By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix varsity baseball team now has a 9-5 record after losing two games in its last three outings.
On May 10, Phoenix held off Cazenovia 8-7. The Firebirds fell to Marcellus 5-3 in Game 1 of a tournament held May 12 and then Syracuse East knocked off Phoenix 14-5 in Game 2 of the May 12 tournament.
In the Caz game, there was no score after one inning. Then Phoenix built an impressive lead, going to 5-0 after the second, third and fourth innings.
But the Lakers battled back. In the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, Caz scored seven unanswered runs to take a 7-5 lead.
Phoenix fired back, scoring three runs during the bottom of the seventh inning to come away with an 8-7 win.
Phoenix was led by Bradley Dietz and Dan Frawley with a hit and 2 RBIs, followed by Jordan Jock, Ryan Pinzer and Bryce Plante with a hit and an RBI each. Zachary Wells added a hit and Codie Corso is credit with an RBI.
Bradley Dietz and Jordan Jock split time on the mound for the Firebirds. Dietz and Jock each threw two strikeouts while allowing seven runs off 11 hits.
Against Marcellus, the two teams battled through two scoreless innings before Phoenix jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the third.
Then the Mustangs took over. Following a scoreless fourth, Marcellus tied the game at 4 during the fifth and then scored two more runs during the sixth inning to cap off a 5-3 win over the Firebirds.
Leading the way for Phoenix were Zachary Wells and Emilio Tassone with a hit and an RBI each. Bryce Plante and Codie Corso had a hit each while Dan Frawley is credited with an RBI.
Dan Frawley got the start on the mound and threw nine strikeouts while allowing five runs off four hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. In relief of Frawley, Emilio Tassone allowed a run off two hits in 1/3 of an inning pitched.
Firebirds took a 3-2 lead over Syracuse East during the first inning. After a scoreless second, Syracuse East stormed ahead, scoring 12 unanswered runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 14-3 lead.
Phoenix played until the final out was called, scoring two unanswered runs in the sixth to cut the lead to nine. But the lead was insurmountable as Syracuse East cruised to a 14-5 win.
Phoenix was led by Zachary Wells with four hits, followed by Jordan Jock with a hit and an RBI, Dylan Borza and Zach Schlacter with a hit each and Codie Corso, Dan Frawley and Emilio Tassone with an RBI each.
On the mound, Bradley Dietz threw two strikeouts while allowing 11 runs off nine hits in four innings pitched. In relief of Dietz, Codie Corso allowed three runs off two hits in two innings of work.