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Lakers Sweep Panthers

Lakers Sweep Panthers

DRYDEN, N.Y. –  The Finger Lakes Community College baseball team swept Tompkins Cortland Community College on Saturday by the scores of 11-0 and 9-2. Finger Lakes is now 17-26 on the season and 13-10 in Region III's Western Division.

The Lakers struck early with eight runs in the top of the first inning, all started by a Joey Simmons walk. Kyle Consolie would single Simmons over and a Dylan Catlin single would score Simmons. Nate Eastman would have his first of three hits on the day with a single to score Consolie. Troy Loparco would then clear the bases with a triple to left centerfield.

Loparco would then be plated thanks to a Nicholas Petrantoni single. Following a fly out, Hunter Hey would single Petrantoni to third and Aaron Freida would bring them both home with a two-run double to center. A Simmons single would score Freida before the end of the inning. When the dust settled, Finger Lakes held an 8-0 lead off of eight Laker hits.

Starter Brandon Anderson would take the momentum to the mound with him as he moved effectively through the Panther order. In his five innings of work, he faced the minimum fifteen batters. Two reached first base, one on an error and one on a single, but they were both subsequently picked off by the freshman lefty. Anderson finished his outing with eight strikeouts without allowing a walk.

Finger Lakes would add three runs in the sixth inning thanks to three straight hits, which were registered by Hey (single), Freida (double), and Simmons (triple). Finger Lakes would end the game after a scoreless sixth inning by Zachariah Lyman due to the mercy rule. Eastman had three hits for Finger Lakes. Simmons, Petrantoni, Hey, and Freida each had a pair of hits. Freida drove in three runs on his two doubles.

Finger Lakes would once again strike for a run in the first inning of game two. However, Tompkins Cortland would answer with a pair of runs off of four hits in there half of the inning.

The Panther lead would be short-lived, as the Lakers would explode for six runs in the second inning. Three straight singles by Branden Rhodes, Corey Galletta, and Hey would start the inning off. Simmons would bring one in with a single and Freida would plate another after drawing a bases loaded walk. Catlin, who already drove in the Lakers run in the first inning, would double to plate two more runs for Finger Lakes. Eastman would join Catlin with a two-RBI hit of his own to give the Lakers a 7-1 lead.

The Lakers pitching staff would allow just two hits the rest of the game. Dakota Stackhouse struck out five to earn his team-leading fifth win of the season. Timothy Jones and Danny Baker combined for three innings of scoreless relief. The Lakers would add a run in the fourth and fifth inning. Eastman would have an RBI double in the fourth and Simmons drove in a run in the fifth on a single. Simmons led the way offensively for the Lakers with three hits and two RBIs. Catlin, Eastman, Rhodes, Galletta, and Hey all had a pair of hits as well. Eastman and Catlin each drove in three runs as well.

The Lakers return home on Sunday for the final home game of the year. They face Jamestown Community College in a pivotal Region III matchup. The Jayhawks currently hold the fourth and final playoff spot with Finger Lakes sitting one game back in fifth place. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1pm.