academy as the Brothers rallied past the Bearcats 3-2 and topped the Mustangs 5-2Solvay had Alex Gallardo and Carter Lee each get two hits, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning and then netting a run in the seventh to break out of a 1-1 tie. But CBA answered by tying it again and winning on Kent Wilson’s RBI single.Marcellus had Brody Shanahan and Jack Flynn score first-inning runs, but the 2-0 lead didn’t hold as, again, CBA rallied, tying it with single runs in the third and fifth before Jason Boule’s bases-clearing double in the sixth off Walters, pitching in relief of Jared Sammon, decided the game.Back on Wednesday, Solvay claimed a tough 4-3 win over Homer. A three-run first inning had the Bearcats in front, but the Trojans scored twice in the third and again in the fifth to tie it, 3-3, only to have Solvay regain the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth.Gallardo and McKyle Sands each hit home runs, combining for three RBIs as Robby Clark also drove in a run. Blaine Franklin and Ethan Bigelow pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after Sands started.And after the loss to CBA, Solvay went to Jordan-Elbridge and handled the Eagles 12-2, scoring four times in the first time and then breaking it open with an eight-run sixth inning. Gallardo, with three hits, led the way as 10 different Bearcats drove in a run.J-E had returned to action last Monday and lost, 5-1, to Port Byron/Union Springs, who scored twice in the first inning and then added three runs in the third on hits from Kyle Bailey and Caleb Roden.No one had scored a run on PB/US until the Eagles did so in the top of the sixth, Sean Dristle’s double bringing home Nate Melfi. Yet that was all J-E could manage as Carson Ashby pitche 3 1/3 innings and took the loss, with relief help from Dristle and Ryan Rivenburg.In Thursday’s 2-0 defeat to Homer, the Eagles’ Jordan Osborn traded zeroes with Trojans pitcher Jed Brazo until the Trojans scored twice in the bottom of the sixth. Brazo held J-E to five hits, two of them from Rivenburg, and struck out 11. Osborn had six strikeouts.Also on Thursday, Skaneateles returned to action and shut out Hannibal 10-0 in five innings, James Musso and Cregg Scherrer sharing the pitching duties as they combined to strike out 11 Warrior batters.A four-run third inning and five-run fifth inning accounted for most of the Lakers’ production. Jimmy Liberatore had three RBIs, with Jon Niehbuhr driving in a pair of runs as Nate Wellington added an RBI.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story From there, though, Philip Zollo settled down and, along with reliever Jack Knapp, blanked the Mustangs the rest of the way, the help arriving in the form of five-run rallies in the fifth and seventh innings.Ben Coates hit a home run and finished with four RBIs. Nate King and Jake Zawadzki each had three hits, with King, Ryan Bennett and Adam Herne driving in two runs apiece. Zollo scored three runs and Walker Blossey added an RBI.Marcellus recovered from this on Thursday in a big way by defeating Solvay 4-1, getting all the runs it needed when it scored twice in the first and third innings, with Shea scoring twice as he, along with Walters and Ryan Worden, drove in the runs.
Facebook Twitter Google+ On Monday, Sammy Fernandez’s three hits and three runs powered the Orange in its 4-2 victory over Cornell.Two days prior, Rachel Burkhardt’s last-gasp heroics saved Syracuse against North Carolina, as the senior’s walk-off solo-shot was the sole run in a 1-0 win.Both Alexa Romero and AnnaMarie Gatti allowed three hits or fewer in shutout performances when SU swept North Carolina State two weekends ago.Recently, it has taken stellar individual performances to drag the Orange to victory. That trend continued on Wednesday, as Alicia Hansen powered both RBI as Syracuse (30-19, 9-12 Atlantic Coast) downed Colgate (11-29, 6-9 Patriot), 2-0, on a gloomy night at Skytop Softball Stadium as SU closed out its regular season. Game two of the doubleheader was cancelled after three-and-a-half innings due to rain.“Softball’s one of those things where you just can’t dictate who’s gonna have the opportunity when the game is on the line,” head coach Mike Bosch said. “We need to have (batters) one through nine having that mindset that it’s going to be their opportunity, their time to get it done.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe victory marked 10 of 11 for Syracuse, which will head to Atlanta, Georgia, in the coming days for the ACC tournament, which begins on May 9. While SU has garnered success from individual standout games of late, it knows it will take a collective, balanced effort to prosper in the postseason.On Wednesday, Syracuse followed suit to another one of its recent trends: scoring early. In three of its last five contests prior to Wednesday, the Orange scored at least two runs in the first inning en route to victory. Hansen was the provider of such runs against Colgate, as the junior helped build a lead in the first two innings that SU never gave up.To open the bottom of the first, Fernandez tripled down the right field line to give the home team its 21st triple of the season, the joint-second best clip in Division I. Hansen, the next batter, blooped a single to left field, which dropped well short of Colgate left fielder Olivia LaQua. Fernandez scored from third with ease, giving SU an early one-run advantage.“It’s a lot easier to know you’re going into something with the lead and you have breathing room,” Gatti said. “The bats were alive, they were kind of silent after that. But that gives me a lot of breathing room because we know they’re there for the day.”Just as she did in her two starts versus North Carolina State, Gatti was dominant once Syracuse jumped out to an early lead. The senior pitched her third consecutive complete game at home, a mark she failed to reach in any of her first 17 starts of the season. After allowing a double to Meghan Romero in the top of the first, Gatti retired 16-straight hitters over a 5 1/3 inning span.The Orange’s sent six batters to the plate in the first and did the same in the second inning. Neli Casares-Maher, who returned after missing the last 13 games, walked to open the inning. Colgate pitcher Kyle Griswold proceeded to walk SU’s next two batters, Michala Maciolek and Fernandez, before Hansen stepped up with the bases loaded.The junior hit a high pop-up to center field, where it was caught by Colgate’s Mia Guevarra a couple of feet from the warning track. Guevarra opted not to fling the ball home, allowing Casares-Maher to trot in peacefully from third for Syracuse’s second run in as many innings.“We’re a team that can rely on every person to do their job,” Hansen said. “We can just work on little things. That means just base hits, advancing runners. Everyone can contribute to that.”As the final four-and-a-half innings progressed, zero after zero appeared on the scoreboard. Neither team had a runner advance past second base, as Gatti, Griswold and Colgate relief pitcher Jessica Hay tamed the opposing side. The ball rarely reached the outfield as each pitcher consistently forced ground balls that both sets of infielders dealt with routinely.Although SU’s current production on offense has led to wins, Bosch believes that is not the formula for success in its potential matchup against any of the ACC’s top teams. It will need contributions from more than just one or two players, including the bottom half of the lineup, something Bosch emphasized.“You’ve seen various people in the lineup do that,” Bosch said about SU’s recent reliance on individual performances. “You get to the 7-8-9 hitters in the order in the bottom of the seventh, we’re gonna need those people to win it. We can’t turn the lineup over and get to Sammy, Alicia or Bryce.” Comments Published on May 2, 2018 at 10:05 pm Contact David: email@example.com