About the only thing that’s gone wrong for the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team is ill-timed bad weather, which postponed two different attempts at a showdown between the Northstars and defending Section III Class AA champion Baldwinsville.
Just before it was first scheduled to go to B’ville last Tuesday, the Northstars again showed off its offensive prowess in last Monday’s game against Rome Free Academy, where it got to double digits in the first inning of a 15-0 shutout over the Black Knights.
It took a while to play the bottom of the first. Nearly batting twice around, C-NS did not let up until 11 runs had crossed the plate, Four more would follow in the second and fourth innings, giving the Northstars 64 runs in its three wins to start the season.
Eric Hamilton produced three of C-NS’s 14 hits, earning four RBIs and scoring twice. Paul Vinciguerra doubled, scored three runs and earned an RBI as Mike Mento, Paul Ludden, Vince Mallaro, Jake McArdell, Brandon Kapcinski and Owen Dziados drove in one run apiece.
All of this provided ample support for sophomore pitcher Stephen Theetge, who didn’t take his big lead for granted, striking out 12 in six innings of work while allowing just five hits.
And after the B’ville game got rained out, C-NS was idle until Thursday, when it passed its first real test of the spring by rallying late to beat West Genesee 4-3.
The Wildcats, who entered the game with a 2-1 mark, got to Austin Frawley for a pair of runs in the third inning and another run in the fourth, so the Northstars trailed 3-1.
Frawley settled down and worked until the sixth, only surrendering three hits. Then he got help when C-NS, having outlasted Wildcats starter Seamus Barry (he exited in the fifth), scored a pair of runs to tie it on Joe Bodnar’s clutch single.