ICBL Tuesday: Montanez slam highlights Lake Monsters rally; Faynor paces Wings comeback

Christian Montanez hurled a scoreless inning of relief and connected on a grand slam to lead the Lake Monsters.

Christian Montanez (Roger Williams) hit a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to put the Lake Monsters to cap a furious comeback. Montanez drove in Nate Sanderson (Hilbert), AJ Nestler (Finger Lakes CC) and Evan Newkirk (Castleton) for four of his team’s seven runs in the inning.

Newkirk drove in Evan Signorelli (Elmira) the batter before to cut the Lake Monsters’ to three. Following Montanez’s home run, Nicolas Fiore (SUNY Fredonia) and Signorelli each knocked in one run to cap off the seven-run sixth inning.

Before the explosive frame, the Monarchs dominated. Patrick Bigham (SUNY Fredonia) opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning. Tyler Broderick (Keuka) and Thomas Amuso (RIT) each collected an RBI in the third to extend the lead to 3-0. The next inning, Tyler Broderick hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and Jeff Wilson smacked a two-run single to open up a large lead for the Monarchs.


The Lake Monsters’ scoring started in the top of the fourth inning when they were down 3-0. Tyler Coy scored on a wild pitch to pull his team within two at that point. Montanez scored on a wild pitch in the next inning to cut the Monarchs’ lead to 6-2.

In addition to hitting the go-ahead home run, Montanez also got the win on the mound. He threw one scoreless inning in relief and walked two batters but also struck out two. Anthony Roides (Alfred State) finished the game off and picked up the save for the Lake Monsters, throwing two scoreless innings, while allowing two hits and punching out two. Ryan O’Mara (Niagara) and Anthony Kanaval (Genesee CC) were the first two pitchers of the game for the Lake Monsters and each gave up three runs in three innings and one inning, respectively.


Quin Ignaszak (Finger Lakes CC) started for the Monarchs and threw two scoreless frames. Ignaszak gave up two hits but struck out four. Kole Brink (SUNY Fredonia) followed Ignaszak and also went two innings, surrendering an unearned run on one hit and three walks.

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John Faynor’s (Genesee CC) two-run triple in the top of the fifth inning lifted the Wings to a comeback victory. With his team down 6-5, Faynor’s triple drove in the second and third runs in a four-run frame for the Wings.

In addition to Faynor’s heroics, Thomas Pasquale (St. John Fisher) and Colin Coykendall (Monroe CC) each drove in a run in the fifth for the Wings. Pasquale’s RBI triple made him the tying run when Faynor delivered.

Justin Graham (St. John Fisher) and the Wings started the scoring in the top of the first with an RBI single. Jacob Heredia (Monroe CC) also drove in Ryan Hill (Monroe CC) to give the Wings a 2-0 advantage before the Flyin’ Fish took a turn at bat.


The Flyin’ Fish answered with four runs in the bottom half of the first. Andrew Bailey had an RBI single and later himself on a wild pitch. The other two runs were driven in on a single by Zachary Carpin (Clarkson).

The Wings tied the game with a run in the top of the third and fourth innings. Hill stole home on a first-and-third play in the third and Frankie Santiago Colon (Finger Lakes CC) drove in a run in the fourth on a fielder’s choice.

The Flyin’ Fish yet again responded with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth to retake a 6-4 lead. Carpin delivered again, this time with an RBI double, then Aaron Shoemaker (Finger Lakes CC) drove Carpin in on a fielder’s choice. That set up the four-run fifth from the Wings.


Paul Morgan (Finger Lakes CC) got the start on the mound for the victors and went four innings, giving up all six runs on six hits and two walk. Morgan also recorded five strikeouts. Hill, Stephen Edgett (St. John Fisher) and Graham all threw one scoreless inning in relief for the Wings, with each of them recording one strikeout.

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