The Spartans (22-17) faced the Rome Generals (20-18) for the second time in three days in a crucial matchup for the NYCBL East Division. Coming into the game, Syracuse had a half game lead over the Generals for second place, while the Spartans were only half of a game out of first place.
Both teams started early, as Syracuse and Rome both scored in their respective half of the first inning. Rome outdueled starting Spartan pitcher Zach Soder in the first inning, scoring three runs on four hits in their first at-bats.
The Spartans did get a run back in the bottom of the first inning thanks to an RBI groundout by designated hitter Edison Mercado that scored shortstop Jack Paulson, bringing the score to 3-1. Paulson finished the game 1-5 with a single and a run scored.
After grabbing another run in the top of the third inning, the Generals took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Spartans got another one back to cut the lead to two, after a triple from center fielder Cyrus Senior and an RBI double from first baseman Chris Schad.
Rome right fielder Evan Delaney extended the Generals lead to 5-2 when he smacked a solo homerun over the left field fence.
Soder battled through six innings in the contest, giving up five runs, four of them earned on seven hits while striking out three and walking one. The Belmont Abbey College attendee gave up his first homerun of the season this outing, grabbing his second loss of the season. He is now 5-2 in the summer.
On the other side of the mound, starting pitcher for the Rome Generals Matt Ogozaly went five and two thirds innings, only giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out two
Christain LaLomia came in relief for Soder, going two innings, giving up one run on three hits and notched the win.
The eighth inning proved to be crucial for the Spartans, as they grabbed five runs take the 7-6 lead.
The first run was scored thanks to some good base-running by third baseman Hunter Tralli. Tralli led off the frame with a single, and then stole second and third base, making it easy for him to score his BLANK run of the season off of a Paulson groundout.
Two more runs came in after an RBI double by Edison Mercado. Mercado scored Senior and Schad, who got on base with a walk and single respectively. A dropped popup by third baseman Carmine Giordano allowed Mercado to score.
Jay Perry then came in to pinch hit, and the move by Williamson paid off as Perry sliced a single into left field, scoring Micah Riddick from second base.
SPARTAN(S) OF THE GAME: Jay Perry and Rich Marshall
Jay Perry grabs co Spartan of the game for his go-ahead pinch hit single in the bottom of the eighth inning. That is Perry’s 25th RBI of the season. Rich Marshall also grabs co Spartan of the game. The Johnson and Wales product recorded his third save of the season in his fifteenth appearance for the team.