(Canton, N.Y.)- SUNY Canton’s seventh-inning rally fell short as they lost to Fisher College 10-9 Saturday afternoon.
The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but after a lengthy first game, cold temperatures and snow along with impending darkness, it was decided to call the second game. The two teams will play a tripleheader on Sunday starting at 11 a.m.
Saturday’s game, the fourth meeting between the two teams this season, was a wild contest that saw both teams pull off stirring comebacks.
SUNY Canton jumped out on top in the bottom of the first when senior Tom Darling (Oswego, N.Y.) plated freshman Eddy Morel (Lake Worth, Fla.) with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. The Roos held the 1-0 lead for the next two innings, before opening a 5-1 advantage with a four-run fourth inning. Senior Michael Zelyez (Brasher Falls, N.Y.) drove in three of the four runs with a three-run double to right field, and freshman Kyle Sacks (Clifton Park, N.Y.) followed one batter later with an RBI-single to right.
But Fisher didn’t go away and closed the gap to two runs posting three runs in the top half of the fifth inning and then took their first lead of the afternoon with three more runs in the top of the sixth thanks to an RBI-double from Eridani Dume and a two-run single by Victor Lebron. The Roos tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Zelyez drove in another run with a groundout to short. Fisher went back on top with four runs in the top of the seventh, but now it was the Roos turn to rally in their final at-bat.
Senior Gerardo Torres (Theresa, N.Y.) started the rally with a single down the leftfield line. After freshman Kevin Hill (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) flew out to right field, Darling ripped a double to right centerfield plating Torres and pulling the Roos within three runs. Darling then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when freshman Braden Giffin (Lake Worth, Fla.) reached first on an error by Fisher’s second baseman, and suddenly the score was 10-8. Freshman Mike Petrelli (Sunrise, Fla.) came on to pinch run for Giffin, and moved to third on a groundout from sophomore Chris Jones (Deerfield, Beach). Freshman Greg Dobies (Schenectady, N.Y.) came in as a pinch hitter and promptly singled to centerfield plating Petrelli and pulling the Roos to 10-9. Zelyez then drew a walk putting runners on first and second, but the Falcons Christopher Cantu got Morel to fly out to right field and end the game.
Zelyez finished with four RBIs and Sacks had two singles. Junior Jordan Hunneyman (Redwood, N.Y.) gave up three runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Junior Bryce MacDonald-Wilson (Gastein Passage, Nova Scotia) allowed one walk in the fifth inning, and senior Zach Rosenthal (Miami, Fla.) allowed seven runs on six hits with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Lebron finished with five RBIs for Fisher.