by Rob Tetro
The Phoenix varsity baseball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-8, which earned them the number-six seed in the Section III Class B playoffs.
In its opening round game Tuesday, Phoenix escaped with a 1-0 win over 11th seed Canastota to advance to the Sectional Quarterfinals.
The Firebirds were schedule to take on third seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Thursday. Phoenix struck the first blow when it took on Canastota.
Phoenix took a 1-0 lead during the bottom of the first inning. Despite having 5 and 1/2 innings to tie the game or possibly take the lead, Canastota came up empty.
Leading the way for Phoenix were Adam Thoryk and Emilio Tassone, who both had a hit. Justin Suttliffe added an RBI for the Firebirds.
On the mound, Tassone earned the win for Phoenix. Tassone finished with five strikeouts while allowing only five hits in six innings of play. In relief of Tassone, Thoryk allowed only one hit in one inning of action.