ICBL Saturday: Capital City takes two

In his second start of the season Derek Zwolinski went the distance for the Capital City Reds, striking out 10 and only allowing one run to end the Lake Monsters’ win streak at five games. Before giving up his first run of the year in the sixth, Zwolinski had held the Monsters to two hits while only walking one.

Erik Gauer (Gordon) picked up his third home run of the season on a solo shot to right to erase the shutout in the sixth.


In the third, the Reds were given three runs on four walks and two hit batsmen to bring the score to 4-0. Tyler Smith (Monroe CC) entered the game in relief for the Monsters with no outs and the bases loaded. After hitting a batter on his first pitch, Smith cruised through the next six batters on 13 pitches.


The Reds finally showed some resistance in the sixth when Michael Morgan and Ryan Burnside both reached base on singles. With one out, Tucker Criswell picked up three RBI on an inside the park homerun to extend the Reds’ lead to 7-0.

Morgan was the only player to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Burnside also scored two runs and has now reached base in nine straight games. Levi Pellett picked up a single but drove in two on a walk and hit by pitch. Marcus Sanchez and Junior Malinoski both picked up RBI’s on free passes as well. All but two batters in the Reds lineup reached base via walks in the game.

Ryan Ballard (Tompkins Cortland CC), Christian Montanez (Roger Williams), Jake Webb (Finger Lakes CC) and Tyler Coy picked up one hit apiece in the losing effort.

Three Capital City Reds pitchers combined for the shutout. Starter Jacob Williams threw the first five innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six, five of them looking. Anthony Kingsbury and Corben Peters closed out the final two innings with two strikeouts and one hit allowed.

For the second game in a row the Reds jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the first. After Michael Morgan led off the bottom half with a double, Burnside drove him in on a sacrifice fly to give the Reds a lead it would not surrender.

Later, David Ezra picked up the biggest hit of the game in the fourth by tripling in Malinoski and crossing home plate in the same play for a little league homerun. Ezra finished 1-for-1 on the day with a run scored, two RBI’s and a walk.

Starting pitcher for the Wings, Cooper Crunick (SUNY Binghamton), struck out six, gave up five hits and three runs over six innings of work.


Ben Beauchamp (Albany) went 1-for-2 with a walk and Jacob Heredia (Monroe CC) singled. Stephen Edgett (St. John Fisher) and Jake Webb each picked up a hit as well.


Criswell and Malinoski both singled in the game while Ethan Hunt finished 1-for-3 and picked up his first hit of the weekend for the Reds.

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