LIVERPOOL, NEW YORK—It was a hit parade at Blink Fitness Field on Sunday as the Syracuse Spartans (15-13) picked up a much-needed win against the Sherrill Silversmiths (15-12). A total of 26 hits were dispersed between the two teams on the day, as the Syracuse offense woke up and was able to snap their six-game losing streak.
Liam Devine took the ball for the Spartans. The left-handed pitcher went 5.1 innings in a shaky outing. Devine started off the game throwing eight balls in his first nine pitches. He later rebounded, at one point retiring ten consecutive, then later gave up five earned runs in an inning.
“It’s a little tricky here, getting used to the mound at Blink Fitness Field at Hopkins Park,” said manager Brian Burns on the odd dimensions at ‘the Blink.’ “The mound is off line a little bit, the back stop is way off line because of the field adjustments made, switching the field to a baseball diamond. He just has to be a little quicker making adjustments to the game mound. It took a couple of batters and then he got some guys out, but unfortunately at that point there were already some people on base. He did a great job making those adjustments and getting comfortable, we just left him in a little too long and he got a little tired.”
Devine’s final line included eight earned runs on nine hits and six strikeouts. It was an up and down start, but the lefty showed excellent promise against one of the better lineups in the NYCBL.
The Syracuse offense got back to their old ways putting up double digit runs once again. Andrew Pedone set the tone with an eight pitch at bat in the first inning, later ripping a double that would set up two runs in the first inning to bring the Spartans within one run.
A 6 run second inning that chased Sherrill starter, Michael Matthews, gave the Spartans an 8-3 lead that Syracuse wouldn’t relinquish. Andrew Pedone went 3-5 with two runs and an RBI. Micah Riddick went 4-5 with two runs, raising his average a whopping .077 points on the day. Eddie Pietschmann, John Mesagno, and Nick Spinella each had two RBI games.
“We were executing today,” said Burns on the Syracuse bats. “We’ve talked to the guys about our failure to execute, we were maybe one for our last 10 getting bunts down, then all of the sudden we execute two perfect hit and runs early in the game that led to runs. We didn’t have a lot of doubles today, we didn’t have any triples, we were just moving it down the line to the next guy.”
Looking ahead, four Spartans will be in tomorrow’s NYCBL All-Star Game. Head cross town to OCC’s baseball complex where Andrew Pedone, John Mesagno, Lou Miceli, and David Redfield will be competing at 6:30 pm.
“It’s huge,” said Burns on the Spartans snapping their losing streak headed into the All-Star break. “We’re a very streaky team. If our guys can carry a little bit of momentum, our guys get a couple days to rest, and come back mentally prepared. We can go on a tear and get back in first place, where we belong.”
The Spartans return to action with a game away at Cortland on Wednesday, July 11th, at 5:00 pm. Syracuse returns to Blink Fitness Field at Hopkins Road Pack on Sunday, July 15th. The Spartans host the Rome Generals at 1:30 pm.