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Late-Inning Rally Carries Lakers to Split

Late-Inning Rally Carries Lakers to Split

CUMBERLAND, MD -- Finger Lakes scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning of Game 2 to take the lead and salvage a split against Allegany College of Maryland on Thursday. The Trojans took the first game 6-3, but the Lakers rallied for the 4-3 win in Game 2. Finger Lakes is now 5-3 on the season.

The Lakers jumped out early on Allegany in the first game. Kane Shaw led of f the game with a single. He would move to second and score on a Max Franzone double. Franzone would be plated on a single by Marc Peterson and Finger Lakes was out to an early 2-0 lead. Finger Lakes would add a run in the third inning. Danny D'Eletto led off with a walk. He moved to second on a single by Franzone and to third on a bunt by Kenny Urbanik. Ryan Juergens would ground out to third, which was enough to score D'Eletto and give Finger Lakes a 3-0 lead.

Allegany would answer that with a run of their own, but the Lakers still led 3-1 after three innings. The Trojans would continue to push though. They took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring four runs. Trailing 5-3, Finger Lakes was able to get runners on the corners with two outs in the sixth, but left them stranded. Allegany would add an insurance run in their half of the sixth inning on their way to the 6-3 win.

Max Franzone and Kane Shaw each had a pair of hits for the Lakers. Shaw also added two stolen bases. Ryan Juergens and Marc Peterson each added a hit and an RBI for Finger Lakes. Brandon Anderson started on the mound for the Lakers. He went five innings and struck out two.

Allegany would carry the momentum into the second game. They took advantage of a leadoff single to take an early 1-0 advantage. Finger Lakes would get on the board in the fourth inning. Ryan Juergens started it off with a single to centerfield. He moved to second on a balk and was bunted to third by Braxton Wilson. After Cam Heasley was hit by a pitch, Elliot Austin laid down a bunt to score Juergens. The RBI was the first of Austin's career and the game was tied 1-1.

Allegany would answer and take advantage of three Lakers errors their half of the fourth. The Trojans plated two runs and threatened for more but Finger Lakes picked a runner off of third and threw another out at the plate to escape further damage. The Lakers cut the margin in half in the sixth, but still went into the seventh inning trailing 3-2.

Kenny Urbanik started the rally with a single. He would steal second base and score on a Ryan Juergens double to right centerfield, tying the game at 3-3. Hunter Hey would come on to run for Juergens. He would move to third on a strikeout in the dirt that forced the Allegany catcher to get the out at first base. With Marc Peterson batting with a full count and two outs, the Trojan pitcher would send ball four to the backstop allowing Hey to score for the 4-3 Laker lead. Allegany pressured in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, starting pitcher Kevin Carpentier induced a groundball to D'Eletto at third base. D'Eletto threw home for the force out preventing a run from scoring. Carpentier would strikeout the final batter to end the game and give Finger Lakes the 4-3 victory.

Kevin Carpentier finished with eight strikeouts in the complete game win. He only allowed five hits and one earned run. Ryan Juergens and Kenny Urbanik each had a pair of hits and a RBI. Urbanik also provided three of Finger Lakes' seven stolen bases. 

Finger Lakes will travel to North East, Maryland on Friday afternoon to take on Division II Cecil College. First pitch against the Seahawks is scheduled for 1pm.

 
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