BOONVILLE, N.Y. - Coming off a split doubleheader against the Onondaga Flames, the Adirondack Trail Blazers looked to to pick up at least one win against the Geneva Red Wings on Thursday but dropped both games.
In game one, the Trail Blazers were able to take an early lead against Geneva in the bottom of the second. Hayden Rappoport (Dartmouth) picked up an RBI single scoring Robert Zurawski (Hillsdale).
Adirondack added to their lead in part to back-to-back-to-back doubles in the bottom half of the third. Joe Simone (Rider) brought in two runs and and would score one batter later with Zach Zschering (Adrian) picking up a double of his own. Four runs in total would come across to score in the inning, giving the Blazers a comfortable 5-0 lead.
Geneva began their comeback in the top of the fourth against Blazers' starter and PGCBL All-Star Jake Walker (Rhode Island). A solo home run from Mikey Arman (Kenyon) and an RBI single from Jake Evans (Alabama Southern C.C.) decreased the lead to 5-2, opening up the potential save situation later in the ball game.
The Red Wings did most of their damage against Walker in the fifth, as all nine Red Wings made a plate appearance and five would score. Domonic Toso (Bucknell) hit a two-run home run and Matt Smith (UC Davis) had a two-RBI triple. Evans also had an RBI double, and the Red Wings took a 7-5 lead.
The Blazers did all they could to fight back, especially Simone. He sent a ball into the next county with a big solo shot and reduced the deficit to one run.
Geneva scored one run in both the sixth and seventh innings, widening their lead slightly. They were able to hold on and take game one 9-6.
Walker earned his first loss this season, making his record 4-1. He pitched five full innings and struck out four.
Alex Bellardini (Youngstown State) pitched a complete game, striking out four and walking only three batters. He is now 5-1 this season with the win.
Game two was much more of a cakewalk for the Red Wings. They put up two quick runs in the second with a two-run home run from Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina), taking a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the same inning, Adirondack was able to put a run on the board and keep a tight grip on the Red Wings. Riley Schaefer (Texas Lutheran) hit a solo home run to cut the lead in half, 2-1.
In the top of the third, Geneva continued to chip away at the Blazers and widened their lead. Yohei Ishiyama (Nihon (Japan)) lead off the inning with a solo shot and a sacrifice fly by TD Walker (Jacksonville) gave the Red Wings a 4-1 lead.
Geneva opened up the flood gates in the next two innings, pouring on a total of 13 runs between the fourth and fifth. Ishiyama hit a two-run triple in the fourth and finished three-for-five on the night, just a double shy of the cycle. In the fifth, Ben Terwilliger (Maine) hit a grand slam that stayed fair by a hair. Twelve batters saw action and nine reached base in the fifth for the Red Wings.
The Trail Blazers still never gave up despite trailing 17-1. In the home half of the fifth, they put three runs on the board, including two RBI from Simone who reached on a dropped ball in left field that would have been the third out.
Despite their hard efforts, the Blazers were unable to catch up to the Red Wings as the visitors took game two by a final score of 18-5.
Jonathan Hardy (MVCC), another All-Star for Adirondack, falls to 2-3 with the loss. He pitched four full innings and struck out only one batter.
Stephen Larson (Iowa Wesleyan) won his first game this season in his first start on the mound. He threw five innings, struck out two and issued no walks.
Adirondack will hit the road Saturday to take on the Newark Pilots. Geneva also has another away game on Saturday, but it will be in Onondaga to take on the Flames.
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