By Katie Musacchio
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK-The Syracuse Spartans played the Rome Generals for the second time in three days on Friday, July 5. Friday’s game ended in a loss for the Spartans after the seventh inning due to the ten-run mercy rule (13-1).
The first inning began slow for both teams, ending in a tied ball-game with no runs scored. Pitching for the Spartans was Joseph DeGroot from Cazenovia College. Gil Merod earned player of the game for the Spartans. Merod had a total of two hits during Friday’s game.
The Rome Generals took control of the game in the second inning, bringing in five runs to secure a solid lead. Continuing to work hard at the plate, the Generals extended their lead to 6-0 in the third inning. This lead continued to grow in the top of the sixth, with the Generals adding four more runs to take on a 10 run lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Zac Legaretta lead off with a double, but Syracuse wasn’t able to execute in order to bring him home.
The Spartans needed to earn at least one run before the end of the seventh to keep the game from ending by a mercy rule. Heading into the Spartans final chance to continue playing, the Generals pushed their lead even further (13-0). A double by Bryce Moore started the team off right at the plate in the bottom of the seventh. Jackson Geisler was able to get a single and RBI as the first run of the night was scored for the Spartans. Merod hit a single to left-center field. Although a solid effort, the Spartans weren’t able to beat the 10-run rule before the eighth inning, cutting the game short with a Spartans’ loss (13-1).
The Spartans play again Saturday against the Syracuse Salt Cats at OCC.