Onondaga, NY June 1, 2018: The Onondaga Flames (@FlamesNYCBL) won their season opener in a New York State Collegiate Baseball League (@nycblbaseball) match up at Onondaga CC Baseball Complex last night. In a game that was much closer than the 6-2 score might indicate, the Flames played flawless defensive ball and managed to turn their 10 hits into six runs. Brilliant fielding and clutch pitching by the Salt Cats frustrated the Flames who left a small village on base.

The Flames used five pitchers who combined to allow only 2 runs on three Salt Cats (@saltcats1) hits. Starter Gabe Golob (NYU) (@gabegolob28) pitched three scoreless innings to help the Flames get out in front 1-0. Johns Hopkins’ (@JHUBaseball) sidearmer Jake Griffin followed up with another two innings of shutout ball in front of solid defense. American International College’s Jimmy Flahive (@JimmyFlahive) pitched two no-hit innings before giving up the ball to Albany’s Connor Morrisroe (@morrisbro24). Chaffey College’s (@panther_bsb) Keon Taylor came to close things out in order for the Flames.

The big inning for the Flames came in the top of the sixth as they were able to plate four runs as they batted around the order. First baseman Mike Steffens (@Mike_Steffan) from Canisius College (@GriffsBaseball) came through with a two RBI single with the bases loaded to help the offense in the top half of the inning.

The victory was not without a price as standout shortstop Mike Ruggiero, who had two hits, pulled a hamstring and is expected to miss a few games.

The winning pitcher was Jake Griffin.

The Flames return to action tonight against the Syracuse Spartans at Hopkins Road Park at 5:00 PM.