CANANDAIGUA, N.Y – The Finger Lakes Community College Baseball team gained a cold and rainy sweep against the Genesee Community College Cougars on Tuesday. The Lakers won 6-3 in the first game, and 7-6 in the second game.
In the next inning, the Cougars answered back and gained the lead. It started with a one-out homer from Justin Taveras putting their first run on the board. Then, Shannon Folkes walked, followed by Jakob MacLeod getting hit by a pitch putting him on first, and Folkes on second. The two advanced on a wild pitch. Bryant Fontanez grounded out, but managed to score Folkes for the Cougar's second run of the game. Finally, MacLeod scored on a passed ball to end the scoring for the Cougars.
It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Lakers started scoring again. Xapsos started it off by walking to get on base. Then Cody Cooper reached first on an error which advanced Xapsos to second. Trevor Bradshaw ripped an RBI single, scoring Xapsos.
The Designated Hitter, Chris Karam, started off the fifth inning getting on first by an error. Jordan Van Herpe came in to pinch run for him. Then, Michael Calderon-Torres walked, which advanced Van Herpe to second. Matt Carroll reached first on a bunt that was fielded, and thrown past the third baseman, which scored Van Herpe. This error advanced Calderon-Torres to third, and Carroll to second. Xapsos came up and hit an RBI single scoring Calderon-Torres. Then Chris Gresham hit an RBI double scoring Carroll and advancing Xapsos to third. Finally, Bradshaw hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Xapsos. This ended the scoring for the Lakers
The winning pitcher for the Lakers was Bryce MacClurg.
Game leaders for the Lakers were Gresham with a double, and Xapsos and Bradshaw with 2 RBIs.
In game two, it was the Cougars who started off the scoring. In the third inning, Folkes started it off by hitting a single. Taveras then grounded out, advancing Folkes to second. Bryant Fontanez came up and singled, which moved Folkes to third. Jayson Libert then reached first on an error which scored Folkes for the first run of the game.
In the fourth inning, the Cougars started off by Peter Bradford walking. Harrison Lourens laid down a sacrifice bunt, which advanced Bradford to second. Junior King came up and hit an RBI single scoring Bradford.
The Lakers answered in the bottom in the fourth inning. They started off with Jake Rugaber making it to first on an error. He then stole second, and Jarrod Williams walked. Calderon-Torres walked after, loading the bases. Aaron Shoemaker came to the plate, and ripped a single scoring Rugaber. Pettit came up and walked, which scored Williams who was on third. After a pitching change for the Cougars, Xapsos walked, which scored Calderon-Torres. Gresham then came up and broke the walk streak, hitting an RBI single, scoring Shoemaker. Right after, Cooper walked, scoring Pettit. After the last pitching change of the inning, Bradshaw grounded out, but managed to still score Xapsos.
The Cougars were not ready to go down without a fight. In the sixth inning, they answered back. It started with Bradford walking. Lourens hit a grounder, which ended up catching Bradford at second, leaving Lourens on first. King came up and singled, putting runners on first and second. Edgardo Jurado then singled, loading the bases for the Cougars. Keny Sanchez went in to pinch hit for Folkes, and walked, scoring Lourens. Taveras came up and walked, which scored King. Fontanez hit a grounder that got Taveras out at second, he still managed to score Jurado who was on third. Then Libert forced an error which scored Sanchez. This ended the scoring for the Cougars.
Finally, in the bottom of the sixth, the Lakers scored their final run of the game. Xapsos started it off with a single. He then advanced to second on a passed ball, putting him into scoring position. Greshman then hit a single that would score Xapsos.
The winning pitcher for the Lakers was Jacob Dunn. He threw a two-hitter with one strike out.
Game leaders for the Lakers were Gresham with 2 RBIs, and Xapsos, Cooper, Bradshaw, Shoemaker, and Pettit all with one RBI.
The Lakers will play again on Sunday, April 8th against the SUNY Broome Community College Hornets. They will play at home at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.