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Fulton police, firefighters honored

Fulton firefighters and police officers were honored Wednesday night during the annual city of Fulton Police and Fire Awards Ceremony.

Medal of Honor recipients Officer Michael Blasczienski and Officer Brian Dumas. Photo by Thomas Abelgore
Medal of Honor recipients Officer Michael Blasczienski and Officer Brian Dumas.
Photo by Thomas Abelgore

The ceremony, emceed by Channel 9 anchor and reporter Christie Casciano, was filled with the exceptional stories of what the police officers, firefighters, Menter EMTS and civilians did durig 2013 to help their fellow Fulton residents.

Beverly Belton wiped tears from her eyes as her saviors — Officers Brian Dumas and Michael Blasczienski — received the Medal of Honor Award for saving her and others in her apartment building during a fire.

“Blasczienski kicked my door down to get to me. I didn’t even know the building was on fire,” she said. “If they hadn’t gotten me out, I’d be gone — the fire was int he attic right above me.”

She kissed and hugged the two men after they received their award. From her ordeal, Belton is lobbying the state and federal governments to institute a First Responders Day to honor these workers.

Another poignant moment was when 10-year-old Kiernan O’Neil received his Civiilian Service Award. He stood on the stage with her mom, Jennifer, who he saved.

Civiilian Service Award recipient Kiernan O’Neil and his mom, Jennifer
Civiilian Service Award recipient Kiernan O’Neil and his mom, Jennifer

Kiernan, who was 9 at the time, was playing outside last June 24 when he needed to tell his mother something. He went into the house and found her lying on the bed.

According to accounts, he knew something was wrong because his mom wasn’t moving and it didn’t seem as though she was breathing.

“While a lot of kids out there would probably panic, Kiernan didn’t. Instead he ran out of the house to the neighbors to call 911,” said the narrative read during the ceremony.

Police Officer Gary Percival, Fulton Rescue and Menter Ambulance all heard the call and responded.  Jennifer was found to have no pulse.

According to the narrative read at the ceremony:

“Percival rolled Jennifer onto her back and began CPR. A short time later Fulton Fire Department Personnel Lt. Mark Pollock, Firefighter Randy Spencer, Firefighter Chris Adkins, Firefighter Chris Caza and Firefighter Ryan Maxam arrived. They took over life saving efforts from  Percival.

“Jumping into action, Firefighters Adkins and Maxam got Jennifer’s airway open and began giving her respirations while Lt. Pollock and Firefighter Caza continued CPR. With crucial time ticking away, they set up an AED and delivered a shock to Jennifer.

“Still not breathing they continued with CPR. Menters ambulance personnel Michael Zukovsky, Sean Morganti, Edward Kasperek and Joseph Susino arrived on the scene and immediately got to work. An IV was started and Jennifer was shocked a second time.

“They kept up their efforts and soon after she was loaded into the ambulance, Jennifer was breathing on her own and had a pulse.”

Jennifer O’Neil hugged each of the firefighters and officers who helped save her that day. And young Kiernan got a hearty  thanks and good job from the first responders and, of course, Mom.

Here is a list of others honored Wednesday night:

Police Officer of the Year Chris Jones, with his daughters Casey, left, and Hannah, right.
Police Officer of the Year Chris Jones, with his daughters Casey, left, and Hannah, right.

Firefighter of the year: Christopher Adkins

Police officer of the year: Christopher Jones

Triumphant Award, for scoring 90 percent or better in the annual Fitness Challenge: Officer Brian Dumas; those scoring  85 percent or better were Capt. David Eiffe and Deputy Chief Thomas Abelgore.

STEP (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) awards for participation in the program that targets traffic offenses:

Leading the Fulton department was Officer Brandon Lanning, followed by Officer Jarret Marino and Officer Lucas Hollenbeck. Others receiving certificates of commendation for their work on this program are Officers Christopher Jones, Jeffrey Margrey, Victor Kaufman, Rick Hahn, Christian Dempsey, Brandon Harris and Brian Dumas.

Firefighter of the Year, Chris Adkins
Firefighter of the Year, Chris Adkins

Meritorious Service Award: Officer (retired) Lennet Whitmore and Officer Jeremy Algarin.

Here is a narrative of what they did:

Last summer, Officer Whitmore and Officer Algarin were on patrol when they were dispatched to a reported suicidal woman on the city’s west side.

When they arrived, several people were gathered around a house pointing to a second-floor window. The people said a woman had come to the window with something wrapped around her neck, threatening to jump.

Whitmore went to the upstairs apartment and tried to make contact with the female, but she refused to open the door. Due to the circumstances, Algarin kicked in the door and both officers entered the apartment.

At first, they were unable to locate the woman, then Algarin saw that she was hanging by her fingertips out the second-story window.

Both officers went into action, throwing the window open and grabbing the woman by each of her arms. After a brief struggle, they were able to get the woman back inside to safety.

Completing two consecutive years of service without an absence: Firefighters Robert Summerville, Daniel O’mara,  Chris Adkins, Lt. Steven Dexter, Lt. Mark Pollock, Officer Victor Kaufman, Inv. Aimee May, Inv. Michael Curtis, Lt. William Clark, Deputy Chief Thomas Abelgore

Honorable Service Award: Officer Lucas Hollenbeck.

Here is a narrative of what he did:

In March 2013, Officer Lucas Hollenbeck was patrolling Fulton’s west side late in the afternoon. Hollenbeck decided to do an area check of some of the local businesses and while checking NET & DIE, a local machine shop, he noticed a vehicle parked along the side of the building.

A quick check of the building found it secure, but the truck bed was loaded with what appeared to be a large amount of metal.

Believing that he may have interrupted a larceny in progress, Hollenbeck called for backup. Other police units arrived and they began checking the area, when they located Kyle Moore and Jonathan Loomis hiding behind a dumpster.

Neither man would admit to stealing the metal, even though the truck was registered to one of them. The owner of the company was contacted and he confirmed the metal in the back of the truck did indeed belong to his business.

After further investigation both males were arrested for felony grand larceny.

Meritorious Service Award: Officer Christopher Jones

Here is a narrative of what he did:

Last spring, Officer Chris Jones was on patrol when he was dispatched to a reported house fire. When Jones arrived he could see smoke pouring out of the house.

Being the first on scene, Jones jumped into action grabbing a fire extinguisher out of the back of his patrol car. He started for the house as people fled the burning building.

When he entered the house, Jones could see the smoke was coming from the basement. Without regard for his safety and no equipment to protect him from the fire, he went down looking for the source of the smoke.

When he got to the basement he found the fire and went to work quickly putting it out before more damage could be done.

As he battled the flames in the confined space he was nearly overcome by the toxic combination of smoke and dry chemicals from the extinguisher.

After exiting the building, Jones was treated for smoke inhalation and chemical burns to his lungs, but even as he was being treated he was able to learn vital information from people on scene that eventually helped lead to the arrest of Christopher Holbrook for arson.

Life Saver Award: Michael Zukovsky, Garrett Hauf and Ronald Frawley.

Here is a narrative of what they did:

Just over a year ago Menters personnel, Michael Zukovsky, Garrett Hauf and Ronald Frawley were sent to the city’s east side for a report of a woman with severe chest pain. When they arrived the patient was already being attended to by the Fulton Fire Department.

She was alert and conscious, but reporting she was in a lot of pain. It was decided that the patient would be transported to St. Joseph’s in Syracuse.

What started as a fairly routine transport suddenly became anything but routine. As they drove the patient stated she felt dizzy then suddenly she went unresponsive. The Menters crew immediately reacted, looking for a pulse, but finding none.

The patient took a last breath then stopped breathing. The crew worked tirelessly through out the race to the hospital culminating with Zukovsky using an AED to administer a shock to the patient as they pulled into St. Joe’s.

Amazingly the patient started breathing again and by the time they got into the ER, she was conscious and talking.

Exceptional Duty Award: Russ Johnson, Sgt. Stephen Lunn and Inv. Michael Batstone.

They are honored for their work over several years that finally led to the discovery of the person driving the car involved in the accident that killed Carolee Ashby in 1968.

Life Saving Award: Fulton Firefighters Lt. Steve Dexter, Lt. Shane Laws, Firefighters Ed Kasperek, Chris Adkins and Ken Gleason along with Menters AEMT’s Chris Foy, Michael Zukovsky and EMT Cory Richer.

They are honored for saving the life of a woman who was barely breathing, turning purple and unconscious.

Civilian Service Award: Edward Witkowski, of Fulton.

He is honored for rushing into a burning building and quickly extinguishing a fire, preventing a huge loss.

Parks medallion contest winner picks up her prize

Audrey Avery, fourth from left, holds the envelope with a check from The Valley News for $250 for being the winner of the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest. She found the medallion in Van Buren Park April 16. The award ceremony was April 22 in Recreration Park. Children and adults who collected the colored rocks in all the parks also received their prizes that day. Shown in the photo from left are Bob Weston of Friends of Fulton Parks; Kelley Weaver, Friends of Fulton Parks and creator of the medallion contest; Charles Avery; Audrey Avery; Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr; and Dan Knopp, Fulton Common Council president. The person who found the medallion after reading clues hidden in The Valley News would receive $150 if he or she wasn’t a Valley News subscriber and $250 if he or she was a Valley News subscriber.
Audrey Avery, fourth from left, holds the envelope with a check from The Valley News for $250 for being the winner of the Treasure Fulton Parks 2014 Medallion Hunt contest. She found the medallion in Van Buren Park April 16. The award ceremony was April 22 in Recreration Park. Children and adults who collected the colored rocks in all the parks also received their prizes that day. Shown in the photo from left are Bob Weston of Friends of Fulton Parks; Kelley Weaver, Friends of Fulton Parks and creator of the medallion contest; Charles Avery; Audrey Avery; Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward Sr; and Dan Knopp, Fulton Common Council president. The person who found the medallion after reading clues hidden in The Valley News would receive $150 if he or she wasn’t a Valley News subscriber and $250 if he or she was a Valley News subscriber.

Sign up now to be in Memorial Day Salute parade

The 33rd Annual Fulton Service Clubs’ Memorial Day Salute Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.

The parade theme this year is “Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans.”

The Memorial Day Salute Committee feels our community has many heroes who are serving or have served in the present conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as veterans who have served their country over the years. These men and women ask for nothing from their fellow American citizens, so it is time to honor them on this Memorial Day weekend.

Therefore, this year‘s parade is in honor of all those who have served their country.

For the past 33 years, the four service clubs in Fulton — Kiwanis, Lions, Sunrise Rotary and Rotary — have chosen to honor our heroes and veterans by featuring them in the annual parade.

Fulton’s “Veteran of the Year” for 2014 is Jim Weinhold. He served seven years in the Navy and 15 years in the Air National Guard with the 174th “Boys of Syracuse.”

Weinhold will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.

The Fulton Memorial Day parade traditionally features children and bands.   Many children’s groups have already signed up for the parade this year. There is always room for more groups, businesses and individuals to be in the parade.

Anyone who belongs to a group that wants to be in this year’s parade, should sign up now. Zach Menter is the parade chairman and his phone number is 591-4502. Call him if you have questions about the parade, or wish to be in it.

The Memorial Day Salute Committee so far has nine bands signed up for this year‘s parade. They are our own Fulton Marching Band along with The Central New York Police and Fireman’s Band, City of Syracuse Highland Pipe and Drums, Pembrooke High School Marching Band, Central Square Middle School Band, The Original Yanks Drum & Bugle Corp and Naples High School Marching Band.

The fun loving Island Band, which won the best parade band award last year, is back this year as well, and we also have the Fulton Gauchos Alumni Band marching in the parade this year.

Several businesses and groups are working on floats to place in the parade.  Whether you are interested in planning a float, a marching group or want to show off an unusual vehicle, now is the time to act.

Call Menter at 591-4502 and he will send you a parade application form.

SUNY Oswego goes smoke free, tobacco free

SUNY Oswego will go smoke free and tobacco free everywhere on its premises starting Jan. 1, President Deborah F. Stanley announced on Earth Day, April 22. A slideshow-style video titled “’Stache the Ash” on the website of the college’s Tobacco Free 2015 campaign shows some of the numerous reasons many students choose not to light up.
SUNY Oswego will go smoke free and tobacco free everywhere on its premises starting Jan. 1, President Deborah F. Stanley announced on Earth Day, April 22. A slideshow-style video titled “’Stache the Ash” on the website of the college’s Tobacco Free 2015 campaign shows some of the numerous reasons many students choose not to light up.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley announced April 22 that the college will become smoke free and tobacco free on Jan. 1, 2015.

“In our efforts to support the educational mission of the college and to provide a safe, clean and healthy working, living and learning environment, the college will provide cessation assistance and resources to members of the campus community who wish to stop smoking or using tobacco in any form,” Stanley said in her Earth Day announcement.

“We’ll also support exercise and nutritional changes to help all of us enjoy the vitality and freedom that a smoke- and tobacco-free lifestyle affords,” Stanley said.

Starting with 2015, tobacco use in all its forms will be prohibited everywhere on college premises, including in any vehicle on college property.

SUNY Oswego will join more than 800 other colleges and universities in the United States that have adopted fully tobacco-free policies and nearly 1,200 that are smoke free.

SUNY Cortland, Cayuga Community College and the 24-campus City University of New York, among several other New York institutions, are tobacco free.

SUNY Upstate Medical University, University at Buffalo, Broome Community College and several other campuses in the state system are smoke free.

The SUNY board of trustees, acting on Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s recommendation, passed a June 2012 resolution supporting legislation to make all SUNY campuses tobacco free.

The system has actively encouraged remaining members of its 64 campuses to move in that direction even without a law.

SUNY Oswego’s Clean Air Committee launched a website — oswego.edu/OzQuits — to help the faculty, staff and students find cessation resources online, learn how the upcoming new policy on tobacco use developed, find links to research, answers to frequently asked questions and an online form for expressing their ideas.

College-wide support

The committee, chaired by Dr. Jerald Woolfolk, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, includes student members as well as representatives of such cross-campus constituencies as the employee unions CSEA and United University Professions.

“This is about a healthier, cleaner and more vital college,” Woolfolk said. “But it is also about respect for all campus citizens — smokers and non-smokers alike. We are not asking anyone to quit smoking or using tobacco, but we do intend for the new policy to provide the motivation and the means to encourage it.”

A 2012 survey of more than 1,200 faculty, staff and students conducted by the committee reported that 16 percent of students said they used tobacco in the last 30 days. Only 7.1 percent of the surveyed faculty and staff said they use tobacco on a daily basis.

Donna Jerrett, a Clean Air Committee member and registered nurse at the college’s Mary Walker Health Center, announced the start of an educational and promotional campaign for Tobacco Free 2015 during an Earth Day afternoon celebration to mark the announcement.

Student and employee supporters handed out brochures and buttons bearing the “OzQuits!” nickname for the campaign and provided information about cessation opportunities, adverse health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke, and environmental impacts.

Fulton school board approves budget

By Ashley M. Casey

The Fulton City School District Board of Education approved the fourth and final draft of the 2014-2015 district budget at its April 23 meeting.

The final budget totals $67,357,685, up 3.22 percent from the 2013-14 budget of $65,259,100.

The proposed tax levy — the amount to be raised by taxes — is $20,142,125, a 1 percent increase from the previous year’s budget. Actual tax rates will be calculated in the summer.

Not included in the total budget amount is a $60,000 proposition to buy two vehicles.

If the proposed budget is defeated twice by voters, the district goes to a contingency budget of $66,871,685. The tax levy would be $19,942,698, the 2013-14 amount.

The contingency budget would remove $30,000 in equipment and would eliminate the restoration of $25,000 to the athletic program, three elementary teaching positions, and the proposed $35,000 for an elementary mental health clinician.

Other business

• Director of Instructional Assessment Betsy Conners said the district is applying for several STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grants for the middle and high school grades.

One such grant would allow seventh- and eighth-grade teachers to participate in a three-day professional development opportunity through BOCES in August. Conners said the interdisciplinary approach of STEM is becoming increasingly important to skilled jobs. The district will hear back about the grant in May.

• Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner introduced a “school within a school” model for alternative education students at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Currently, about 85 high school students participate in an alternative program at the Education Center. This would allow alternative students to take elective classes at GRB but maintain their current flexible scheduling and “safety net” of support services in a “pod” or partial wing at the high school.

The program would move four full-time and a handful of part-time alternative teaching positions to GRB. Geitner and GRB principal Donna Parkhurst are aiming to start the new program in September.

“It’s going to take a lot of coordination and individual planning if we move to this model,” Geitner said. “We want to replicate all the components that we believe are effective — and that students are telling us are effective — (and) offer them a broader range of opportunities.”

• Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation Jerry Seguin updated the board on the 2012 capital project’s progress.

He said crews worked “fast and furious” through the April break to update IT infrastructure and clean power systems at Volney and Fairgrieve elementary schools, as well as asbestos abatement at Fairgrieve and the Education Center.

The district has received state Education Department approval for the replacement of the gym floor at Lanigan Elementary School, part of the 2014-15 capital project. The project will be bid out in May and the renovation will take place over the summer.

The replacement of locksets across the district will extend into the fall of 2014.

Seguin said other summer projects include the replacement of the Volney and GRB roofs, renovations of the Education Center’s auditorium and gym ceiling, and renovations in Volney and Fairgrieve classrooms.

• The board also voted to pass the BOCES administrative budget, which is tentatively calculated at $6,408,434. The school board voted three members to the BOCES board for three-year terms: Eric Behling of the Mexico district, John Shelmidine of Sandy Creek and William “Dave” White of Oswego.

Coming up

• Petitions for school board and library board candidates are due to the district office by April 30.

• The public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Junior High School.

• The next regular school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 13 at the Education Center.

• The budget vote, school board election and library proposition vote will be held May 20 at the elementary schools.

Hannibal softball needs more offense

By Rob Tetro

Hannibal’s interim varsity softball coach Dave Meeker expected his inexperienced team to take a few lumps this season.

So far, his expectations have been pretty accurate. Hannibal has yet to win a game this season, with an 0-3 record.

The Lady Warriors began the season April 11 with a 21-9 loss to Bishop Ludden. Hannibal capped off the 3-game stretch with a doubleheader against county foe Phoenix April 17, losing the first game 16-0 and the second 25-2.

Bishop Ludden got off to an impressive start in its game with Hannibal, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first inning.

Bishop Ludden wasn’t about to let up and by the end of the fifth inning, Bishop Ludden had an 18-0 lead over the Lady Warriors.

However, Hannibal refused to quit. During the sixth and seventh innings, the Lady Warriors outscored Bishop Ludden, 9-3. But the game ended with a Bishop Ludden win by 1-9.

The Lady Warriors were led by Sabrina Weigand with a hit and 3 RBIs.

After falling to the Lady Firebirds 16-0 in Game 1 of their doubleheader, Hannibal’s struggles continued during Game 2.

Phoenix wasted little time putting the game out of reach. By the end of the second inning, the Lady Firebirds had a 21-1 lead over the Lady Warriors.

Hannibal scored during the third inning to cut the Lady Firebirds’ lead to 21-2. then Phoenix scored 4 more runs during the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 25-2 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Kimberly Holbrook with 2 hits and 4 RBIs including a homerun. Following Holbrook was Gabrielle Esposito with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Shannon Dolan had a hit and an RBI while Jada Jackowski chipped in 2 hits for Phoenix.

Cheyenne Wilson earned the win on the mound for the Lady Firebirds, throwing 8 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 2 hits in a complete game effort.

The Lady Warriors were led by Megan Norris with a hit and 2 RBIs, followed by  Malana Scott with 1 hit.

Dallas Voss got the start on the mound for Hannibal. She threw 1 strikeout while allowing 21 runs off 5 hits in 3 innings of work.

In relief of Voss, Malana Scott threw a strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 4 hits in 2 innings pitched.

Fulton baseball continues to struggle

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team has lost its last 4 games and now have an overall record of 1-7.

On April 18, the Red Raiders lost both games of a doubleheader against Homer — 11-1 in Game 1 and 14-2 in Game 2.

It didn’t get any easier for Fulton when they took on East Syracuse Minoa in a doubleheader April 19, as the Red Raiders lost 13-1 in Game 1 and 8-7 in Game 2.

In the Homer first game, Homer began building its lead after a scoreless first inning.

By the end of the third inning, Homer had a 4-1 lead over the Red Raiders. Homer then put the game out of reach following a scoreless fourth inning, erupting for   7 runs during the fifth inning to cap off an 11-1 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Jon Cummins with a hit and an RBI against Homer. Following Cummins was Jeremy Langdon with 2 hits while Michael Bolster, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef chipped in a hit each for the Red Raiders.

Fulton was led on the mound by Michael Bolster with 1 strikeout while allowing 8 runs off 10 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings of work.

Nick Summerville pitched in relief of Bolster, throwing a strikeout while allowing 3 runs off 6 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched.

After Homer rolled past the Red Raiders in game 2 of their doubleheader, 14-2, Fulton turned their attention to a doubleheader against ESM.

In Game 1, after a scoreless first inning, ESM jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the  second inning. The Spartans put the game out of reach during the third inning, scoring 9 unanswered runs to take an 11-1 lead over the Red Raiders.

ESM added 2 more runs during the seventh inning en route to a 13-1 win.

Fulton was led by Michael Bolster with a hit and an RBI, followed by Peter Ravesi with 2 hits and Charles Alton, Cameron Clark and Dan Coant with a hit each.

Charles Alton led the way on the mound for the Red Raiders. In 3 and 1/3 innings of work, Alton threw 1 strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 7 hits. In relief of Alton, George Lewis allowed 9 runs off 9 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched.

Michael Bolster also got time on the mound for Fulton, allowing 1 hit in an inning of playing time.

The Red Raiders came up short in Game 2 against EMS.

Fulton jumped out to an early lead of 5-2 by the end of the second inning. But ESM wasn’t about to fold.

During the third inning, they cut Fulton’s lead to 5-3. After a scoreless fourth and fifth innings, ESM tied the game, scoring a run in both the sixth and seventh innings.

The game then went to extra innings. The Red Raiders scored 2 runs during the top of the eighth inning to take a 7-5 lead.

But Fulton wasn’t able to keep ESM off the scoreboard down the stretch. They scored 3 runs during the bottom of the eighth inning to escape with an 8-7 win over the Red Raiders.

Leading the way for Fulton was Charles Alton with 3 hits and an RBI. Following Alton was Jeremy Langdon with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Dan Coant, Dillon Guernsey and Kirby LaBeef each had a hit and an RBI.  Cody Green and Jake Seymour chipped in a hit each.

On the mound, Dan Coant threw 3 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off 8 hits in 7 and 1/3 innings pitched. Cameron Clark threw 1 strikeout while allowing 2 runs off 1 hit in 1/3 of an inning of work.

Hannibal baseball begins season with 4 losses

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity baseball is 0-4 to begin the season, losing doubleheaders to Mexico and Phoenix.

On April 12, Mexico held off the Warriors, 10-7 in Game 1 of their doubleheader. In Game 2, Mexico prevailed with an 11-8 win.

Phoenix rolled past the Warriors, 19-2 in Game 1 of their April 17 doubleheader. In Game 2, Phoenix blanked Hannibal, 7-0.

Mexico escaped with a hard fought win over the Warriors in Game 1 of their  doubleheader.  After an evenly played first inning, the game was tied at 1.

However, Hannibal pulled ahead during the next 2 innings, outscoring Mexico 4-2 during the second and third innings to take a 5-3 lead.

Then Mexico erupted took in the fourth inning, scoring 5 runs to pull ahead. Hannibal had no answers down the stretch as Mexico held on for the 10-7 win.

Mexico was led by Jake Gorton with a hit and 3 RBIs, followed by Justin Marden with a hit and 2 RBIs, Anthony Moretti with a hit and an RBI and Brian Dufrane, Tanner Stevens, Tyler Stever and Dante Turo combined for a hit and 4 RBI.

Tyler Stever earned the win for Mexico on the mound. He allowed a run off of 2 hits in an inning of work. Following Stever was Justin Marsden who allowed 6 runs off 3 hits in 3 innings of work. Caleb Wallis is credited with the save for Mexico.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Colton Cannova and Austin Mattison, with 2 hits and an RBI each. They were followed by Shane Sweeting with a hit and an RBI and Greg Hadcock with an RBI.

On the mound, Colton Cannova started the game for Hannibal, throwing 2 strikeouts while allowing 3 runs off 4 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings of work.

Following Cannova was Jorge Padau who threw a strikeout while allowing 7 runs off 2 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched. Taber Carter finished the game for Hannibal on the mound.

In Game 2, Mexico scored a couple of late runs to seal the win over the Warriors.

Early on, it seemed as if Mexico would roll — after 4 innings of play, Mexico had a 7-1 lead.

However, the Warriors battled back during the next 2 innings. They outscored Mexico, 7-2 during the fifth and sixth innings to come within a run at 9-8.

But they were unable to get any closer. Mexico added 2 more runs during the top of the seventh inning to cap off an 11-8 win.

Mexico was led by Anthony Moretti with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, followed by  Justin Marsden with 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

Dante Turo had a hit and 2 RBIs and  John Bouck, Tanner Stevens, Tyler Stever, Caleb Wallis and John Washer combined for 3 hits and 3 RBIs.

On the mound, Dante Turo earned the win for Mexico. In 3 and 2/3 innings of work, Turo threw 5 strikeouts while allowing only 1 run off 3 hits.

Following Turo was Anthony Moretti, who threw a strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 3 hits in 1 and 1/3 innings pitched. Tanner Stevens earned the save for Mexico, with 3 strikeouts and 3 runs off of 3 hits in 2 innings work.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Sam McCraith with 3 hits and an RBI against Mexico. Following McCraith were Taber Carter, Greg Hadcock, Ethan Straub and Shane Sweeting, each with a hit and an RBI. Colton Cannova and Austin Mattison added 2 hits.

Austin Mattison started the game on the mound and in 3 and 1/3 innings of work, Mattison threw 4 strikeouts while allowing 7 runs off 5 hits.

Following Mattison was Troy Landis who threw 2 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs off 4 hits in 3 innings pitched. Jorge Padau is credited with throwing a strikeout while allowing only a hit in 2/3 of an inning.

After falling to Phoenix 19-2 in Game 1 of their doubleheader, the Warriors suffered the same fate in Game 2.

In Game 2, Phoenix stifled the Warriors early and often. The Firebirds jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the first inning and then Phoenix put the game out of reach during the next 2 innings. The Firebirds scored 5 more runs during the second and third innings en route to the 7-0 win.

Phoenix was led by Jordan Jock with 2 hits and an RBI, followed by Emilio Tassone with a hit and 2 RBIs. Bryce Plante and Zach Schlacter had a hit and an RBI each and Dylan Borza chipped in a hit.

On the mound, Jordan Jock earned the win for the Firebirds. In 6 innings pitched, Jock threw 5 strikeouts while allowing just 1 hit.

Bryce Plante earned the save for Phoenix, throwing a strikeout and allowing only 1 hit in 1 inning of work.

Leading the way for Hannibal were Jon Combes and Austin Mattison with 1 hit each. Austin Mattison pitched the entire game for the Warriors, throwing 6 strikeouts while allowing 7 runs off only 3 hits.