Fairport strikes early, beats Rush-Henrietta

By PAUL GOTHAM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Chris Rizzolo capped a four-run second inning, and the Fairport Raiders outlasted Rush-Henrietta, 6-4 in Monroe County League action, Friday.

Rizzolo’s two-out single through the right side of the infield off Rush-Henrietta starter, Mitchell Hoffower, drove in Jake Rugaber and Chad Riorden to give Fairport a 4-1 lead.

“The lefty we were facing he had a great arm, and he was throwing a lot of pitches I had seen him in the at bat before,” Rizzolo said. “I knew he was going to come at me with his curveball. I was expecting it in a two-strike count and I got it through.”

TJ Lucey led the inning with a base on balls. One out later, Tim Gaudioso delivered a hit-and-run infield single. An error put runners on the corners.

“It was fastball down the middle, and I was thinking just put it in play,” Gaudioso said. “It worked and moved the runner to third.”

Sam Gueli followed with an RBI base hit, and Rugaber doubled home Gaudioso.

“When we get our leadoff guy on, more things can happen,” Fairport coach Brian Reed commented. “We can move runners which creates holes which guys can take advantage of, and they did.”

Connor Ewing tossed 4.2 innings for the win. The right-hander struck out allowed two runs on seven hits. He struck out two and walked.

“He threw very well,” Reed noted. “I would have loved to have had him keep going, but it just got to a pitch count. That’s it. We’re going to protect a guy. We’re going to save their arms. It got to that point.”

Fairport added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth. Gaudioso singled through the right side to start the frame. Gueli put runners on the corners with a base hit to right center. Gaudioso came home on Rugaber’s sacrifice fly. Gueli scored when Mike Sabatine reached on an error.

“We’ve had a couple losses here,” Reed noted. “We got ourselves rolling again with this win. It was one we needed.”

Rush-Henrietta’s Hoffower struck out two and walked two over five and a third innings of work.

“He was coming back on three days’ rest,” Comets coach Bill Rasmussen said. “He did exactly what we needed him to do. We were just hoping we would get five solid innings out of him and give ourselves a chance later in the game. He did that. When you get jammed up with five games in a week like this, guys have got to be able to do that. He did everything we asked him to do.”

A pair of Fairport errors led to one R-H run in the seventh. Hunter Barber singled home another.

Lucey came on in relief for Fairport and stranded the tying run at first with a strike out to end the game.

“When we have good pitching, everything is rolling,” Gaudioso said. “When we get the sticks, it just works out even better.”

Gueli finished 2-for-2 with two walks.

Rugaber was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Barber led R-H with three hits in four trips to the plate with two RBI.

Fairport improved to 6-3 with the win.

R-H fell to 5-3.

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