CARDINALS (4-8-0) 1
ORIOLES (9-4-1) 6
Two pitchers combined to hold the Cardinals to five hits and help keep the Orioles atop the standings. Jared Drake went five innings in his fourth start of the season. He gave up zero runs on three hits, four walks and five strikeouts. He sports a 3-0 record and an ERA of 2.01. Matthew Adams gave up one run on two hits in his final two innings of relief. At the dish, Trey Brown (UMass-Lowell) , Jorge Oropeza (Finger Lakes CC) and Nick Nealon (Niagara County CC) led the Oriole offense with two hits apiece and combined for a run and RBI. Grant Rodriguez (Finger Lakes CC) and Dan Bowman each collected a hit, run scored and RBI. Devin Cannon crossed home twice and singled as well. The Orioles managed to string together a four-run fourth using multiple wild pitches and a Bowman single. For the Cardinals, Keith Vandyne smacked a pinch-hit RBI double in the sixth to push across Dylan Boprey (Houghton College) for the lone run. Jack Beauchamp (St. John Fisher) went 1-for-3 with a double and Jack Scanlon finished 1-for-2 with a single and a walk. Dan Tirabassi (University of Rochester) registered a hit and Boprey finished with one as well. Zach Morse threw two-and-a-third innings of relief. He allowed one hit, an unearned run, a walk and set down two on strikes.
DUCKS (4-8-0) 0
BLUE JAYS (9-5-0) 8
Ryan Smith (Finger Lakes CC) tossed a complete game one-hitter to keep the race for first place as tight as ever between the Blue Jays and Orioles. In his second start of the season Smith set down six batters on strikes and worked through 23 batters on 80 pitches. A single from Dylan Mackenzie (SUNY Cortland) in the fourth inning and a hit by pitch in the third were Smith’s only two blemishes in the ball game. Offensively, Michael Beimel (St. John Fisher) led the charge with three hits and three RBI in four at-bats. With it, his hit streak extends to seven games and his batting average improves to .421 on the season. Tim McClare (Finger Lakes CC) drove in two with a double and Tyler Curtis (Finger Lakes CC) contributed a hit, run scored and sac fly. DJ Berry went 1-for-2 with a RBI and two walks. Trevor Zewan and Jose Morales both singled, crossed home twice and combined for a RBI. George Finter also registered a hit and walk in the contest.
BLUE JAYS (8-5-0) 7
MONARCHS (4-5-1) 2
Five different players drove in a run and Ryan O’Mara threw six innings of two-run ball to lead the Blue Jays to victory. O’Mara rattled off four strikeouts in the first two innings and finished with nine over 28 batters faced. In the third, an error by the infield and two miscued pitches allowed two Monarch runs to score, unearned. O’Mara recovered with three strikeouts swinging in the fourth. He finished with seven hits against and one walk surrendered. DJ Berry and Mike Beimel (St. John Fisher) each had two hits for the Blue Jays. Berry scored three runs and swiped three bases while Beimel added a run and RBI with a double. Berry accounted for the Blue Jays’ 1-0 lead in the first after reaching first on a walk, stealing third and scoring on an error. The squad maintained the lead with two runs in the third, a run in the fifth and three in the sixth. Tyler Holmes (Hartford University) and Joe Thompson (Alfred State) both drove in a run on a sacrifice fly. Nolan Hicks chipped in with a run-scoring double and set down the final three batters on 13 pitches and a strikeout. Trevor Zewan collected a hit, run scored and RBI in the sixth inning. Tim McClare (Finger Lakes CC) finished 1-for-3 with a double and run scored as well.
For the Monarchs, Walker Wright led the offense with two hits including a double, one run scored and a RBI. Aidan Wallace went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly to left field. Jarod Signorelli, Frank Fernandes and Jourdan Plaisted (Elmira College) each had a hit in the contest. Jacob Carroll had a hit and run scored for the Monarchs as well.