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Westhill baseball holds off Skaneateles, 8-6 – Eagle News Online

NEW YORK CENTER – Having gone eight innings in their opener on May 6, the west hill and Skaneateles the baseball teams would meet again exactly one week later.

And again, it proved hugely entertaining, with the Warriors erasing a three-point deficit, then nearly squandering a four-point lead before hanging on to beat the Lakers 8-6.

Seeking revenge, Skaneateles pounced on Ryan Campbell for three runs early in the first innings, two of which scored on wild pitches, before Westhill responded with three runs late in the first.

Then a four-point second, spurred by a tough Lakers lineup, seemed to give the Warriors control. But Skaneateles calmed down and got three solid innings of relief pitching from Cooper Purdy, who replaced Nate Shattuck.

So it was 8-4 at the start of the seventh. Aidan Kerr, looking to lock in saves, hit James Musso, sparking a rally where the Lakers put two men on base and, with two outs, drove them home on a pitching error.

Fired up, Skaneateles charged in, putting the score and go-ahead on goal, but Purdy, with a chance to extend the game, failed to end it.

Before all that, Westhill got a pitching gem from Tyler Campbell by shutting out Bishop Grimes 8-0 last Monday afternoon. Campbell struck out eight and allowed just three hits in six innings.

Westhill used two runs in the second and fifth innings, along with a three-run third, to move ahead, with Brady Richadson earning three RBIs as Geoff Daniul Drove hit two and Campbell helped his own cause with three hits .

Skaneateles, in the first of three games in as many days before Westhill’s rematch, were overpowered by Christian Brothers Academy in an 11-2 defeat.

Other than Emil Sander, who went three-for-four with a double and RBI, the rest of the Lakers had just one hit against four CBA pitchers who combined for 11 strikeouts.

Frustrated with the three-game skid, Skaneateles knocked it out on a 10-1 Weedsport side on Wednesday, racking up 16 runs over the first two innings on the way to an easy 22-4 victory.

Musso and Mike Blowers both had three hits and seven runs between them. Scott Scherrer had four runs, with Trey Michel getting three RBIs as Purdy, Chad Lowe and Cal Anna and Cooper Purdy had two runs apiece.

As this continued, Westhill met the same Cazenovia team that Skaneateles lost on May 7 and pounced on every mistake the other Lakers made along the way, winning by a score of 11- 1.

Cazenovia scored in the top of the first and charged the bases with an out, but pitcher Mike Madigan escaped that block and got a shutout the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, the Warriors scored three times late in the first and broke with seven runs in the second, Richardson had two RBIs, Chester and Tyler Campbell getting two hits apiece as Aiden Kerr scored twice.

Westhill then beat Hannibal 14-4 on Thursday at Skaneateles, taking on Homer, earned a well-deserved 4-3 win over Trojans.

A two-run fourth inning had the Lakers ahead before Homer scored three runs in the top of the fifth. But the Lakers came back even in the bottom of the fifth and won it when, in the seventh, Shattuck tripled and Herr brought it home, rewarding Musso, who in a full throw effort struck out 10.

In the end, that win was even better because on Saturday Westhill met Homer and lost, 7-6, rallying from a 5-3 deficit to score three times top of the seventh for a 6- 5, but then seeing the Trojans score twice in the bottom of the seventh against Kerr, who had relieved Tyler Campbell in the fifth.

At plate, Tyler Campbell’s home run and three RBIs weren’t enough, nor was Kerr going three-for-three and scoring twice. Zander Johnson went deep for the Trojans and had a pair of RBIs.