Westhill Baseball defeats Skaneateles, 9-7, in eight innings – Eagle News Online
CENTRAL NEW YORK – If all goes as planned, the Skaneateles and west hill baseball teams could find themselves battling each other in late May for top Division III Class B honors.
A big step towards that goal would come when the Lakers and Warriors faced off in the first of back-to-back matchups on Friday afternoon, and it proved instantly memorable, spanning eight innings before Westhill pulled it out. 9-7.
It was back and forth all afternoon, with Skaneateles securing 1-0 and 4-2 leads but unable to hold on to either, with Westhill struggling to take a 5-4 lead at the sixth round.
James Musso pitched the seventh and had 12 strikeouts, but was left behind by one as in the bottom of the seventh Aidan Kerr, who had hit a two-run homer earlier, tried to shut it down.
With two outs, however, Nate Shattuck walked. Then, with a full count and a throw away from the win, Kerr saw the Lakers’ Patrick Herr double Shattuck with the tying run.
When Musso came out in the eighth, however, Westhill surged, scoring three Lakers pitchers for four runs, two scoring on base-loaded steps and two more on wild pitches.
Still, it wasn’t over. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Skaneateles, trailing 9-5, saw Emil Sander hit his second homer of the game, and two more hits, plus a wild pitch, scored another run. The tying run was at home plate – but Kerr knocked out Mike Blowers to end it.
Westhill needed a boost after facing defending Class A champion Christian Brothers Academy last Tuesday and being shut out, 10-0, by the Brothers.
Three pitchers – Tyler Campbell, Mike Madigan and Ryan Campbell – allowed 10 hits between them, including a home run from Jack Landau, who, along with Ethan Harris and Zach Mulhern, had two runs each /
As that continued, Skaneateles was at nearby Bishop Grimes and needed to fight to the finish to secure a 3-1 win over the Cobras.
Led 1-0, the Lakers gave up a point in the fourth which tied it. Then, in the top of the seventh, the Lakers arrived at Markwood for two game-breaking runs, the blowers’ double punch. After six innings where Cooper Purdy struck out 11, Musso worked the seventh inning to get the stoppage.
Skaneateles followed Thursday with a 12-0 shutout of Jordan–Elbridge where Scott Scherrer allowed just one hit and scored three runs with an RBI. Purdy, Cal Anna and Carter Corbett had two RBIs each as Musso went two-for-two and scored twice.