By Katie Musacchio
SYRACUSE, NY- The Syracuse Spartans trailed closely behind the Syracuse Salt Cats Tuesday night, unable to come through for the win, losing the game 7-5.
The Salt Cats won against the Spartans for the second time this season at Onondaga Community College. However, both games between the two have ended in close scores despite two Salt Cat wins.
Both the Spartans and the Salt Cats began putting points on the board in the second inning. Player of the game, Spenser Mcghee scored the first run of the night for the Spartans. The Salt Cats took the lead right away, earning three runs in the bottom of the second.
The Spartans had a total of 11 hits during Tuesday’s game. Manager Matt Michalski said, “We weren’t lacking in hits tonight, it was just a matter of execution. The biggest issue we had today was our strikeouts. We need to focus on having competitive at-bats. It’s not about getting a huge hit, sometimes it’s just about putting the ball into play and focusing on each pitch as they come.”
The Spartans were able to gain momentum in the top of the fourth by putting two more runs on the board. Singles hit by Mcghee and Lake Lloyd helped move base-runners as the Spartans challenged the Salt Cats. The fifth inning also showed promise for the Spartans. Two singles were hit, one by Max Gebauer and the other by Jackson Geisler. The Spartans managed to score two runs during the fifth, placing them just shy of catching up to the Salt Cats’ lead. The final innings didn’t prove lucky for the Spartans. The Salt Cats ended up scoring one more run, perpetuating them to a two-run lead going into the end of the game.
Nate Burns, Daniel Aguilar, and Stephen Centorani took the mound for the Spartans during Tuesday’s game. “I thought our pitchers did pretty well. Stephen Centorani came in and showed us some really good stuff,” Michalski said. Michalski mentioned Centorani’s potential to succeed on the mound throughout the future of the season. Centorani ended the night with eight strikeouts under his belt.
Michalski said, “I told the guys that even with the mistakes we make, we’re still in all of these games. It’s not like we’re getting blown-out, were having a lot of hits and always staying in these games.” The team hopes to capitalize on their strengths and improve in their areas of weakenesses for Wednesday night’s game against the Olean Oilers.
The Spartan’s face the Oilers on Wednesday, June 12 in Olean at 5 p.m.