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Lakers Win Two over Corning

Lakers Win Two over Corning

CANANDAIGUA – Finger Lakes took two games from Corning CC on Sunday by the scores of 10-0 and 9-4. The pair of wins improves the Lakers record to 9-15 overall. They now stand at 4-2 in the MSAC and are 5-3 in regional play.

The pace of game one was set by starting pitcher Kevin Close. He was in command all game long as he allowed just one hit while striking out eight. The Lakers gave Close the lead in the second inning. Nicholas Petrantoni would walk and move to third on a double by Kyle Consolie. Joey Simmons would continue his hot streak and drive them both in with a single. His two-run single would give the Lakers an early 2-0 game one lead. Finger Lakes added a run in the third and would then break the game open in the bottom of the sixth.

The sixth would start with a leadoff double by Dylan Catlin. There would be a walk and a sacrifice bunt leading up to a two-run single by Petrantoni. Consolie would get his second hit of the game with a single, as did Simmons. Branden Rhodes would deliver his third single of the day to drive those two in. His RBIs would put the Lakers lead at 7-0. With two outs, Catlin, Nate Eastman, and Kenny Urbanik would all hit back-to-back-to-back singles. The final single by Urbanik would score Troy Loparco and end the game due to the mercy rule. Rhodes finished the game going 3-4 with 2 RBIs. Simmons, Catlin, Eastman, and Consolie each had a pair of hits for the Lakers. The win by Close was the first of the season and his career.

Finger Lakes would get out early in game two, which was started by a leadoff single by Simmons. He would steal second, advance to third, and score on a sacrifice fly by Rhodes. Starting pitcher Dakota Stackhouse was in control on the mound and kept the Red Barons off balance all day. Finger Lakes would add on some more runs in the third inning. Aaron Freida led the inning off with a double down the left field line. He would score on a single by Simmons. Consolie would then single home Simmons. After Consolie delivered Simmons to the plate, a hit by pitch would put Rhodes on. After Rhodes reached base, both he and Consolie would score on a double by Loparco. Eastman would drive home Loparco and Finger Lakes was up 6-0.

Back-to-back doubles by Consolie and Rhodes got the fifth inning started. Eastman would add in a double of his own to drive in Rhodes. Stackhouse would go four innings without allowing a run. He allowed just three hits and struck out four in registering his third win of the season. Timothy Jones, Zachariah Lyman, and Max Fleig would each go an inning to close the game out for Finger Lakes. Simmons would finish game two going 3-3 with 3 RBIs. Consolie, Rhodes and Loparco each had a pair of hits for the Lakers. Overall, Finger Lakes 1-4 hitters in the batting order went a combined 9-12 with 6 RBIs.

The Lakers will return to action on Tuesday as they are set to host Erie CC in a home doubleheader. Game one will take shape at 2 pm.