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Lakers Fall to Niagara

Lakers Fall to Niagara

CANANDAIGUA -- The Finger Lakes Baseball team lost a doubleheader to Niagara County Community College on Saturday by the scores of 7-1 and 10-6. The Lakers are now 8-12 on the season and 2-4 in Region III play.

The Thunderwolves got out in front of the Lakers with runs in the second, third, fourth, and sixth innings. Finger Lakes got on the board in the sixth when Danny D'Eletto led off the inning with a walk. He stole second base and advanced third on a wild pitch. He would be brought home on a groundout by Ryan Juergens to make it 4-1. Niagara would answer with three runs in the top of the seventh however on their way to the 7-1 victory.

Starting pitcher Kevin Close allowed only two earned runs over six innings and struck out two. Max Franzone went 2-2 for Finger Lakes.

The Lakers would jump out quickly in Game 2. After Derick Fera retired Niagara one, two, three in the top of the inning, Matt Ashley would lead off the bottom half with a walk. He would advance from second to third base on a Danny D'Eletto flyout and score when Max Franzone drove him in for the 1-0 lead. Niagara would bounce back with three unearned runs in the second inning, but the Lakers would tie the game again in the third. Once again, Matt Ashley would get things going with a walk. He would advance to third on a Franzone double. Both of them would be brought in on a single by Ryan Juergens to tie the game at 3-3. Niagara would take the lead right back with a pair of runs in the fourth. Jay Perry led of the bottom of the fourth with a single. He would be bunted to second by Matt Horne and go to third on a single by Matt Ashley. Danny D'Eletto would single up the middle to score Perry and trim the margin to one, with Niagara leading 5-4. The Thunderwolves would widen the margin in the sixth inning with a five run frame, but the Lakers would not go away. Mike LiPani singled to start the Lakers in the sixth. That would be followed by an Elliott Austin single. It was Austin's first career hit. Hunter Hey would walk to load the bases and two runs would score on an error to make the game 10-6 going into the final inning. Austin Miller would pitch a perfect inning for the Lakers in the seventh. With two outs, LiPani and Austin were able to hit another pair of singles, but they would be stranded, ending the game in a 10-6 Niagara win.

Ryan Juergens had a pair of hits for the Lakers and drove in a pair of runs. Max Franzone, Michael LiPani, and Elliot Austin also had multi-hit games. Derick Fera pitched into the sixth inning and allowed only two earned runs. He also struck out a pair of Niagara batters.

The same two teams will meet up again on Sunday to complete the season series. First pitch from Finger Lakes Community College is set for 1pm.

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