CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes Community College Baseball team swept their home opening double header this Saturday against the Jefferson Community College Cannoneers. The Lakers won game one 8-0, and won game two 7-5.
The Lakers started out strong in the first inning with a 1, 2, 3, in the field. They got their first two batters on base, and Trevor Bradshaw hit a double to bring in Anderson Xapsos from second to score their first run. Bryan Santiago-Speranza grounded out, but scored Chris Gresham from third, earning their second run. Michael Calderon-Torres singled right after driving in Bradshaw and Jake Rugaber.
At the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lakers put more on the board. Rugaber hit a single to start off the inning on base. Santiago-Speranza doubled and advanced Rugaber to third. Calderon-Torres then reached first on an error that would score Rugaber for their fifth run of the game. Lewis Petit had an RBI to score to score Santiago-Speranza. Xapsos then singled for an RBI to score Calderon-Torres. He then stole second, where Gresham singled for his first RBI of the day scoring Xapsos.
Ben Mulhall was the winning pitcher on the mound for the Lakers. He threw a two-hitter with seven strikeouts on the day.
Game leaders for the Lakers were Bradshaw and Santiago-Speranza each with a double, and Calderon-Torres with 3RBI's.
The Lakers started the game out again on a high note in the first inning. Xapsos led off with a single, then advancing to second on a passed ball. Gresham ripped his second RBI single of the day to score Xapsos. Gresham made his way to third on two passed balls putting him scoring position. Rugaber reached first on a drop third strike which scored Gresham for the second run of the game. Rugaber then stole second which scored Bradshaw who was on third.
At the bottom of the second inning, the Lakers put two more runs on the board. Matt Carroll walked to get on base, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Xapsos hit an RBI single to score Carroll. Xapsos then stole second to put him in scoring position, which led to Gresham hitting his third RBI single of the day scoring Xapsos.
In the bottom of the third inning Santiago-Speranza started it out with a walk and a stolen second base that caused an error which advanced him to third base. Calderon-Torres answered with an RBI single to score Santiago-Speranza. Nicklaus Stein laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Calderon-Torres to third where he would score on a wild pitch.
The seventh inning is where the Cannoneers found their opportunity to score. They started the inning with a single from Naim Bibovic. Tim Gaudioso walked, which advanced Bibovic to second. After a strikeout, Andrew Schaffstall walked, which advanced Bibovic and Gaudioso. Hunter Holliday then hit an RBI single to score Bibovic for their first run of the day. Jason Kavanaugh hit an RBI single which scored Gaudioso. Schaffstall then scored on a passed ball for their third run. Joshua Navarra came up and ripped a two RBI double to score their final two runs of the game. The Lakers managed to hold the Cannoneers after and walked away with the win.
Bryan Bizzaro was the winning pitcher for the Lakers. He only allowed two hits and had six strikeouts.
Game leaders for the Lakers were Gresham with two RBI's and Xapsos and Calderon-Torres each with one RBI.
The Lakers will play again on Tuesday, April 3rd against the Genesee Community College Cougars. They will play at home at 2:00pm and 4:00pm.