CBA Baseball Ready to Defend Class A Division Title – Eagle News Online
CENTRAL NEW YORK – After playing on Class B teams for most of the spring, the Christian Brethren Academy The baseball team will attempt to do what it accomplished in 2021 – namely, to move up and win the Division III Class A championship.
The CBA was particularly impressive last Tuesday at Westhill, rallying with some power and a solid shot to claim an 8-3 win over the Warriors.
A three-run third inning by Westhill erased an early 2-0 lead, but the Brothers got pitchers Mike Madigan and Ryan Campbell for five runs in the top of the fifth to go ahead for good.
Teck Nash provided a long solo homer as Luke Boule and Jack Landau each had two RBIs. Louis Percival doubled twice as he, along with Nate Smith and Ethan Harris, drove in single runs. Boule, other than the third inning, kept Westhill off the board in 6 1/3 innings, striking out nine.
On Thursday, the CBA shut out Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 10-0 as Smith limited the Rebels to four hits while racking up 12 strikeouts, also resulting in a run at home plate. Percival and Tom Leskoske each had two runs as single RBIs went to Nash, Ryan Petrie and Gerald Vielhauer.
Then the CBA routed Oswego 17-6 on Saturday, improving to 14-4 overall. Smith tripled, scored two runs and had five RBIs, while Jack Landau hit a home run as he, along with Nash, Matt Landau and Will Harrigan, had two runs apiece.
Jamesville DeWitt stumbled last Wednesday in an 11-9 loss to Fulton, made worse by leading 9-2 in three innings before the Red Raiders ran singles in the next two innings and then scored three times in the sixth and four times in the seventh.
Before he collapsed, Jake Ogata had doubled and made three runs, while Matt Sweeney had a pair of RBIs. Dante Santos, Eamon Giblin and Carter King each had an RBI.
Another close loss followed on Saturday, with JD beaten 4-3 by Auburn in eight innings. The Rams led 2-1, trailed 3-2 and tied the top seven before the Maroons won it an innings later. King tripled, singled and threw a run, with AJ Sumida adding an RBI.
Fayetteville-Manlius lost a close 2-1 decision in eight innings to Syracuse City last Tuesday afternoon, the game was decided when Colin Murphy scored on Joey Ilacqua’s single in the top of the eighth.
Prior to that, Syracuse had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning, which pitcher Calvin Atkinson held until the Hornets, late in the fifth, tied it when Chris Hoalcraft scored after one of his two hits.
Colin Mott pitched seven innings for FM, striking out five and allowing just four hits before Sam Kuss took over in the eighth. Murphy pitched two relief innings to win it for Syracuse.
FM then fell 4-0 to West Genesee on Wednesday, held to three hits by Wildcats pitching ace Ryan Klementowski, who helped his team avenge a loss to the Hornets six days earlier. Kuss, Robert Mason and Tom Woodridge had the hits as Max Danaher pitched and took the loss.
In Thursday’s 7-3 loss to Cicero-North Syracuse, Hornets pitcher Max Werde gave up six runs late in the first and FM couldn’t recover, despite getting two hits and an RBI by Ethan Powell.
FM broke the skid on Friday by beating Liverpool 9-5, thanks in large part to an 8-1 lead in the third inning to back up pitcher Dan Swift, who went five innings for the win.
Kai Warner went three-for-three at the plate and scored twice, with Powell getting two RBIs. Hoalcraft, Danaher, Woodridge, Kuss and Seth Albert made one race each.
Bishop Grimes also faced a hot pitcher last Wednesday and lost 8-1 to Cazenovia, the Cobras limited to five hits by Lakers ace Jack Byrnes, who struck out nine to give him 81 in addition to 49 innings pitched this spring.
Still, Grimes managed to break the shutout in the top of the seventh when RJ Benedetto brought Bruno Kinsey home. Dominic Rossi had two of the Cobras’ five hits.
Grimes is the no. 13 seeds in Class B section support, and meets no. Homer, 4th seed, in the first round as an FM, in class AA, has a no. 5 seeds and visits no. 4 seeds Utica Proctor in the quarterfinals on the same day.
In class A, the ABC won the no. 3 seed, with a bye straight into Thursday’s quarter-final against the no. 6 seeds Carthage or not. 11 seed Watertown as a JD, the no. 8 seeds, sides no. 9th-seeded Oswego with the winner advancing to the quarter-finals where they would try to defeat undefeated Whitesboro.