NORTH EAST, MD -- The Finger Lakes Baseball team split with Division II Cecil College on Friday in Maryland. The Lakers took the opening game 6-4, but fell in the nightcap 9-6. Finger Lakes is now 6-4 on their season.
Finger Lakes got on the board first in the opening game against the Seahawks. The had four singles in the first inning. Kenny Urbanik's hit scored Kane Shaw and Max Franzone was plated on a Ryan Juergens groundout. Cecil would answer with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning however. The Lakers would answer and tie the game in the second inning. Braxton Wilson would lead off the inning with a single. He would steal second and move to third on a Hunter Hey bunt. Kane Shaw drove in Wilson with a sacrifice fly, tying the game at 3-3. Cecil held a 4-3 lead going into the fifth inning.
Danny D'Eletto led off the inning with a walk. Max Franzone would then take a 3-1 pitch over the left centerfield wall for a two-run home run. Two pitches later, Kenny Urbanik would send one over the left field wall for a solo home run. The back to back home runs was the first of the careers of both Franzone and Urbanik. Starting pitcher Ryan Landers would allow only one hit over his final three innings of work. Kane Shaw came on for the save. He gave up a leadoff single, but quickly erased him by starting a 1-6-3 double play. He got the final batter to groundout, preserving the Finger Lakes 6-4 win.
Landers went six innings allowing five hits in his first collegiate win. Shaw's save was his third of the season. Max Franzone went 3-4 with a pair of RBIs. Kane Shaw and Kenny Urbanik each added a pair of hits for Finger Lakes.
Finger Lakes once again got out to a fast start in Game 2. Kenny Urbanik drove in two runs on a single and Ryan Juergens plated another run with a groundout to give Finger Lakes the early 3-0 lead. They added a run in the third when Max Franzone led the inning off with a walk. He came around the bases and scored on a single by Juergens. Cecil would stay in the game however. They would plate a pair of runs in the third and make it 4-2 after three innings. The Seahawks would continue to pressure the Lakers and push across four more runs in the fifth inning, taking a 6-4 lead. The Lakers would answer right back with pair of runs in the sixth to tie it. Matt Horne walked with the bases loaded and Marc Peterson, who reached by getting hit by the pitch, scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 6-6. Cecil would once again answer the Laker scoring and push across three runs in the bottom of the sixth on their way to the 9-6 victory.
The Finger Lakes offense took advantage of free bases to stay in the game. They drew 11 walks and one batter was hit by the pitch. Ryan Juergens and Kenny Urbanik each had a pair of RBIs for the Lakers. Austin Miller allowed only four hits in four innings of work in his first career start.
The Lakers will conclude their spring trip on Saturday against Westmoreland County Community College. First pitch with the Wolfpack is set for 12pm.