By Katie Musacchio
The Syracuse Spartans suffered a hard loss to the Syracuse Salt Cats on Saturday night (5-2).
A big first inning for the Salt Cats gave them a 5-0 lead. Although the Spartans were able to hold the Salt Cats off for the remaining eight innings, the team couldn’t execute in order to win back the game.
In the bottom of the first the Salt Cats pulled off two hits and five runs. Connor Wilson scored the first run of the night by stealing home. An error in the field and on-point base running allowed the Salt Cats to put five on the board quickly.
The Spartans began their mission to comeback in the top of the second. A single by Jackson Geisler brought Max Gebauer in to put the score at 5-1. Quick innings followed after this, both teams holding each other steady without allowing many hits or runs.
Steven Colon, the starting pitcher for the Spartans, executed well with seven strikeouts in his five innings at the mound. Colon was able to recover for the remainder of his time pitching after the five-run first inning by the Salt Cats. Nate Burns came in afterward to relieve Colon and finish off the night.
Momentum picked up for the Spartans in the top of the eighth inning. Singles were hit by Corey McMann, Spenser McGhee, Bryce Moore, and Max Gebauer. Unfortunately, the Spartans didn’t execute at the right times to score enough runs to take the lead. One run after Bryce Moore’s single brought the score to 5-2. This would be the final run of the game, with a quick three outs in the top of the ninth to finish off the night.
The Spartans play on Sunday night at OCC against the Rome Generals.