By Katie Musacchio
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK-Back-to-back games against the Syracuse Salt Cats end with one win (1-0) and one loss (2-1) on Thursday and Friday. The Spartans made it into the playoffs on a wildcard, due to a loss by the Rome Generals that allowed the Spartans to move ahead in the NYCBL East Division.
Friday, July 19 was the final regular season home-game for the Spartans. The Spartans organization invited all host families, sponsors, and local non-profits to Friday night’s game. In total, the Syracuse Spartans raised $2,456 toward local non-profits. These non-profits include: the ALS Foundation, Sleep In Heavenly Peace, Camp Lookout, the Rescue Mission, Griffin’s Guardians, Hope for Heather, Make-A-Wish, the Salvation Army, and Challenger Baseball.
In Thursday’s game, a double by Corey McMann allowed for Kevin Lo to make it home and score the only run of the game. This bottom of the sixth success put the Spartans on top to win the game. With both teams only having three hits throughout the entire game, Thursday’s game moved quickly. Pitching for the Spartans was Brock Weirather and Nate Burns. Burns ended the night with eight strikeouts.
Friday’s final home game for the regular season against the Salt Cats didn’t end in favor of the Spartans. Singles by Kevin Lo and Tommy Buckman in the first inning got the Spartans on the board early. This run would end up being the only run scored by the Spartans throughout the game. A solid top of the third put the Salt Cats ahead (2-1). A triple by lead-off Connor Wilson gave the rival Syracuse team momentum.
The game ended Friday night with a score of 2-1. The Syracuse Spartans still have a chance at the playoffs to beat the Salt Cats. The two teams play in a single elimination round on Monday at Onondaga Community College.