CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – Trailing 6-1 heading into the home half of the seventh inning of Sunday's nightcap with Jamestown Community College, the Finger Lakes Community College Lakers came storming back to send the game into extra innings. The Lakers put together a five-run seventh to send the game into bonus play.
Kyle Consolie would get the rally going for Finger Lakes (18-27) as he reached base with a leadoff single in the seventh. After Consolie found the first base bag, designated hitter Dylan Catlin would then do the same. Catlin would register a single and after doing so, Nate Eastman would follow with a third straight single for the Lakers. Eastman's single would plate Consolie to close the score to 6-2.
After Consolie found home plate, third baseman Troy Loparco would reach on an error, which was committed by Jamestown's leftfielder. Sophomore Corey Galletta would then bring home Catlin and Eastman on a two-run double. His extra base hit would close the margin to 6-4.
A Nicholas Petrantoni sacrifice fly would then deposit Loparco into the runs scored column. Trailing just 6-5, Galletta would later score on a passed ball to even the game at 6-6. His run would end the scoring in the seventh and force extra innings.
Zachariah Lyman and Derick Fera would combine to hold the Jayhawks to no runs in the top of the eighth. Lyman would force a fly out and ground out for the first two outs. Fera would then come in to register the remaining out before the game headed to the bottom portion of the eighth.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Lakers would continue to play off of the momentum that they built in the seventh. Consolie would get things started by forcing a walk. A Kenny Urbanik sacrifice bunt would move him into scoring position. A passed ball would then move Consolie to third base.
Standing just 90 feet away from home plate, Consolie would later be brought in for the game winning run. Plating him with a single would be Loparco. The run would make the final score 7-6 in favor of the hosts.
Notching the victory on the hill for the Lakers was Fera.
Catlin led the home Lakers in hitting as he went 3 for 4 with his bat. Contributing two hits apiece were Consolie, Eastman, Loparco, and Hunter Hey.
Finger Lakes, in the opener of the doubleheader, fell 5-3, as Jamestown would open the game with four runs in the top of the first inning. A run in the second would make it 5-0 Jawhawks.
The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings would then see no scoring. The Lakers would find the scoreboard for three runs in the seventh before falling 5-3.
Starting pitcher Kevin Carpentier pitched effectively in the losing effort for Finger Lakes. Throwing all seven innings, the righty surrendered just two earned runs on eight hits while striking out six.
The Lakers, in game one, totaled eight hits as a team. Their top three hitters, Joey Simmons, Consolie, and Catlin, each recorded one hit and one RBI apiece.
Finger Lakes now has just four games remaining on its regular season schedule. It will return to action on Tuesday as it is set to travel to Syracuse, N.Y. where it will take on conference foe Onondaga Community College. The afternoon doubleheader will take shape beginning at 2pm.