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Lakers Sweep Bombers

Lakers Sweep Bombers

By Jimmy Habecker

CANANDAIGUA – The Finger Lakes baseball team got back to its winning ways with a doubleheader sweep of the Ithaca College JV squad on Saturday. They took the first game by the score of 5-0 and the nightcap 8-5. The Lakers are now 4-12 on the season.

Game one got off to a quick start for the Lakers thanks to the pitching efforts of Alan Rombkowski. The freshman from Maumee, Ohio, retired the Bombers 1, 2, and 3 hitters with three strikeouts in the top of the first inning. The Lakers would give Rombkowski the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Corey Galletta would single and score on a single by Dylan Catlin. Catlin currently leads the Lakers in RBIs with seven. It was a lead that Rombkowski wouldn't relinquish. In his second career start, he looked untouchable at times. Rombkowski scattered four hits while pitching into the seventh inning. He finished the game with seven strikeouts.

Finger Lakes would extend its lead to 3-0 with two more runs in the second inning. Danny D'Eletto would walk and steal second base. He would then score from second on a dropped third strike that Aaron Freida would beat out at first base. Freida would also steal second and score on a sharp single by Joey Simmons. The final scoring of the game would come in the fourth inning. With one out, Galletta would collect his second single of the game. A Simmons walk and Catlin single to load the bases would follow that. Troy Loparco would single home Galletta and Nicholas Petrantoni would bring home Simmons for the fifth and final run of the game.

Max Fleig and Kevin Carpentier would pick up the final two outs of the game to secure the 5-0 win for the Lakers. Galletta and Kenny Urbanik both finished the game with a pair of hits. Freida stole two bases in the contest. He is tied for the team lead with seven stolen bases.

Finger Lakes would fall behind early in game two. Trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of the second, Branden Rhodes got the offense started for the Lakers. He would single and a walk by D'Eletto would follow that. Freshman catcher Matt Burns would then double to left centerfield to score both Rhodes and D'Eletto. The double was the first hit of Burns' collegiate career. Finger Lakes would add two more runs in the third. Simmons jump-started the Lakers offense in the third by hitting a leadoff triple. He would then score on a Loparco groundout. With two outs, Rhodes would then reach base after getting struck by a pitch while standing in at the plate. After he reached base, D'Eletto would double to knock him in.

Led by four straight hits, the Lakers would widen the lead to 8-4 with four runs in the fourth inning. Freshman Zach Kosachook would double with one out to get it started. The hit was Kosachook's second on the day. Galletta would score him on a single. Simmons would also single for his second hit of the day. A Nate Eastman single brought home Galletta. Simmons would score on a passed ball and Loparco would bring Eastman home. When the dust settled, the Lakers held an 8-1 lead.

Freshman Derick Fera pitched well for Finger Lakes. He struck out seven over five innings while allowing just three hits. This was Fera's first collegiate win after tallying 38 in his high school career at Lyons. The Bombers would work back into the game in the sixth with three runs; however, Danny Baker shut the door in the seventh with two strikeouts to earn the save.

Finger Lakes will be back in action against Tompkins Cortland CC on Tuesday, April 2nd. The home doubleheader will open up regional play for the Lakers. First pitch against the Panthers is scheduled for 2pm.