ICBL Wednesday: Butler fans 10 in complete-game shutout; Graham stays hot for the Wings

Chris Butler (Keuka) struck out 10 and hurled a complete game for his second win of the season. The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first with a pair of strike outs. He set down six of the next eight batters he faced and did not allow a runner past second over the last six innings. Butler retired 12 straight before surrendering a one-out single in the seventh. He has 20 strike outs in 14 innings of work this season.  In the bottom of the second, the Fish took advantage of five walks, an error and a hit by pitch to find the scoreboard first. Justin LoTemple (Alfred State), James Sciortino and Hayden Ewell (Southern New Hampshire) led off the inning with three walks. All three came around to score. Jorge Oropeza (Alfred State) and LoTemple had a single apiece in the game

Mike Jamele (Merrimack), Logan Martella-Tasick (Monroe CC) and Eric Gauer (Gordon) connected on a trio of one-out singles in the first inning to give the Lake Monsters their best threat of the game. Martella-Tasick threw one inning of relief and collected a pair of singles to lead the Lake Monsters. AJ Nestler (Finger Lakes CC) and Jarod Signorelli (Elmira) picked up a hit apiece. Christian Montanez (Roger Williams) threw two scoreless innings and reached base on Butler’s only walk in the second inning.

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After being named ICBL Player of the Week for June 3rd-9th, Justin Graham (St. John Fisher) for the Wings continued his hot streak with a 3-for-4 night against the Monarchs. As part of a four-run second inning, Graham belted a bases-clearing-double pacing the Wings to a 5-0 lead. The two-out hit was Graham’s first double of the season and his third extra base hit in four games. In two games this week, he’s gone 4-for-7, with three runs, five RBI and three stolen bases.

The Monarchs were able to scratch two runs across in the fifth but were cancelled out by three Wing runs in the next half inning. Taking advantage of the new pitcher, Graham singled to lead off the inning. Thomas Pasquale (St. John Fisher) plated Graham with his first triple of the year.

Ryan Hill (Monroe CC) led off the game with a two-bagger and extended his double streak to three games. He’s also scored a run in the past four, accounting for two against the Monarchs. After starting the season hitless in his first three games, Jacob Heredia (Monroe CC) went 2-for-2 and has a hit in each of his past three appearances. Stephen Edgett (St. John Fisher), Ben Martin (St. John Fisher), Pasquale and Hill each drove in a run apiece. Paul Morgan (Finger Lakes CC) earned his first win of the year with a complete-game five-hitter. Morgan struck out three, walked two and gave up two runs on just 68 pitches. His ERA is now at a 1.87 after four appearances.

William Porter (RIT) was the only Monarch to have a multi-hit game with two singles and an RBI. Shane Hake (Elmira), Marty Williams and Maxwell Yale (Allegheny) each had a hit as well.

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