ROME, NY-The Rome Generals snagged a win, with a final score of 2-3, against the Syracuse Spartans Saturday night at Delutis Field.
The Spartans went into Saturday’s game after a tough loss to the Salt Cats on Friday night.
Christopher Mosley, Joseph Degroot, and Ryan Sliwinski all took the mound for the Spartans Saturday night. The three combined gave up a total of eight hits for the entire game.
Manager Matt Michalski gave a lot of credit to the pitching by the Spartans during the game. Michalski also mentioned hitting success, but recognized room for improvement among Spartan batters.
“The pitching was done really well in this game. They got us out of a lot of situations. They held the Generals to one run the whole game. The pitchers had a lot of ground balls and potential double plays, but we (the team) just couldn’t get it done. I give the hitters a lot of credit for getting a lot of hits. We had 14 hits this game, but we just couldn’t get the runs in. Basically, what it comes down to is situational hitting and being able to score runs,” said Michalski.
The Generals put one on the board in the bottom of the second for the first run of the game. The fifth inning was a big one for the Spartans, putting them ahead of the Generals, after success at the plate brought in two runs. First, Andres Garcia hit a double then advanced to third after a wild pitch, putting the Spartans in the perfect spot to score. Aj Jergenson and Bryce Moore both hit singles for the Spartans during the fifth.
The Spartans held off the Generals until the very end, but the ninth inning proved it’s never really over until it’s over. In the bottom of the ninth, Rome came back from behind with four hits and two runs. A walk-off single would be the demise of the Spartans on Saturday.
Manager Michalski stated, “Like I said, the situational hitting needs to improve. With that we might have been looking at a 3-0 record for the start of the season instead of a 1-2 record.”
The Spartans face the Sherrill Silversmiths Sunday, June 9 at 1:30 p.m. for the fourth game of the season. The game will take place on the Spartans’ alternate home field, at Lafayette High School.