By Katie Musacchio
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK-The Syracuse Spartans took on the Syracuse Salt Cats, losing 7-2, on the Spartan’s ALS Awareness Night at Onondaga Community College.
The Spartans have raised over 500 dollars as of July 5 for their annual ALS fundraising event. The team participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to contribute to the cause during last night’s game as well.
Pitching five innings for the Spartans was Mike Paciocco. Paciocco ended his time at the mound with five strikeouts. Parker Caston came in to pitch the final four innings of the game.
In the bottom of the first singles by player of the game Corey McMann, Spenser McGhee, and Bryce Moore contributed to the first run of the game. This put the Spartans up 1-0 going into the second. A quiet second, third, and fourth inning kept both teams on their toes. The Salt Cats began to make moves in order to tie it up in the fifth inning when Connor Wilson made it home (1-1).
The Spartans weren’t able to make much happen at the plate for the remainder of the game. In the top of the seventh a homerun by Salt Cat’s Connor Wilson added momentum to the rival Syracuse team. The Salt Cats ended up scoring a total of three runs in the seventh to take the lead (4-1). Another three hits and three runs in the eighth inning would extend the Salt Cat’s lead to 7-1.
Errors in the field allowed the Spartans to score one more run in the bottom of the ninth. Although they hoped to keep the bats going and comeback to win, only Spenser McGhee got a hit for the inning. The Spartans eventually fell to the Salt Cats 7-2 to end out the ALS Awareness Night at Onondaga Community College.
A full weekend of ball-games is coming up for the Spartans, including two home games against the Rome Generals on July 5 and July 7.