NO. 3 BUCS (5-4) 3
NO.2 GINTS (4-5) 2 (8 innings)
Zachary Richards broke through with a one-out single in the top of the eight to plate Owen Cuba and send the Bucs to the 2022 Upstate Baseball League Championship game. Richards connected on a 3-2 pitch for an infield single to the right side to bring Cuba home from third. Cuba had an infield single of his own to leadoff the frame and advanced to second on a wild pitch before being sacrificed over by Joseph Presutti. Benjamin Horvath was credited with the win after retiring the final six batters in order. The right-hander struck out three and scattered one hit over the final two frames. With two outs in the fourth, Horvath tripled to centerfield to bring home Xander Rogers to make it a 2-1 game. Rogers stole second and advanced on a sacrifice bunt after walking in the frame. Presutti started on the hill and struck out five batters through six innings of four-hit ball. The hurler set down the final four batters in order and left the bases loaded in the sixth to keep it tied. Richards started the scoring in the first when he singled and came home on Ethan Light’s RBI-groundout.
For the Gints, Robert Meeks tied the game at two-all with a two-out double in the fourth to score Jaydan Ryrko. Jacob Natale started the game and struck out seven batters through six innings, allowing two hits. The 2021 Division II slugger of the year retired 15 of the final 18 batters faced after the game was tied in the top of the first, including the next seven in order at that point. Nathan Hill had a game-tying base hit to center field in the first to plate Ryrko, who finished with two hits. Ian Schmeer had a hit in the fourth. The Bucs advance to face the No. 4 Bombers on Monday in the championship game. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
NO.4 BOMBERS (4-5) 4
NO. 1 PALE HOSE (5-4) 2
Christian Morrison and Jack Salerno led a three-run sixth inning to seal a comeback victory to catapult the Bombers to the 2022 Upstate Baseball League title game. Morrison followed up a single by Derrick Allen by connecting for a base hit to centerfield to drive home Jacob DiCicco and tie the game at two-all. The Pal-Mac Raider scored thanks to Salerno’s sacrifice fly to make the score 4-2, after Allen advanced home on a passed ball for the lead. Allen earned the win in relief, striking out six batters and allowing six hits through the final four frames. The hurler retired five of the final seven batters faced and stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. Joey Baller opened the scoring in the fourth with a two-out single to left field to plate Morrison, who walked to begin the inning. Steven Kraus started and struck out six batters through three, scoreless innings of two-hit ball. The right-hander sat down the first five batters faced in order, retiring nine of 13.
For Pale Hose, Jacob Sova had a two-run double with two down in the bottom of the fourth to drive home Brady Prebalick and Shane Talbot to take the lead. Talbot and Prebalick went back-to-back for base hits with one out in the frame. Antonio Jorge started and struck out six batters and allowed three hits through five-plus innings. The Fairport Red Raider retired the first 15 of 19 batters faced. Liam Eshelman retired the side in order in the seventh with one strikeout. Talbot went 3-for-3, while Patrick Altpeter and Joey Guisto each had a hit. The Bombers will face the Bucs in Monday’s championship. A 5 p.m. first pitch is scheduled at Greece Olympia High School.