Joe McIntyre (North Carolina A&T) led a fourteen-hit attack and Blair Veenema (U of R) pitched six strong as the Webster Yankees defeated the Bolivar A’s 7-3. The win comes on the heels of a heart-breaking, extra-inning loss at Hornell and halts a two-game slide for the Yanks.
Webster established early that it would challenge Bolivar.
McIntyre led off the second being hit by a Brad Schnepp (Anderson) slider. Josh Johnson (Toledo) followed an opposite-field rope into the right field corner. McIntyre never stopped and beat the errant relay throw from A’s second baseman, Alex Rehnstrom (North Iowa). Rob Lawler’s (Pitt) ground ball to the right side of the infield scored Johnson, and Webster led 2 to 1.
Gary Helmick (Towson) singled to start the fifth. One out later Nelson Santos (North Carolina A&T) walked. Then McIntyre drilled a shot into the left center-field gap for a double. Both Santos and Helmick scored on the play.
That would be all Veenema and company would need. The left-hander struck out five while allowing six hits and two runs for his second win of the season. Veenema pitched seven and a third last week but didn’t get the decision in Webster’s extra-inning win over Brockport.
Chris Coleman (Niagara) struck out two and gave up one run in two innings of work.
Bryan Gardner (Ithaca) worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season.
The Yanks added some insurance runs in the seventh and eighth. With McIntyre on second Lawler cranked a first-pitch fastball over the 375 sign in left center. The bomb was Lawler’s second of the season.
McIntyre finished the game three for four with two runs scored and two runs batted in. The native of Fuquay-Varina leads the league with forty hits and fifty-five total bases.
Helmick walked to lead the eighth, stole second and scored on Johnson’s two-out single.
Adam Perlo (Monroe) and Dan Bertolini (Mercyhurst) each had a pair of base raps.
Webster improves to nine wins and fourteen losses going into the All-Star break. More importantly the win sends the Yanks into the second half on a positive note.
Less than twenty-four hours after surrendering a seven to one lead the road-weary Yanks showed their mettle in recovering for today’s victory. Jamie Walczak’s (Mercyhurst) walk-off single in the bottom of the twelfth led Hornell to victory over the Yanks 8-7. Sunday, Webster lost at Allegany County to the first-place Nitros by a score of 4-3.
“We keep coming to the yard and doing our job,” said Coach Mike Kelly. “That’s all I can ask.”
Gardner, McIntyre, and Mark Stuckless will represent Webster Friday at the NYCBL All-Star game in Amsterdam, New York. Shuttleworth Park will host the event. Batting practice will begin at 4:30 with a home run derby to follow at 5:30.
Webster’s next game is Saturday against Geneva. First pitch is set for 1pm.