ICBL Sunday: Teska notches fifth win of the season; Snow Cats clinch ICBL West

David Bermudez. (Photo: SUE KANE)

FLYIN FISH (6-12) 3
BLUE JAYS (11-7) 6

Alec Teska. (Photo: SUE KANE)

Owen VanNewkirk (Misericordia College) went two-for-two at the plate, doubled, and collected two RBI and a run scored in the Blue Jays win. The Jays sit two games behind the division-leading Monarchs in the ICBL East Division. Patrick Bigham (Fredonia) contributed three RBI to the Blue Jays offensive effort. Tyler Homes (Hartford) tallied one RBI. Trent Wasserman (Niagara CCC) and Shane Hake (Elmira) recorded a hit apiece.

Jays starter Alec Teska (St. John Fisher) struck out eight in a complete-game effort to notch his league-leading fifth win of the season.  The six-foot righty allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk.

Flyin Fish starter Patrick Xander (PSU) fanned three over five innings, while walking four and allowing six runs on five hits. Austin Miller struck out three in relief and walked one in his single inning on the mound. Dylan Mackenzie (Cortland) tallied a run and an RBI, Ryan Ballard (TCCC) and Ryan Demitrovic (Alfred State) earned a run each, and Jarod Signorelli (Elmira) collected an RBI for the Flyin Fish.

BLUE JAYS (11-8) 4
SNOW CATS (15-3) 11
James Cronin (St. Lawrence) and Allen Murphy (St. John Fisher College) collected a home run and three RBI apiece as the Snow Cats extend their win streak to nine games. Murphy scored twice while Cronin crossed home once.

Mark Trotta (William and Mary) tripled and tallied two runs and an RBI. Buzz Shirley (Ithaca) went two-for-two at the plate and slugged a double with two runs and an RBI. Branden Myers (St. Bonaventure) also doubled, hitting his fourth of the season. He nabbed a run and an RBI. Zach Morrison (FLCC), Gil Merod (Ithaca), and Lachlan Charles (Cornell) scored a run apiece. Morrison earned an RBI as well.

Winning pitcher Jack Leahy (RIT) fanned eight and four runs on six hits and over seven innings.

Owen VanNewkirk (Misericordia College) and Shane Hake (Elmira) both doubled for the Blue Jays. VanNewkirk had one RBI and Hake had two.

SNOW CATS (16-3) 6
ORIOLES (5-12) 1
Now on a 10-game win streak, the division-leading Snow Cats sit five games ahead of the second-place Cardinals to clinch the ICBL West Division title.  Patrick Blackall (RIT), the Snow Cats’ six-foot-one infielder who leads the league in RBI (17) and has drive in at least one in each of his past eight games, collected two more RBI against the Orioles.

Gil Merod (Ithaca) went two-for-two and collected two RBI. Mark Trotta (William and Mary) and Branden Myers (St. Bonaventure) had an RBI apiece, and Trotta tallied two runs. Buzz Shirley (Ithaca), Allen Murphy (St. John Fisher), James Cronin (St. Lawrence), and David Bermudez (Rider U) earned a run each.

Starter Garrett Bell (Ithaca) earned his first win, pitching six innings and fanning five batters. He allowed three hits and one run. Closer Rojo Prarie struck out two batters in the final inning.

Tyler Henshaw and Troy Leibert (Niagara CCC) split the mound duties for the Orioles, pitching four and three innings respectively. Henshaw held the Snow Cats to one run and struck out four batters. Leibert allowed five runs and struck out two. Maxx Countryman (FLCC) scored the lone run for the Orioles. Philip Ferranti (Mercyhurst) collected the RBI.

ORIOLES (6-12) 6
DP GREEN (1-16) 1
Maxx Countryman hurled four shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season. The right-hander scattered four hits and needed 38 pitches, 35 for strikes, to get the first 12 outs of the game. Sean Flannery (Monroe CC) paced the offense going 2-for-4 on the night with an RBI and a run scored in a three-run fifth when the Orioles took a commanding lead. Leading 2-0, Jonathan Catapano (Grand Valley State) started the rally with a two-out walk. Phil Ferranti (Mercyhurst University) followed with a base on balls before Flannery singled to bring in the first run of the frame. Ferranti and Flannery both scored on wild pitches. Jack Scanlon (Washington and Jefferson) singled and scored a run. Dylan Boprey (Houghton) walked twice and crossed home. Jorge Oropeza (Alfred State) walked and scored. Dan Bowman (Monroe CC) hurled a scoreless inning of relief.

Preston Prince finished 3-for-3 to pace the Green offense. Zach Prior went 2-for-3 with a run scored. DJ Stoianovich singled and drove in a run.

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