(Canton, NY) Freshmen pitcher James Amelotte (Cornwall, Ontario) threw an amazing game tonight as the SUNY Canton baseball team ended their season with a heart-breaking result against SUNY Plattsburgh by a score of 4-2 in extra innings.
The Roos dropped game one of the double-header 19-6 on a warm and finally sunning afternoon. Senior pitcher Josh Soffer (Ottawa, Ontario) was honored on this Senior Day and was also given the nod as starting pitcher for the game. It was a scoreless first inning and the Roos equalized a second-inning Cardinals run with their own on a RBI single by Phil Tsiaras (Toronto, Ontario) scoring Jared Marckese (Lecanton, Fla.). The Cardinals scored five runs in the third inning, two runs in the fifth, and five runs in both the sixth and the seventh, as the Roos bats cooled down and the Plattsburgh Pitcher Casey Mohrien was hot on the mound.
The seventh inning saw the Roos mount their comeback as they scored two runs; Marckese scored on a balk and Josh Jones (Brockville, Ontario) scored on a Steve Cano (Miami, Fla.) single RBI. In the eighth Gerardo Torres (Stafford, Va.) scored on a Jordan Hunneyman (Redwood, NY) RBI and Torres came across the plate on a Marckese single to right field. The Roos scored their final run of the game in the ninth inning as Tsiaras scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Jason Thomas (Harrisville, NY).
The Roos came out of the blocks fighting in game two and Amelotte was determined to leave his mark in the outing. He pitched into the tenth inning and was solid, consistent, and still throwing heat until he was relieved. He threw an impressive 13 strikeouts while allowing only seven hits and four runs while he was in control on the mound. Amelotte was relieved by Travis Legacy (Malone, NY) who pitched out the remainder of the inning, striking out one.
It was a scoreless game until the Roos put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hunneyman hit a double to left field, scoring scoring Dylan Casselman (Brockville, Ontario) and Marckese singled to right field bringing Hunneyman across the plate. It was a score that would stand until the Cardinals broke down the Roos defense with a two-run comeback on a two-hit inning. The game would go into extra innings when in the top of the tenth the Cardinals scored two more runs. The Roos were unable to equalize in the bottom of the inning.