CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes Community College Baseball team played their final two games on their dirt home field yesterday against the Monroe Community College Tribunes. They lost both, but not without a fight. They lost 9-5 in the first game, and 6-5 in their second game.
The Tribunes started off the scoring of the day in game one of their series. In the first inning, Brennen Smith started it off with a single. The Matt Wagner came up and hit another single putting runners on first and second base. Phil Ferranti then doubled scoring both Wagner and Smith. Loew came up right after, singling, and scoring Ferranti. This put the Tribunes up 3-0.
The Lakers were ready to come back in their first ups. Anderson Xapsos started off the game ripping a triple over the centerfielder's head. Chris Karam came up and did his job, grounding out to the first baseman, but scoring Xapsos.
In the fourth inning the Lakers scored their second run of the game. This time, it was a solo homerun by Cody Cooper, right over centerfield fence. This put the score to 3-2 in favor of the Tribunes.
In the sixth inning the Tribunes scored more runs. It started with Wagner hitting a single to put the first base runner on. Ferranti then singled, putting two runners on base. Sam Loew hit a double that then scored Wagner. Logan Martella-Tasick came up right after hitting a single that scored Ferranti. Then TJ Lucey hit a sacrifice fly that would score Loew from third. Finally, Anthony May doubled and scored Martella-Tasick. This put the Tribunes up 7-2.
The Seventh inning was exciting, as both teams put up more runs. At the top of the inning, Wagner was hit by a pitch, which placed him on first. Andrew Czubaj singled, and caused an error that would advance him to second, and Wagner to third. Ferranti hit a sacrifice fly that scored Wagner, and advanced Czubaj. Finally, Czubaj scored on a wild pitch. This would end the scoring for the Tribunes.
When it was their turn, the Lakers were not going down without a fight. Lewis Pettit started off the inning by hitting a double, putting him into scoring position. Then Bryan Santiago-Speranza doubled as well and scored Pettit. Karam came up, hit a single, and scored Santiago-Speranza. Then finally, Trevor Bradshaw hit the third double of the inning, scoring Karam. This would end the scoring for the game.
Game leaders for the Lakers were Cooper with a double, a homerun, and an RBI, and Karam with two RBI's.
This time, the Lakers started off the scoring. In the third inning, Jordan VanHerpe reached first on a fielder's choice. The pitcher tried to pick VanHerpe off at first but overthrew it, and he made it to third. Then VanHerpe scored on a wild pitch.
In the fourth inning, the Lakers put their second run on the board. Chris Gresham started off the inning with a single. He would then advance to second on a wild pitch. Jarrod Williams hit a single that would score Gresham from second.
The fifth inning is where the Tribunes started their scoring. Smith started off the inning with a double. Then Ferranti came up, singled, and scored Smith. Loew hit a single and advanced Ferranti to third. Lucey would then hit a single, scoring both Ferranti and Loew.
The Lakers came back with one run at the bottom of the fifth. Xapsos was hit by a pitch, and that put him on first. He then moved to second on a fielder's choice. Bradshaw came up, hit a double and scored Xapsos.
In the sixth inning, Justin Bunting started it off with hitting a single. Smith came up next and hit a homerun that scored himself, and Bunting. Wagner got on base by an error, then stole second. Czubaj came up and reached first on an error, which would score Wagner.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lakers were on track for a comeback. VanHerpe started it off with a single. Xapsos walked, putting runners on first and second now. Gresham hit an RBI single that scored VanHerpe from second. Bradshaw came up and hit a double that would score Xapsos from second. This would end the game for the Lakers.
Chris Wagner started on the mound for the Lakers. He only allowed three hits, and recorded one strikeout. Tyler Johnson came in and allowed six hits, and had three strikeouts, and finally Dylan Creasey came in in the last inning and had two strikeouts.
Game leaders for the Lakers were Bradshaw with two doubles, and two RBI's, and Gresham and Williams each with an RBI.
The Lakers will play again on Thursday, May 3, at Monroe Community College. They will play at 1:00pm and 3:30pm.