Syracuse, NY, July 1st, 2018
Rome Generals (10-14) vs Onondaga Flames (13-10)
This evening, the Flames opened up July with another offensive display for their third consecutive win. During the winning streak, Onondaga has averaged an astounding 12.67 runs per game.
The offense struck right away in the 1st inning. AJ DiFillipo (Columbia University) drove in the first run with and RBI fielder’s choice and another run came in to score on the same play thanks to a Tony Porrino throwing error. A Collin Mathews (Kent State University) RBI double and a Mike Ruggerio (Wagner College) RBI sacrifice fly in the 3rd and 4th innings, respectively, extended the Onondaga lead. 4-0 Flames after four innings.
The runs really started adding up in the 6th inning. The Flames put up four runs in the inning. Adam Gordon (Cal State Los Angeles) hit a 2-run single, Jake Evans (Binghamton University) recorded an RBI single, and Ernie Geraci drove in a run with an RBI sacrifice fly. 8-0 Flames after six innings.
In the 7th inning, the Generals put a run on the scoreboard but the Flames answered with three of their own. One scored on Tony Porrino’s second throwing error, another on an Adam Gordon RBI sacrifice fly, and the last run on a wild pitch by Ronald Russo. 11-1 Flames after seven innings.
Onondaga added three more runs after two from Rome in the 8th inning, including a 2-run single from Mike Steffan (Canisius College) and Jake Evans’ second RBI of the day on a groundout.
The final score was 14-3 and not to be forgotten, Jeremy Taylor (Cal Poly Pomona) had an excellent start tonight on the mound. He pitched 7.0 innings and allowed only one run to record the victory. Jake Griffin (Johns Hopkins University) pitched the final 2 innings, forcing a ground ball double play by Patrick Kenny to end the game. 14-3 Flames win.
The Flames are right back at it tomorrow when they face the Sherrill Silversmiths on the road in a doubleheader. First pitch is 2:00pm. Start time could change.
There will be no live broadcasts tomorrow or for any away games for the remainder of the season (except away games against the Salt Cats). This is due to away team broadcast charges. However, the game broadcast will be posted to Facebook and YouTube shortly following both games.
Onondaga next plays Rome this Wednesday, July 4th, Independence Day, at home. First pitch is 7:00pm (Live Broadcast at onondagaflames.com/watch-game-live/ OR teamline.cc with code “Onondaga”)
The Syracuse Spartans dropped their third game in a row today, which means the Flames are now tied with the Spartans at 14-10 for First Place in the NYCBL Eastern Division.
Woody Woodruff: 1-for-3, RBI, K
Greg Geiger: L, 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 8 R (8 ER)
Mike Steffan: 2-for-4, 4 R, 2 RBI, BB, K
Jeremy Taylor: W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, BB, 3 K, 1 R (1 ER)
Win: Jeremy Taylor (2-1); Onondaga Flames (14-10, T-1st NYCBL Eastern Division)
Loss: Greg Geiger (0-1); Rome Generals (10-15; 6th NYCBL Eastern Division)
Onondaga, NY June 30, 2018: The Onondaga Flames bats exploded for 16 hits and 9 runs last night at Onondaga CC baseball complex to outlast the Cortland Crush 9-7 in excessive heat conditions. The 13-10 Flames move to one game behind the East Division Syracuse Spartans (14-9). The win was the third-in-a-row against the Crush (10-14) and the Flames now lead the series 3-2. The Flames improved their team batting average to .261 and their OBP to a whopping .391, second in the league.
The Flames opened the scoring in the 1st inning on a pair of doubles by McClain O’Connor (USCB) and Bryan Hart (Bryant University). They struck again for a pair of runs in the 3rd on a booming triple by Hart and a fielder’s choice. Jarrad Grossguth (Queens College) singled, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on a single by Collin Mathews (Kent State University) to cap the scoring for the inning.
Crush reliever Logan Persee (Salem International College) met a rude reception in the bottom of the 4th as the Flames erupted for four runs on four hits, including a two-run double by catcher Jake Zurat (Canisius). McClain O’Connor, Adam Gordon (Cal State LA) and Mike Netzel (Occidental College) contributed with singles.
After pitching four innings of no-hit ball, Flames starter Connor Morrisroe (UAlbany), fatigued by the high heat and humidity, was tagged with five runs (4 earned) on a walk and four Cortland hits. Flames pitching coach Robert Anders sent starter Gabe Golob (NYU) in to relieve Morrisroe. Golob, who missed his spot in the rotation with a sore arm last week, was rusty as he hit the first two batters he faced and walked the third. With bases loaded Golob retired the next two batters and was poised to escape the inning when Iset Maldonado (St Michael’s College) singled home two runs to tie the score 7-7. Golob then struck out Joe Palmo (Amherst College) to end the inning.
The determined Flames answered immediately in their half of the 6th when Hart singled stole second and third and then came home on a fielder’s choice. Mike Netzel walked, moved to second when Grossguth drew a walk and scored on a single by Mathews for the second run of the inning and the last scoring of the night for both teams.
The league leading Flames bullpen once again did their job as Chris Burnette (Cal Poly Pomona) and closer Keon Taylor (Cal State LA) finished the Crush in short order, allowing only one runner to reach first base.
The Flames had many standout performances including:
McClain O’Connor (USCB) 3 for 5, including a double, 2 runs scored and a stolen base.
Bryan Hart (Bryant) 3 for 4 including his fifth double and third triple of the season, 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and two stolen bases
Jake Zurat (Canisius) 2-run double, three RBI’s, and a solid defensive performance behind the plate, including a great throw to 3rd to catch a runner stealing.
Mike Netzel (Occidental College) 2-run single, walk and 2 runs scored.
Jarrad Grossguth (Queens College) RBI, one run scored, walk. Raised his batting average to .320.
Trace Peterson (Lake Erie College) 2 for 4 and two brilliant plays at 1st base.
Collin Mathews (Kent State University) 2 for 4, two RBIs
Chris Burnette (Cal Poly Pomona) struck out 3 of the 7 batters faced, allowed no runs.
Keon Taylor (Cal State LA) closes out the game in 1-2-3 order.
The Flames return to action tonight as they host the Rome Generals at 5:00 PM at Onondaga CC baseball complex.
- Date: 06/30/2018
- Start Time: 06:59 PM
- Duration: 2:47
- End Time: 09:46 PM
- Winning Pitcher: 28 – Gabe Golob
- Losing Pitcher: 36 – Logan Persse
- Save Pitcher: 29 – Keon Taylor
- Plate Umpire:
- Field Umpire #1:
- Field Umpire #2:
- Field Umpire #3:
- Location: Onondaga CC
- 2B: H.Houts (2).
- HP: Z.Kelley (2), J.Tatum (1), A.Babcock (2), J.Valentino (2).
- RBI: D.Ketch (14), A.Babcock (8), I.Maldonado 3 (6).
- CS: A.Babcock 2 (3).
- SB: D.Ketch (9), A.Babcock 2 (4), B.Horsfall (1).
- Team LOB: 5.
- A: J.Tatum 3 (20), A.Babcock 3 (19), I.Maldonado 4 (32).
- E: A.Babcock (5).
- PO: J.Palmo 2 (15), N.Laviosa 2 (39), J.Tatum (8), H.Houts 9 (22), A.Babcock (15), B.Horsfall 3 (11), J.Valentino 4 (65), I.Maldonado (21).
- SBA: B.Horsfall 2 (5), J.Valentino 2 (32).
- TC: J.Palmo 2 (17), N.Laviosa 2 (41), J.Tatum 4 (31), H.Houts 9 (26), A.Babcock 5 (39), B.Horsfall 3 (11), J.Valentino 4 (81), I.Maldonado 5 (58).
- 2B: M.OConnor (2), B.Hart (5), J.Zurat (2), A.DiFillipo (3).
- 3B: B.Hart (3).
- HP: B.Hart (7).
- RBI: B.Hart (17), M.Netzel 2 (8), J.Grossguth (8), J.Zurat 3 (8), C.Mathews 2 (10).
- SF: J.Grossguth (1).
- SB: M.OConnor (1), B.Hart 2 (12), J.Grossguth (3).
- A: M.OConnor 3 (6), B.Hart 2 (47), J.Grossguth 2 (19), J.Zurat (5), T.Peterson (9), C.Burnette (1).
- CS: J.Zurat (1).
- E: T.Peterson (4).
- PO: M.OConnor (5), A.Gordon (34), J.Grossguth (8), J.Zurat 8 (111), C.Mathews (18), T.Peterson 8 (117), C.Paxton 2 (61), J.Chernow 4 (39), C.Morrisroe (1).
- SBA: J.Zurat 5 (37).
- TC: M.OConnor 4 (11), A.Gordon (34), B.Hart 2 (79), J.Grossguth 3 (27), J.Zurat 9 (119), C.Mathews (21), T.Peterson 10 (130), C.Paxton 2 (68), J.Chernow 4 (47), C.Burnette (1), C.Morrisroe (4).
- BF: M.Viveiros 17, L.Persse 14, D.Steve 5, M.Tannebaum 8.
- P-S: M.Viveiros 48-31, L.Persse 43-31, D.Steve 20-12, M.Tannebaum 25-21.
- BF: C.Morrisroe 19, G.Golob 9, C.Burnette 8, K.Taylor 3.
- P-S: C.Morrisroe 76-43, G.Golob 29-16, C.Burnette 26-19, K.Taylor 11-7.