JAMESTOWN, NY -- The Finger Lakes Community College Baseball team swept a doubleheader with Jamestown Community College on Friday night. The Lakers needed a seventh inning rally in Game 1 to force extra innings before defeating the Jayhawks 5-4 in nine innings. The Lakers took the nightcap 6-5 and are now 17-18 on the season.
Finger Lakes got out to an early lead against the Jayhawks, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. Danny D'Eletto singled and moved around the bases on passed balls. A wild pitch to Max Franzone led to a walk, D'Eletto scoring, and Franzone standing on second base. He would be brought in by Kevin Carpentier for the early 2-0 lead. Jamestown's starting pitcher would setting in and hold the Lakers off while the Jayhawks offense took the lead and held a 4-2 advantage going into the top of the seventh. The Lakers used a keen eye to draw five walks and force in a pair of runs, tying the game at 4-4. Reliever Max Weinberg held the Jayhawks offense back to keep the game at 4-4 going into the ninth inning. Kenny Urbanik led the inning off with a single. He then went from first to third on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Ashley. Urbanik scored on a groundout by Danny D'Eletto, giving the Lakers the 5-4 advantage. Weinberg would strand a pair of Jayhawk runners in the bottom of the frame to preserve the 5-4 Finger Lakes victory.
Weinberg threw three hitless innings for the Lakers in earning his first collegiate win. Starting pitcher Brandon Anderson struck out seven in his six innings of work. Hunter Hey had two hits for Finger Lakes and Danny D'Eletto drove in a pair of runs.
Game 2 saw the Jayhawks take the early 2-0 lead. Finger Lakes would fight to tie it in the third inning. Kenny Urbanik led the inning off with a single. Following a Matt Ashley walk, Urbanik would steal third base. He scored on a Danny D'Eletto fielders choice. Max Franzone then doubled off the left field wall, scoring D'Eletto, and tying the game at 2-2. Jamestown answered with a run, but the Finger Lakes took the lead in the fourth. With two outs, Hunter Hey reached on an error. That was followed by a Kenny Urbanik. Following a stolen base that put runners on second and third, Matt Ashley singled through the left side to score both runners and give the Lakers a 4-3 lead. Jamestown would not go away however as they tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning. Hunter Hey led the sixth inning off with a walk. He went to third on a Matt Ashley double and Danny D'Eletto walked to load the bases for Max Franzone. Franzone ripped a ball past the third baseman and into left field to score two and give the Lakers the 6-4 lead. Jamestown threatened in the sixth. They loaded the bases with one out. Reliever Ryan Landers was able to get a strikeout and a groundout to preserve the lead for the Lakers. He gave up one unearned run in the seventh, but once again stranded the bases loaded as the Lakers won the game 6-5.
Matt Ashely, Max Franzone, Cameron Heasley, and Kevin Carpentier all had a pair of hits for the Lakers. Franzone had three RBIs and Ashley drove in two. Kevin Close picked up his third win of the season for the Lakers and Ryan Landers earned his first career save.
Finger Lakes will travel to Dryden, NY on Sunday to take on the Tompkins Cortland Panthers. First pitch of the Mid-State Athletic Conference and Region III West doubleheader is set for 1pm.