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  • SCHOLASTIC BASEBALL: Bench fuels big inning for Little Falls

  • MAY 2 SCHOLASTIC BASEBALL



    The Little Falls Mounties got another strong pitching performance, this one from Zach McLaughlin, and the bench sparked a big inning late in Wednesday’s 12-1 win over the Canastota Raiders.

     

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  • LITTLE FALLS 12, CANASTOTA 1
    The Little Falls Mounties got another strong pitching performance, this one from Zach McLaughlin, and the bench sparked a big inning late in Wednesday’s 12-1 win over the Canastota Raiders.
    McLaughlin scattered five hits over six innings, struck out five batters, walked two and limited the Raiders to a single unearned run in the sixth inning. The Mounties led 3-0 before Canastota scored then put nine runs on the board in their final at-bat.
    Canastota starter Anthony Sicilia allowed two hits in three scoreless innings. The three Raiders who followed him to the mound did not fare as well. Gavin Campbell allowed three runs over two innings and Nick Stagnitti failed to retire a batter before turning the ball over to Zach Babcock in the sixth.
    Campbell walked four batters in the fourth inning and pushed the first two Mountie runs across the plate by issuing free passes to Jason Vespi and Nick Luppino, Little Falls’ Nos. 8 and 9 batters, with the bases loaded. Tyler Baumeister drove home a run in the fifth inning with one of his four singles and the Mounties had the bases loaded again before Canastota turned an inning-ending double play.
    Little Falls coach Bryan Shepardson went to his bench in the bottom of the sixth and pinch-hitters Andrew Sammons and Mike Izzo proceeded to start a 10-hit rally that saw seven consecutive batters reach base. Sammons coaxed a walk from Stagnitti leading off and Izzo beat out an infield hit that drew a wild throw and allowed Sammons to advance all the way to third base. Josh Martin and Mike Stehnach had back-to-back run-scoring singles. Martin scored when Stehnach stole second base and was hit by the throw from catcher Andrew Frost.
    Theo Wind singled and run-scoring hits by Baumeister and McLaughlin loaded the bases before Babcock relieved Stagnitti. Mitchell Baumeister delivered a run with a sacrifice fly for the first out of the inning. Lucas Godlewski singled ina run and Sammons drove home a run with a single in his second trip to the plate. Izzo delivered another hit to re-load the bases and Stehnach picked up two more runs batted in with his second hit of the inning.
    McLaughlin finished the game with three hits while Wind and Martin joined Izzo and Stehnach with two each.
    Mitchell Baumeister pitched the seventh inning and struck two batters out.
    John Popple had two hits for Canastota.
    The Mounties play under the lights again Friday against Center State Conference Division II-leading Mohawk. The Mohicans have yet to lose in league play and own a 5-2 win over Little Falls in a game played April 18 in Mohawk.
    LITTLE FALLS MOUNTIES 12, CANASTOTA RAIDERS 1
    Canastota    000 001 0  —  1   5  3
    Little Falls    000 219 X — 12 16  1
    Page 2 of 2 - Anthony Sicilia, Gavin Campbell (4), Nick Stagnitti (6), Zach Babcock (6) and Andrew Frost. Zach McLaughlin, Mitchell Baumeister (7) and Jason Vespi, Andrew Sammons (7). W — McLaughlin. L — Campbell. Records — Canastota 0-8; Little Falls 7-3.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports

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