Leesburg, FL - The D'Youville baseball team closed out their time in Florida on Friday afternoon against the Cazenovia Wildcats, defeating the Wildcats 12-6 in game one and falling in game two 10-4.
Game one saw the Wildcats jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first before D'Youville scored on in the bottom of the inning. Renato Quinones (Lockport, NY/Saint Joe's) walked with one out and then came in to score on an Alex Liem (Dorchester, Ont./Dorchester Secondary) double to make it 2-1 after one inning.
Both teams would add a significant amount of runs to their totals in the second as the Spartans took the lead. Cazenovia would add four runs to bring their total to six as they led 6-1. In the bottom of the inning, the Spartans would respond.
Josh Battaglia (Rochester, NY/Hilton) would reach base on a fielder's choice with two outs, coming in to score in the next at-bat as Kevin Sanders (Buffalo, NY/City Honors) reached on an error. Quinones would then reach on a walk with Jeremy Glinski (Sloan, NY/Bishop-Timon St. Jude) doubling home Sanders to make the score 6-3. Liem would then reach on an error to score Quinones as D'Youville trailed 4-6.
Nick Jank (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) would then come to plate and tie the game with a swing of the bat, bringing home Glinski and Liem to tie the game at 6-6. The run onslaught would continue with Justin Varney (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) singling to score Jank as Jared Glowniak (Dunkirk, NY/Dunkirk) and Matt Guenther (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) loaded the bases in the next two at-bats. Battaglia then came up for the second time in the inning, driving in a run after getting hit by a pitch with the Spartans taking an 8-2 lead at the end of two.
Another run crossed the plate for D'Youville in the fourth with Glowniak and Guenther reaching base with one out. Sanders then drove home Glowniak on a fielder's choice to increase the lead to 9-6.
The bottom of the sixth saw the team put the game away. Guenther and Sanders each reached base with one out. Two batters later, Glinski hit his first career home run as he drove in three runs with D'Youville winning the game 12-6.
D'Youville had a strong performance at the plate with a total of nine hits. Glinski and Liem had two each with Glinski driving in four runs and Jank driving in two. Sanders, Quinones, Jank, Varney, and Guenther each had a hit with Quinones and Guenther tallying two walks each.
On the mound, Adam Lampman (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) picked up the victory with 7.0 innings pitched, allowing four earned runs and striking out two.
In game two, Cazenovia broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth with six runs to lead 6-0. The Spartans answered back in the top of the fifth as Shane Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) reached base and had Quinones pinch run, stealing second. A Sanders single would score him with Glinski getting on base and Sanders scored on an error as the Spartans trailed 2-6.
Cazenovia added four runs in the bottom of the inning to go ahead 10-2, but D'Youville answered with two in the sixth. Jank led off with a double, followed by Varney reaching on an error. Quinones and Battaglia would single in back-to-back at-bats, scoring the two. However, that would be where the run production from the Spartans would halt as they fell 4-10.
Sanders, Jank, and Battaglia tallied two hits each while Glinski, Liem, Mateo Santos (Jamesville, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt), and Quinones had one hit each. Logan Lipowski (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) had four plate appearances.
Bryce Little (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) got the start, going 3.1 innings and allowed no earned runs with four strikeouts. Roberto Pagliero (Vaughan, Ont./Bill Crothers) came in and allowed no earned runs with Glowniak allowing one earned run. Zach Cocking (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame) came in for 1.2 innings of relief and allowed no earned runs.